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Microscope Imaging Network

The Microscope Imaging Network is a University Core facility funded in part through a core infrastructure grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research. The facility co-directors are James R. Bamburg ( and Jennifer G. DeLuca ( but each instrument has its own supervisor and training mechanism so be sure to visit the individual web sites for each instrument listed below for additional contact information. The Network presently includes the JEOL 1400 and JEOL 2000 Transmission Electron Microscopes housed in room W11 A/Z, two Zeiss LSM510 meta laser scanning microscopes, one housed in room W5 A/Z and one housed in room  B318 Microbiology Building, an Olympus inverted IX81 FV1000 confocal laser scanning microscope housed in the Research Innovation Center, Foothills Campus, an upright Zeiss Axioplan 2 fluorescence imaging microscope housed in room 216W A/Z, an Olympus inverted IX81 spinning disk confocal microscope housed in room 224 MRB, a Nikon Eclipse Ti Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) microscope with N-STORM super resolution imaging capability, in room 224 MRB, and two Nikon inverted epifluorescence microscopes in room 224 MRB.  Each of these systems is described in more detail under Instrument Capabilities.

Although NOT part of the Microscope Imaging Network, a JEOL JSM-6500F field emission scanning electron microscope with the in-lens thermal field emission electron gun, a JEOL JEM-2100 F Transmission Electron Microscope, and a Nanoscience 2 Atomic Force Microscope are available through the Central Instrument Facility within the Department of Chemistry (

A steering committee comprised of the co-directors, the faculty members in charge of each instrument, and additional representatives from other colleges provide supervision for the operation of the Microscope Imaging Network. Current steering committee faculty members:

James R. Bamburg, Co-director, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Olympus spinning disk and standard epifluorescence microscopes in MRB.

Susan M. Bailey, member, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.

Brad Borlee, member, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, Olympus confocal microscope at Foothills campus in RIC.

Jennifer G. DeLuca, Co-Director, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Nikon TIRF system in MRB

Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero, member, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, Zeiss LSM510 meta in Microbiology.

Shane T. Hentges, member, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Zeiss LSM 510 meta in A/Z.

Karyn Hamilton, member, Department of Health and Exercise Science.

John E. Rash, member, Department of Biomedical Sciences, JEOL 1400 and JEOL 2000 TEMs in A/Z.