Molecular Imaging Center

Overview of Services


The Molecular Imaging Center is a core light microscopy facility that specializes in high-end laser scanning systems, live cell and live organism imaging, and optogenetic microscopes.


Imaging modalities include:

• Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy (LSM)

• Spinning Disk Confocal Microscopy (SDC)

• Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM or Lightsheet)

• 2-photon imaging

• in vivo 2-photon Imaging

• Holography: 1p and 2p in combination with SDC or 2p imaging

• Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)

• Super Resolution via Localization (PALM/STORM)

• Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) Microscopy

• Long-term incubation imaging and analysis

  • Slide scanning (fluorescent and brightfield)

• Fluorescent macro scope for imaging and fluorescent dissecting scope for screening


We offer training on all the above modalities. We also offer 3D and 4D rendering and analysis software.


Core Director:  Holly Aaron

Scientific Faculty Advisor:  Ehud Isacoff

Cancer Research Laboratory Director:  Russell Vance


Location and hours of operation


Hours Location

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Monday - Friday         

251 Life Sciences Addition

211 Life Sciences Addition

320 Barker Hall

230 Li Ka Shing Center

Links and Resources


  1. MIC homepage
  2. Training instructions


Name Role Phone Email Location
Holly Aaron
Core Director
251 LSA, 306 Barker & 444-B LKS
Feather Ives
Staff Research Associate
251 Life Sciences Addition

Fixed Cost Services

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Slide Scanning (1)
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Available Equipment and Resources

Barker Hall (3)
Li Ka Shing Center (2)
Life Sciences Addition - 211 (6)
Life Sciences Addition - 251 (8)
Life Sciences Addition - Other (3)