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MCDB Shared Imaging Labs

Please note that you may be required to obtain permission or training from the equipment caretaker before use.

The MCDB Imaging Labs contain advanced microscope equipment, image capture systems, software, and other resources available to all MCDB researchers and collaborators. This shared equipment is provided by the department to best aid as many research labs as possible. 

Directions to the Imaging Suite
Take the east elevator down to basement. Turn left out of the elevator and scan badge to access the microscope suite. Directions to the Imaging Suite

The MCDB department provides several research-grade microscopes with image capture systems to assist researchers with their sample imaging. [Room location in brackets.]


Leica SP8 confocal [B130]

Leica SP5 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. [B134]

Andor/Olympus spinning disk confocal microscope imaging system with 405, 458, 488, 514, 561, and 640nm laser excitation lines, 10x, 20x, 60x, and 100x objective lenses, a FRAP module, continuous focus feature, streaming mode, Photometrics dual view DV2 module, live cell incubation chamber, lens heater, and an Andor iXon Ultra CCD camera. [B122]

Zeiss LSM510 laser scanning confocal system [B114]


Olympus IX81 inverted fluorescence microscope with motorized Z movement, a Retiga 1300R Fast, cooled, monochrome camera and 4x, 10x, 20x, and 40x objective lenses.  [B138]

Leica MZ FLIII fluorescence stereomicroscope with a Leica DC480, 5MP color camera and microscope dichroics for green fluorescence detection. [B138]

Nikon E600 fluorescence microscope with a SPOT RT Slider camera, and 4x, 10x, 20x, 40x, and 100x oil objective lenses. The SPOT camera is a grayscale detector, for fluorescence sensitivity, with a three color filter wheel to obtain detailed color images. [B138]


Jeol JEM 1400plus Transmission Electron Microscope [B118]


Microscope Imaging Suite Specimen Preparation lab in B144A.

Leica 3040S cryostat sectioning, paraffin sectioning microtome station, Richiert Ultracut E ultra microtomes, paraffin and resin heating ovens. 

If you need special specimen storage for use on the microscopes, please arrange with Gregg. 

Molecular Core: Access from the 3C LER.

Room 3215: StepOne Plus qPCR, 7500 Fast qPCR, CFX Connect qPCR, Nanodrop Lite, Qubit 2.0 fluorometer, Pipette Puller and evaluation microscope. 

Room 3235: Tecan M200 plate reader, Tecan F200 plate reader, LiCor CLx IR imager, LiCor Fc UV and luminescence gel imager, GE Typhoon phosphor imager, Lyophilizer.

Please speak with Gregg Sobocinski ( or 734.615.2034) before using any of these microscopes. If you have any questions about microscope technologies or accessories available within the MCDB department, please feel free to speak with Gregg. He will be happy to assist you with using these microscopes to their optimal capabilities, or will recommend other University of Michigan resources, as appropriate.

Reserve Equipment

To reserve the confocal or EM please use the Confocal and EM Sign-up Calendar. (on sharepoint)
A UMROOT password is required.