Instrumentation

JEOL 1230 TEM

The JEOL JEM-1230 is a high performance, high contrast, 40-120kV transmission electron microscope with excellent imaging capabilities suitable for biological and materials science applications.

Leica SP8 image

The new fast resonant scanning Leica SP8 confocal microscope is a high-tech powerhouse. The resonant scanning unit allows confocal images at 28 frames per second full-frame, and faster for smaller images. It is equipped with a cryo-incubator stage allowing stable temperature control from -2°C to 50°C enabling live real-time long time-lapse imaging.

Zeiss Lightsheet microscope

This lightsheet microscope is fully equipped and can be used for fast imaging of samples with a lot of 3-dimensional depth. Most commonly used for imaging embryo development, and other multicellular organsims live or fixed. Excellent environmental chamber controls for temperature, immersion media, and CO2. Instead of imaging on a slide, the sample is embedded in a column of agarose.

Spectral Confocal

This system is an inverted Olympus IX81 confocal microscope equipped with 6 laser lines for excitation, spectral detectors and environmental control. 

Olympus DSU (Spinning Disk) Confocal

Olympus DSU (Spinning Disk) Confocal with environmental control chamber and Hamamatsu ImaEM CCD camera (C9100-13). The system has excellent sensitivity and speed for imaging live cells and dynamic processes.

The 2-photon microscope in this facility is on an upright microscope base with a motorized X, Y stage.

An upright microscope with DIC optics, an alternate high NA darkfield condenser and fluorescence.

IX81 inverted microscope

This Olympus inverted compound microscope is equipped with high quality objectives, fluorescence and a Qimaging scientific CMOS camera allowing high frame rates even in low light conditions. The filters, objectives, and z-position are all motorized for automated image collection.

Inverted compound microscope with phase optics, fluorescence and Evolution ™ QEi Camera.

Olympus BX60

Olympus BX60 Microscope an Upright Compound Microscope with DIC optics, fluorescence and Optronics color camera

Olympus SZX12 Stereomicroscope

The Olympus SZX12 stereomicroscope is used for tissue preparation and documentation of samples at lower magnifications.

Imaris Software

These 2 computer workstation runs current Imaris software with the Imaris Measurement Pro, Filament Tracer, Cell, Colocalization, Track, Vanage and XT modules. They both also have Fiji (ImageJ). Hercules 2 has Zeiss Zen, Leica LASX, and Huygens deconvolution software.

Cryostat

This Leica Cryostat CM1850 is designed to cut thin sections of frozen material.