Investigation Units

Basic Sciences

Research Center in Microscopic Structures, (CIEMIC, for its acronym in Spanish)

CIEMIC has four basic lines of research of its own:

  1. Ultrastructure of Biological Systems
  2. Ultrastructure of Pathological Systems
  3. Biodiversity
  4. Ultrastructure of Materials
Centro de Investigación en Estructuras Microscópicas (CIEMIC)


  • To lead the generation of new knowledge about the microscopic structure of biological and non-biological systems using high-resolution microscopy techniques seeking a high level of quality, innovation, and diversification in research, teaching and social outreach activities in the country.

Main functions

  • Research, teaching and social outreach.



  • Optical microscopy.
  • Scanning and transmission electron microscopy.
  • Ultramicrotomy.
  • Confocal microscopy.
  • Elemental analysis (EDX).
  • In the biological field, diagnosis of infectious agents, histopathological diagnosis, plagues control, taxonomy, phytopathology, ultrastructure of commercial species, morphology and classification of species and development of new technologies are carried.
  • In materials, the center develops studies about the morphology and microstructure of materials and elementary analysis.

Non Remunerated

  • Advice students and professors about research techniques and procedures using high-resolution microscopy tools.
  • The Council of the External Link Unit has within its functions everything related to social outreach activities.
  • Analysis of requests of the microscopy services for exemption, particularly for undergraduate students and researchers to facilitate access to this tool.