Congratulations to the Grady group in the College of Engineering on their recent publication in the Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE) entitled Near Simultaneous Laser Scanning Confocal and Atomic Force Microscopy (Conpokal) on Live Cells. This work demonstrates in detail how to perform near-simultaneous confocal and atomic force microscopy. For more information on the instrumentation used for this work or to see how you can apply a similar approach to your studies please contact core staff.  

Image of Comparison of 3D renderings of AFM and confocal microscopy of living HEK cells.
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Light Microscopy Core Who We Are

The primary mission of light microscopy core is to support the optical imaging needs of the UK research community by assisting them in obtaining, analyzing, and quantifying high quality images and data. The facility provides access to and expertise in a wide range of advanced imaging instrumentation that include confocal, multiphoton, and super resolution microscopes. 

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Click through these images to see our equipment in action.

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Cells grown on 3d scaffold, imaged with the Zeiss 880. Courtesy of Divakar Karanth.

New Slide Scanner

The scanner allows automated scanning of up to 100 slides for either traditional three-color histology stains or fluorescence labeled slides. The unit is equipped with 7 fluorescent channels and polarization options for bright field.

For general inquiries regarding the Light Microscopy Core, please submit the following form.