The inverted HoloMonitor cell culture microscope gives you label-free, single-cell analysis on a population level. It works in real-time within a CO₂ incubator or hypoxia chamber. This lets you do long-term studies of in vitro cell cultures in a stable and physiologically relevant environment. HoloMonitor non-invasively quantifies more than 30 cellular parameters reflecting cell proliferation, cell migration and invasion, and cell morphology and differentiation.
Cell-friendly, long-term analysis
The HoloMonitor cell culture microscope is an incubator tolerant cell culture imager. This makes it suitable for long-term live cell analysis. Better yet, using quantitative phase-contrast microscopy, it images your cells with no labels or stains. When you place it in a CO₂ incubator, you can monitor your cell cultures under optimal conditions. Hence, HoloMonitor allows cell analysis for long periods of time, without having the imaging procedure or instrument affect your cells.
Single-cell analysis on a population level
HoloMonitor is a cell culture microscope, which means it images and analyzes cell cultures. However, each image it takes contains data on more than 30 cellular parameters on every single cell. Therefore, you can analyze your cell cultures not only at a population level but down to the single-cell level. The time-lapse images are automatically analyzed as your experiment goes on. Hence, it gives you graphs and scatterplots on single-cell and population data in real-time.
Reuse your cells after the experiment
HoloMonitor does not need labeling, stained or modified cells to be able to image them. The low-energy laser keeps phototoxicity to a minimum, and it images the cells in their normal environment. This means your cells are completely untouched after your HoloMonitor experiment is finished. Therefore, you can use your cells for further studies using other instrumentation, for example, fluorescent imaging by high-resolution confocal microscopy.
Sasa Vasilijic, PhD
Cell culture analysis with standard cell culture vessels
Cell culture microscopes made for live cell imaging often require specially designed cell culture vessels. These vessels are usually expensive and are tailor-made for a specific purpose. On the contrary, the HoloMonitor cell culture microscope was designed to use standard cell culture vessels, such as 35 mm Petri dishes, 96-well plates or microslides. Hence, you can prepare your experiments in your standard vessels. This saves not only money but also streamlines your daily cell culture work by reducing the amount of specially designed consumables. HoloMonitor adapts to you, not the other way around.