The UCSD School of Medicine Microscopy Core is now a Leica Center of Excellence! We have two new Leica systems in addition to our Leica SP5 confocal with Multiphoton.

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

Leica SP8 Super Resolution Confocal

These three systems are supported by Leica and we will be hosting several workshops this year. A Leica representative will be onsite once a month to answer any specific questions. Core staff are available during business hours to answer any questions.

Leica Representative Onsite Hours: 9AM - 5PM

December 2nd

Upcoming Demonstrations:

Hamamatsu NanoZoomer S60 Digital slide scanner

To sign up for a demo time, please visit our doodle calendar

November 4th - 8th

Upcoming Seminars:

UCSD School of Medicine Microscopy Seminar Series

UCSD - CNCB Large Conference Room

Refreshments will be served

Dec. 10th 12PM Matthew Shtrahman

Assistant Professor, UCSD Department of Neurosciences 

Session #2: Introduction to Optics and Microscopy for Biological Research

Light offers many unique advantages for probing and manipulating biological phenomenon, as it can be delivered and measured rapidly and non-invasively on temporal and spatial scales that span several orders of magnitude. As a result, becoming competent and familiar with microscopy and photonics has become increasingly important for all areas of contemporary biology. However, these disciplines are traditionally not taught to undergraduate and graduate students in the biological sciences, and there are few opportunities for researchers to learn about these disciplines in a way that is fundamental, yet is not intimidating. I will provide a focused introduction of microscopy for biologists, requiring little to no background in physics or mathematics. Topics covered will be introduction to geometric optics, microscope anatomy, and epifluorescence, confocal, and two-photon microscopy. The goal at the end of the lecture is for researchers at all levels to feel more comfortable with the inner workings of the microscope and to be able to choose the correct type of microscopy technique for their research.

If you are interested in giving a seminar on your research, please email