Combination of modern microscopy and digital image processing techniques has radically changed biological research at all levels from the molecule to the organism.
We now identify and count molecules, visualize molecular interactions and structural dynamics as digital images to study the biological system. Extraction of numerical information out of three-dimensional space within organisms became a novel and important feature with the technological advancements. Computer simulation has become a realistic approach for biologists, as we can now simulate molecular reactions and mobility as the direct extrapolation of actual digital image sequences acquired through wet lab experiments.
The Centre for Molecular and Cellular Imaging (CMCI) is a base for enforcing top-quality science at EMBL in this direction, by promoting information exchange, discussion between researchers studying biological system at different scale, developing new tools, consult research projects, teaching techniques and organizing seminars and symposia.