About us

The Ghent Light Microscopy (GLiM) CORE at Ghent University is a university-wide core facility clustering expertise with both standard and specialized microscopes to support life science research located in Flanders, Belgium.

What is our aim?

GLiM aims to provide high end instrumentation and expertise thereby making light microscopy accessible for researches independently of their experience level. The core facilitates microscopy experiments to ensure high-quality scientific research where light microscopy plays an indispensable role.

What do we offer?

GLiM features a broad gamma of light microscopy equipment from standard to custom build microscopes. On all instruments, we offer service measurements or access to the equipment to perform your own experiments. To ensure optimal use of our instrumentations, we provide one-to-one expert advice, training and full technical support. No prior experience is required as the facility staff can support you throughout the complete process to obtain your microscopy based results. Therefore, the instruments are accessible for users of all levels of experience. Besides training on the use of our instruments, we also commit to offer education in the form of a Specialist course.

Who are we?

Facility staff

Daily operation is carried out by Herlinde De Keersmaecker. She is assisted by microscopy experts for additional on-site support.

Herlinde De Keersmaecker (On-site support)


Geert Meesen (On-site support)


Ellen Cocquyt (On-site support)


Bart De Pauw (On-site support)

Bart De Pauw

Jan Aelterman (Image processing specialist)

Jan Aelterman

Elise Callens (On-site support)

Irina Okkelman (On-site support)


Sarah Declercq (On-site support)


Eleven professors from five faculties at Ghent University located in Flanders, Belgium engage themselves to enable this Core Facility.

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences:

  1. Laboratory of General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy
  2. Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences:

  1. Department of Basic and Applied Medical Sciences
  2. Department of Human Structure and Repair

Faculty of Bioscience Engineering:

  1. Department of Biotechnology

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture:

  1. Image processing and interpretation research group

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine:

  1. Department of Morphology