Information for Multiscale Microscopy Core users

Microscope access and services are available to internal, external, and commercial users. Training, technical service and specimen preparation services are provided by the MMC staff, and are tailored to the needs of the user to help them achieve their research goals.

Specimen preparation services are available for an hourly rate. The services we offer range from consultation to assisting the user in identifying a sample preparation strategy, to partial or full sample processing. Often, specimen preparation, appropriate to the imaging technique being utilized, will be undertaken by the researcher. The determination of an effective specimen preparation method, and an exact protocol is a significant component of most microscopy investigations, and typically are refined by coordinated investigator and MMC staff efforts to optimize the results obtained.

Usage guidelines


Prospective users must submit a Services - sample submission form to initiate microscope services, scheduling and access. Alternately, prospective users may submit a Training - Project Information Form to schedule a consultation and/or training. The training schedule will depend on the microscope to be used. Users may not operate the microscope independently until they have been approved by MMC staff.

External users are required to submit a purchase order and MMC core services user agreement form before services can be scheduled.

Sample submission form - OHSU users and external (Non-OHSU) users
MMC core services user agreement form

Faculty responsibility

A faculty member must take responsibility for academic staff and students who use the facility and for any health and safety hazards associated with samples received and projects performed in the MMC. This includes fiscal responsibility for hourly charges and consumables.


Scheduling will be arranged by MMC Lab staff; to inquire about availability, contact us at MMC@ohsu.edu.


If MMC services are used to generate data for a publication, we ask that you please acknowledge the MMC (as below), and send a copy of the final publication (poster/paper) to MMC@ohsu.edu:

Acknowledgement: "Electron microscopy was performed at the Multiscale Microscopy Core, a member of the OHSU University Shared Resource Cores".