Imaging Platform

Intravital Imaging Platform

The International Microbiome Centre (IMC) Intravital Imaging Platform provides imaging with highly specialized expertise in visualization of microbes and immune cells using real time intravital imaging. 


Our vision is to use intravital imaging to harness the power of the microbiome for better living.


Our mission is to use intravital imaging for microbiome research to gain a detailed understanding of the effect of the microbiome on immune cell location and function in healthy and chronic disease models. In alignment with the overall IMC mission, the imaging platform also offers the latest cutting-edge technologies for advancement of microbiome research to a broad audience of researchers (internal and external), industry and government including animal health, agriculture, energy and the environment. IMC promotes standardization of intravital imaging protocols and is developing a global network for development of collaborations and partnerships to further enable translation of microbiome research.

Key Areas of Research

Microbiome & Chronic disease

Infammatory bowel disease

Type 1 Diabetes

Cancer and cancer immuno-therapies

Early life immune education


Sepsis and intensive care medicine

Cystic fibrosis


Antibody panel design (human and mouse)

Antibody labelling for mass cytometry

Acquisition of samples

Data analysis support by IMC bioinformatics platform


Dr. Paul Kubes

Dr. Paul Kubes, PhD, Director of Intravital Imaging

Dr. Paul Kubes is a Professor at the University of Calgary, Cumming School Medicine and the Founding Director of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. He also holds a Canada Research Chair in Leukocyte Recruitment in Inflammatory Disease. Dr. Kubes has received numerous awards including the CIHR Investigator of the Year in 2011 for his basic science work on how the brain affects immunity. He has also received the Alberta Science and Technology Award and the Henry Friesen Award. Dr. Kubes has published basic science work in Cell, Science, and the Nature journals and also has publications in both clinical journals including Lancet and more translational journals (JCI). His latest work has uncovered a key role for peritoneal cavity macrophage in healing visceral organs.


Shaunna Huston, ACCN RN, BSc, PhD Immunology

Director, Programs and Business, International Microbiome Centre

Phone: 403-220-6074