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Light-sheet Imaging and Zeiss on Your Campus is coming to the UIC

The University Imaging Centers (UIC) are pleased to host a ZEISS on Your Campus (Carl Zeiss Microscopy) Workshop. The workshop will focus on fast acquisition of large samples by optical sectioning using light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM).

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3D Printing: Introducing Onyx

The University Imaging Centers has installed a MarkForge Onyx One 3D Printer. The Onyx One prints using 'Onyx' a composite material that utilziies Nylon and chopped Carbon Fiber to print strong black parts with a high quality surface finish.

To learn more visit our 3D printing page, or email Alex Cramer (

New Microscope Gives Edge to Biomedical Researchers


Before scientists can make breakthroughs in biomedical research, they must understand what’s going on in the body, often at a microscopic level.

But despite the range of sophisticated lab equipment often at scientists’ disposal, it can still be difficult to view some of our bodies’ tiniest structures at the right level of detail to see how their behaviors affect the body as a whole. The right level of microscopic imaging for observing how tissues, connections in the nervous system, cells, and cell parts all interact lands in a gap between what common lab microscopes can reach. Traditional optical microscopes can’t zoom in far enough, while more advanced electron microscopes see things at too tiny a level.  

Recently, the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic teamed up to acquire an instrument that could bridge this divide and bring biomedical researchers at both institutions much-needed imaging capabilities. Through a collaboration between Mayo’s Microscopy and Cell Analysis Core and the U’s University Imaging Centers (UIC) and Research Computing, researchers will soon have access to a serial block face scanning electron microscope—a technology that can image the large, 3D data sets on cells and tissues that were, until now, unobtainable.

The new microscope is undergoing final installation and testing this week at its home on Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. Once installed it will drive forward biomedical research into a wide range of health problems, including neurodegenerative disease, cancer, diabetes, and developmental disorders.

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University Imaging Centers Hourly Usage Fee Modifications

Beginning September 1, 2017, there will be modifications to the hourly usage fees for use of the UIC equipment as part of our long-term plan to ensure enhanced sustainability of the resources.

There will be some decreases in the costs of the basic instrumentation and some increases (though still below the rates of seven years ago) of the most advanced technologies. This new fee structure is laid out here:

There will continue to be no charges for basic training time or consulting, but there will be an advanced imaging training fee that will allow staff to better instruct users through the entire imaging process. 

These changes will better reflect the costs as we continue to add staffing and services; including light-sheet/ high-speed 3D imaging, serial bloc-face scanning electron microscopy and in vivo, pre-clinical techniques like microPET and microCT.

If you have any questions regarding this new policy, please contact Mark Sanders at

Anyone requiring information regarding his/her imaging center usage in past years may contact Alex Cramer at

UMII Represents U of M in International Network of Biomedical Image Analysts

In July 2017, the University of Minnesota, through the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), is representing the Network of European BioImage Analysts, NEUBIAS, in the United States. NEUBIAS is a network of biomedical image analysts with the goal of accelerating life science research in member institutions through collaboration and meetings.

For more information visit the official announcement from the UMII.