Recent advances in light microscopy techniques and associated technologies have allowed researchers in varied disciplines to manipulate and derive information to advance our understanding of the mechanisms associated with cell and tissue structure and function. Traditional light microscopy coupled with fluorescence imaging has enabled researchers to quantify their samples and understand basic biological processes. Laser scanning confocal microscopy coupled with multispectral analysis and multiphoton capabilities provides even more precise sample visualization and exceptional information extraction.
The Advanced Imaging and Microscopy Core have three microscopy systems that are available for use. There are two upright wide field epifluorescence and brightfield systems for routine imaging and an inverted laser scanning confocal microscope with non-linear optics for more advanced imaging. In addition, there is an upright microscope with a camera, a Zeiss stereomicroscope and two dedicated offline analysis workstations that are available for use.