The 3D Cell Explorer for Higher Education

It is amazing to be able to directly visualize the cell in its natural media, without labeling and in 3D.

Yasmine Abouleila and Ahmed Ali, PhD students Research Associates, RIKEN Research Institute, Osaka, Japan


The 3D Cell Explorer for Higher Education

Change the way you teach cell biology and show your students how living cells really are: in 3D and in motion, without the need for toxic and expensive reagents. The 3D Cell Explorer allows to investigate your living cells (bacteria, yeast, protozoa, mammalian) and tissues in real-time and in 3D.

Nanolive’s holotomographic system is a powerful and easy solution to analyze the 3D Refractive Index signature of cells based on the density of their inner structures.

A Plug & Play System that packs the entire Nanolive experience into this accessible model.

The software STEVE is included, an intuitive and comprehensive tool to explore your cell data in real-time.


Exciting Applications for Higher Education

With the 3D Cell Explorer your students can…


Perform label-free non-invasive accurate and quantitative 3D morphological monitoring of living single cells and cell cultures at every second.

On the first image you can find a 2D slice from the RI map of a mouse fibroblast. The small images show its internal compartments (a. nucleus + nuclear membrane, b. lipid droplets, c. lysosomes, d. plasma membrane, e. nucleoli, f. mitochondria). The animation shows the 3D reconstruction of the mouse fibroblast.



Observe and analyze cell behavior and cell-cell interaction without interfering with the cell’s natural physiology.

Dictyostelium discoideum hunting bacteria.


Discover different types of cells with incredible resolution and in 3D. Characterize their internal compartments based on their physical properties (i.e. morphology and refractive index).


Mouse melanoma cells (B16) incubated with dictyostelium amoebae cells. The ΔRI 0.015 between the two cell types allows for segmentation of each cell populations. On the right panel three amoeba cells were zoomed to appreciate the resolution of the system (x,y= 180 nm; z= 400nm) and the lateral view.

The 3D Cell Explorer Highlights

3D tomographic cell visualization

The 3D Cell Explorer delivers a full 3D cell reconstruction at every second. This allows you to record stunning 3D images of entire cells and tissue slices in just seconds and with nanometric resolution.

No preparation, no staining

Our disruptive technology allows, for the first time, to explore instantly a living cell in 3D without any labeling or chemical markers. 

Segment your data through digital stain

Explore your data in 3D using our interactive digital stains based on the cell’s physical refractive index.

Technical Features 3D Cell Explorer