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Optical Microscopy and Digital Imaging

Course: Optical Microscopy and Digital Imaging

  • Spring Semester 2015
  • NSCI 4151 (Undergrad) / NSC 8320 (Graduate)
  • 3 Credits MWF 9:05 AM A110 Mayo

Optical microscopy has become the single most widely used tool available to biologists. If you think you'll use optical microscopy in your career, this course will help you:

  • Learn how minor changes you make to a microscope can greatly influence your image -- for better or worse.
  • Understand confocal microscopes can "optically section" through tissue and what factors can keep them from doing so.
  • Know what changes can be made to your digital microscopic images -- and when those changes might be unethical.
  • Comprehend how super-resolution methods can break the diffraction barrier and create images with resolution approaching that of electron microscopy -- the development that won a Nobel Prize this year.
  • Accelerate your research through better use of microscopy.

"Optical Microscopy and Digital Imaging" will provide an opportunity to expand your knowledge about optical microscopy and its uses in modern biology. It will include lectures, discussion of papers and projects based on your own research interests. Register on-line for NSCI 4151 (Undergrad) / NSC 8320 Sec 14 (Grad Student), or for more information contact Martin Wessendorf (626-0145;

Image Analysis Office Hours

The University Imaging Centers is happy to announce new Image Analysis Office Hours.

  • Location: 1-220C CCRB
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and as arranged.
  • Contacts: 301-9850; Dr. Thomas Pengo, E-Mail:

Thomas of the UMII (located in the UIC) can provide multidimensional image analysis resources for researchers interested in sample measurement or visualization at no additional charge.

  • Services Include:
  • 2D Image Analysis (morphometry, particle analysis, densitometry, etc.)
  • 3D Image Analysis (volumetric sample measurement) reconstruction and image editing instruction.

Analysis is performed with Nikon Elements, FIJI, Imaris, MATLAB and R software.

Analysis tools available in the facility includes: Nikon Elements for analysis and deconvolution, Imaris for 3D reconstruction and image analysis, ImageJ / FIJI.

Introducing the GE Typhoon 9500 and Amersham Imager 600UV for Gel and Blot Imaging

Attention University Imaging Center Users!

Welcome the GE Typhoon 9500 and Amersham Imager 600UV (Thanks to support from BMBB!) to Jackson Hall.

These new gel and blot imagers can do fluorescence, luminescence and phosphor imaging. There is still a Storm 860 is available in Snyder Hall, St. Paul and a GELPRO gel imager in MTRF (Biomedical Discovery District).

If you have any addtional questions. Please contact UIC staff.

University Imaging Centers: Offering microscopy technology worthy of the Nobel prize.

The Nobel prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stegan W. Hell and William E. Moerner "for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy".

Official Posting:

Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy technology is currently available to you at the University Imaging Centers!

View the instrument here: Nikon A1Rsi Confocal with SIM Super Resolution.

Please contact Mark Sanders or Guillermo Marques if you're interested in learning more about this technology at the UIC.


Microscopy & Microanalysis 2015


Plan now to attend the largest scientific and equipment meeting dedicated solely to microscopy and microanalysis in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

From our opening to new closing receptions, the meeting will be packed with short courses, tutorials, workshops, 120+ exhibitors with the latest technologies, all anchored by 1000+ scientific presentations and posters.

Meeting travel awards are available for students, post-docs and technologists!

As always, Society members will reveive reduced registration rates. Visit the society websites for detailed membership information.

Take at the downloadable look at the flyer here!