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About Us

The School of Medicine Microscopy Core was initially established in 2004 to meet the imaging needs of research laboratories at the UCSD School of Medicine (SOM). Currently we serve labs at the SOM, general campus as well as sister institutions and local companies.

We offer access to well maintained, high end instrumentation and software that may not be available in individual laboratories. We currently have 15 microscope systems ranging from super resolution solutions to live cell imaging and electron microscopy. We also offer specialized histology services such as Neuro Histology, CLARITY and Array Tomography. Our experts provide consultation and guidance with everything relating to imaging, image analysis and histology.

The Core is conveniently located in the heart of the School of Medicine (CMME basement).  We are proud to be a Leica Center of Excellence and host to three high end Leica microscopy systems with the following capabilities:

  • Multiphoton microscopy
  • STED
  • FLIM
  • FRET
  • FRAP
  • White Light Laser
  • Super Resolution
  • Resonant Scanning 

We partner with the Moores Cancer Center Microscopy Core to meet the imaging needs at both the Main Campus and the Cancer Center campus.

We also closely partner with the EM Core Facility to provide multiscale microscopy services. An NINDS P30 core grant (NS047101) is used to subsidize the rates for P30 sponsored members.

The Microscopy Core is managed by Jennifer Santini, with faculty supervision by Dr. Binhai Zheng (Neurosciences), in consultation with the Microscopy Core Faculty Oversight Committee:

All publications generated utilizing our resources must cite our grant:  NS047101