UA to add several new high-end Microscopes

Senior Vice President for Research Kimberly Espy has approved funding to move forward with the purchase of three high-end optical microscopes from Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC. Zeiss had the winning proposal in a competitive RFP that was conducted this summer.

The instruments include an inverted confocal microscope and an upright multi-photon/confocal microscope to be placed in a new ORD Imaging Core Facility within the Marley building (main campus).

The third microscope, funded through an NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant awarded to David Elliott, PhD (Cellular & Molecular Medicine) and his co-investigators, as well as commitments from the Office for Research & Discovery, the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, and the Departments of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Immunobiology, and Physiology, will be placed into the existing Imaging Core on the fourth floor of Life Sciences North (AHSC). This microscope will achieve superresolution through the use of a technique called structured illumination (SIM). For more information on SIM, see the SIM proposal website.

Additional details regarding the three microscopes’ capabilities will be available after the purchase is made.

Additional microscopy news
The NSF has agreed to fund a recent Major Research Instrumentation proposal (Tom Zega, PhD, Lunar & Planetary Lab and co-investigators) to purchase a new high-resolution, analytical Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) that will be housed in an ORD Core facility in the Kuiper Space Sciences building (evaluation of instruments and purchase is underway), which will be coupled with renovations to make Kuiper a state-of-the-art space for electron microscopy in general. The Office for Research and Discovery anticipates moving all electron microscopy out of the Marley building, making it possible to house the new confocal and multi-photon microscopes, and the 3-photon microscope that will be built by the lab of Khanh Kieu, PhD (Optical Sciences) with the support of ABOR TRIF Innovation funding, as well as other equipment from core facility efforts that arise from the synergies anticipated to occur with the opening of this new core in Marley.

September 8, 2015
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