Image Management Visualization and Consulting is available to support the HMS research community with managing images and image metadata. Modern research imaging instruments can produce large, complex image datasets; taking full advantage of this data can be difficult. Omero is a visualization platform available for use across the HMS research community.

  • OMERO is a server platform for the management of microscope images and metadata.
  • Image Management & Visualization Consultation is available to help researchers make best use of the other services available at HMS for the acquisition, analysis, storage, sharing, and publication of research images.


BioRender is a web solution for creating and sharing illustrative scientific figures for publication and communication using a scientifically accurate image library. Images and illustrations can be imported and the service include the creation of new custom icons on demand.

In addition to saving on expensive illustration software, the goal of this solution is to reduce the amount of time required by researchers to create illustrative figures.

Note: This program is being provided as a companion to OMERO.figure which provides efficiency in generating multi-channel imaged based figures. For more information on OMERO.figure, please visit the HMS Image Management Core.

  • Eligible Users can access Biorender starting on January 30! (eCommons ID required)
  • Biorender is being provided at no charge as a nine-month pilot ending on 10/30/19, in order to assess its utility to HMS Researchers. Participants agree to provide feedback on the viability and value.
  • Images created in Biorender can be exported as vector images for modification in traditional illustration applications.
  • Available to HMS and HSDM Quad-based staff, faculty, postdocs, grad students, and Guest users.
  • Students who work in HMS-based research labs are also eligible.
  • Registration by valid, eligible, HMS eCommons ID only.
    No exceptions are possible at this time due to licensing restrictions.
System Requirements

Biorender is a web-based tool which supports Mac OS, Windows and Linux browsers.


There is no cost to participate in the Pilot period. After 10/30/19 there would likely be a chargeback cost for use, estimated at $100 per year, depending on enrollment.


Snapgene offers HMS researchers the ability to plan, visualize, and document their molecular biology procedures. The streamlined interface supports a range of cloning and PCR manipulations.

  • SnapGene is currently offered as a perpetual, non-expiring license. In addition, there is a required annual maintenance fee.
  • Licenses are good for 1 install on 1 computer.
  • Licenses can be moved to a new user can be moved to a new user by contacting
  • Once a license has been activated, it can be used anywhere (No license server required).
  • Important: failure to renew required maintenance will result in forfeiture of SnapGene license.
  • Request your Snapgene License
  • Available to HMS Quad-based staff, faculty, postdocs, grad students, and Invited users
  • Students who work in HMS-based research labs are also eligible (verification required).
  • Registration by Harvard email address is required, e.g. gmail, yahoo, etc. cannot be used.
  • Users with BCMP or Cell Biology affiliations may be eligible for an exception.
System Requirements
  • OS Windows 7 or later
  • macOS 10.10 or later
  • Fedora Linux 21 or later
  • Red Hat Linux 7.2 or later
  • Ubuntu Linux 14.04 or later
  • Memory 1 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk 250 MB available disk space
  • Display 1024 x 768 or higher resolution

As of 11/30/18, $199 per computer for enrollment, plus $53 per year for service and support management.


Information about using SnapGene can be found on the vendor's web site.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact