Updated Training Policy – 6/23/2021
The Microscopy Core will now accept up to 2 members from the same lab for any given training. Facemasks must be worn by the trainees and the Microscopy Core staff member during the training regardless of each individual’s vaccination status. Outside of training, the Microscopy Core (a non-patient-facing entity) will adhere to the facemask guidelines provided by the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine.
The Microscopy Core
provides access to advanced light and electron microscopes as well as the expertise of dedicated imaging scientists. We provide custom image analysis, comprehensive sample preparation for electron microscopy, as well as clearing and expansion for light microscopy.
Please also take advantage of our imaging-related learning resources.
The Microscopy Core owns a basic transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) that are suitable for a large majority of biological EM imaging applications. For more specialized techniques, we have partnered with the Engineering School’s Michigan Center for Materials Characterization (MC2) to use their instruments. Core staff will still perform sample prep and in most cases can also train users on MC2 microscopes.
The Microscopy Core houses a wide range of light microscopes and imaging systems in the following three locations: BSRB A830, MSII 5631, and NCRC B20 57S. These instruments support a variety of imaging modalities, as described on the Light Microscopy page. Please contact us during the planning stage of your project to help you select the most appropriate methodology for your research needs.
“The BRCF Microscopy Core is critical to my lab’s ability to adopt new techniques and innovate. As a junior investigator working in neuroscience and immunology, I am constantly seeking better ways to study brain structure and neuroimmune activation. The resources of the Microscopy Core make it possible to experiment with different techniques without having to commit my lab to the costs of a single instrument and single technique. Collaborating with the core staff is a great way to push forward into new areas and take advantage of their evolving expertise regarding cutting-edge imaging techniques and technologies.”
“Gaining biological insight from access to the advanced super-resolution and 3D imaging microscopes in the BRCF Microscopy Core has been critical to the success of our recent grant applications and submissions of manuscripts. The staff have also been incredibly helpful for training and data analysis.”
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