UCSD School of Medicine Microscopy Core

The Core serves the needs of laboratories across the campus and the local research community. Our cutting-edge instruments push the limits of resolution, speed and sensitivity. We offer resources that range from electron microscopy ultrastructure resolution to whole organism / live animal imaging. The Core strives to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative research among local researchers. Experienced staff are available to assist with everything from sample preparation to imaging and analysis. All instruments are wholly owned by the Core, providing stable resources to support long-term research efforts.

  • Serving the UCSD research community since 2003
  • Open to all UCSD labs and surrounding institutions
  • Designated a Leica Center of Excellence in 2019
  • State-of-the-art instruments owned by the Core
  • 15 light microscopes and 1 electron microscope
  • Software for 3D and 4D analysis
  • Multiple microscope brands represented for best solutions
  • Supported by highly experienced staff
  • No. 1 NINDS P30 center in # of publications supported 

From UCSD and the Core: New York Times!

Scientists Are Just Beginning to Understand Mysterious DNA Circles Common in Cancer Cells


Microscopy Seminar Series

New Resources Available!

1. Leica SP8 Super Resolution Confocal with White Light Laser, FLIM and STED

2. Leica SP8 Super Resolution Confocal


Image: T Cell - Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, UK