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MCDB Imaging Core for UM

Welcome! Several microscopes in the MCDB Imaging Facility in the Biological Sciences Building are available to any University of Michigan researcher. Descriptions and recharge rates are explained on this page. Access to scope time granted after appropriate training.

In addition, for MCDB users and collaborators only, MCDB maintains other shared equipment. See the Shared Imaging Labs page and the Molecular Bioscience Facility page for specifics.

Jeol 1400plus transmission electron microscope

Recharge: $129.00/hour


~1.5 hours; less if you have previous experience from the iCores TEM

Contact:  BSB Microscope Imaging Manager/Specialist (

Leica SP8 inverted laser scanning system with WLL and STED

405nm and white light (470-670nm) laser systems, gating, spectral detection, resonant/tandem scanner, and STED super resolution imaging with 592, 660, and 775nm depletion lines. 

Recharge: $44.36/hour

Training Required for Access:

4 hours  Contact: BSB Microscrope Imaging Manager/Specialist (

Leica SP5 upright laser scanning confocal microscope 

with 405, 458, 476, 488, 514, 561, and 633nm laser excitation lines available, spectral detection, superfast resonant scanner, and many other features. 

Recharge: $21.75/hour


4 hours; Contact:  BSB Microscope Imaging Manager/Specialist (


If you have any questions about microscope technologies or accessories available within the MCDB department, please feel free to speak with the BSB Microscope Imaging Manager/Specialist, who will be happy to assist you with using these microscopes to their optimal capabilities, or will recommend other University of Michigan resources, as appropriate.

Gregg Sobocinski, BSB Microscope Imaging Manager/Specialist
( or 734.615.2034