West Campus Imaging Core

We offer access to and training in the use of a variety of confocal and epifluorescence microscopes as well as light-sheet, laser microdissection, and atomic force microscopy.

Core Website

Joerg Nikolaus, PhD

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Hours & Location

Integrated Science and Technology Center basement, rooms 006 & 008

About the core

The Imaging Core provides access and training to a broad collection of shared instruments. These include a fleet of optical microscopes with three confocal systems, two wide-field systems, a laser-microdissection system, a cell-culture microscope, a stereomicroscope, and a newly built optical tweezer system. An atomic force microscope (AFM) is also available.

The core also maintains cell-culture equipment, such as a biosafety cabinet, incubators, a refrigerator, and microfuges and lab support areas for cell culture and sample preparation.


Confocal microscopes

  • Leica SP8
  • Leica Stellaris 8 Falcon
  • Nikon Spinning Disk Confocal CSU-W1


  • Leica DMi8
  • Leica Thunder Imager 3D
  • Leica DMiL LED

Light sheet microscope

  • Miltenyi UM Blaze

Laser microdissection microscope

  • Leica LMD7000

Optical tweezers

  • Thorlabs optical tweezers system

Atomic force microscope

  • Asylum Research Cypher AFM

Stereo microscope

  • Leica M125


Primary contact

Faculty Director

Andre Levchenko, EngScD John C. Malone Professor of Biomedical Engineering