The Advanced Light Microscopy Core is here to help researchers learn about light microscopy and take great quality images of their samples on our state of the art instrumentation. To that end, we offer the following services.

Free consultations

We offer consultation about imaging goals, instrument selection, and sample preparation. Project planning advice prior to sample preparation is free. Describe your project by email to our team at A staff member with the most relevant expertise will reach out to discuss your project with you one-on-one: remotely or in person. 

Take advantage of our full service

Fully assisted imaging/instrument use. We perform data acquisition for you, with or without your presence. For occasional users with intermittent needs, we consider this the most cost-effective approach to achieve consistent results. Assisted use is available Mon-Fri between 9am-5pm.  

Become a trained user

We will train you one-on-one on our instruments, using your own sample. Once deemed proficient, you may schedule independently and take advantage of lower fees.

Imaging modalities offered

We have many instruments with overlapping capabilities. We strive to identify the most cost-effective selection based on your experiment’s needs, your experience, and your location. Get in touch for a consultation with our expert staff. 

Click Here to see a list of our scopes by location. 

Color Imaging for Histology

  • Zeiss ApoTome (LBRB 478)
  • Zeiss Axio Scan for automated slide scanning (KCRB 3161)
  • Zeiss Axio Zoom dissecting microscope (LBRB and KCRB 3161)

Widefield Fluorescence Imaging

Live Cell Imaging

Optical Sectioning

Sheet Illumination

Zeiss Lightsheet (KCRB 3161)

Super Resolution


  • Zeiss LSM 7MP for intravital microscopy (MRB)
  • Zeiss LSM 880 with 2 photon excitation (KCRB 3161)

Get help with data analysis

To view images acquired on our instruments on your personal computers, we encourage you to install open-source software, such as ImageJ or FiJi, for basic analysis.  

For large data sets and advanced analysis, we offer access to high-end workstations and software packages at both our Marquam Hill and South Waterfront location. View more details about our data analysis services.

Modified Operations

Please read the attached document for details about how we are ramping up our services, and for important news about the restart and modified operations going forward. 

Thinking about a new project? In between grants?

Contact the core director to learn about the USR Pre-award Program.