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How do I Get Started?

  1. The first step in using the core equipment is to schedule a meeting between the PI, post-doctoral scientist and the facility personnel. During this meeting, the project and details of the experiment will be laid out and the most appropriate microscopic modality selected.

    In this way, the PI and the user are fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses in the experimental design, and the Core personnel can provide maximum methodological and instrumental support throughout the project.

    If necessary, further collaborative participation between the Core and the PI's laboratory may be discussed, which might significantly increase the sophistication of the experiments.
  2. Rules of use PDF must be read and signed at this time. We ask that you strictly comply to this policy for as long as you use the core facility equipment.
  3. Contact the managing staff to obtain:
    • Username and password to access our on-line reservation system.
    • Card-key access to the main microscope room, EM Facilities and/or Tissue Culture/Tissue Prep. Card-key access is managed by Public Safety and will generally be processed within 24hrs of the request.
    • Username and password on the computer(s) running the equipment to be used.
      In addition, you will be added to our mailing list for updates on equipment, policies and unscheduled microscope availability.
  4. The next step is to organize training for the user(s). Contact us to schedule a hand-on training session with either Vincent Schram, Lynne Holtzclaw or Chip Dye.

Rules of Use

Fee Schedule

Zeiss LSM 510 inverted: $20 / hour

Zeiss LSM 510 2-photon: $25 / hour

Zeiss LSM 780 inverted: $40 / hour

Nikon Spinning Disk / Storm / TIRF: $40 / hour

All other microscopes: free

Transmission Electron Microscopy, JEOL 1400

NICHD,  $120 per specimen

How to Acknowledge the NICHD Microscopy & Imaging Core

Here is an example how to acknowledge the M.I.C. in any publication containing work performed in our facility:

"Microscopy imaging was performed at the Microscopy & Imaging Core (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH) with the assistance of Dr. Vincent Schram, and/or Lynne Holtzclaw and/or Chip Dye and/or Dr. James T. Russell."

User Committee

The user committee is composed of PIs heavily committed to microscopy. The present members are:

  • Dr. Tamás Balla
  • Dr. Peter Basser
  • Dr. Juan Bonafaciano
  • Dr. Ajay Chitnis
  • Dr. Steve Kaler
  • Dr. Leonid Margolis
  • Dr. Owen Rennert
  • Dr. Mark Stopfer
  • The committee will meet 3 times a year with all the M.I.C. managing staff to address the following issues:
  • Expansion of the facility
  • Acquisition of new equipment
  • Unforeseen User requirements and needs

In addition, the committee will play an arbitration role should any conflict arise between the facility and some of its users.