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Confocal Microscopy Workshop

The University Imaging Centers of the University of Minnesota will be holding a three day hands-on workshop on confocal microscopy May 17-19, 2016.  
The goal of the workshop is to provide a clear conceptual framework for the operation of multiple confocal microscopes and instruct the participants on the practical aspects of image acquisition. The workshop will consist of a day of lectures from UIC staff and invited instructors followed by two full days of microscope time (five confocal microscopes available).
Students will receive training in laser scanning and spinning disk confocal microscopes, with special emphasis on the basics of image acquisition.  There will be time and equipment available for techniques such as spectral imaging and FRAP. Participants are encouraged to provide their own samples and the faculty will be available to help in image acquisition optimization.
For additional information or to register for the workshop, please visit the workshop webpage.
Please contact the UIC if you have questions about the workshop.

TheScientist: Image of the Day - Shiny Neuron

Congratulation to Grant M. Barthel, Karen A. Mesce, and Karen J. Thompson!

To visit the site and read the full paper click the photo, or click here!

Labeled dendrites from a grasshopper (Schistoverca americana) neuron with silver and visualized under a confocal laser scanning microscope.

Slide Scanning at the UIC!

High Resolution Digital Slide Scanning (Whole Slide Imaging) at 20X Brightfield

Interested in scanning? Contact Mark Sanders (

Are you interested in capturing multiple histology or IHC images from a microscope or stitching them to construct a full section image?  

Check out these interactive examples:

1. Brightfield scan of multiple H&E stained tissues on 1x3" slide at 20X.

2. Brightfield scan of human tonsil tissue (H&E stained) at 20X.

The UIC can now scan whole slides for you at $15/ slide. Whole slide images are digitally accessible on computer monitors, and the benefits include but are not limited to the following:

  • No need for your own microscope or time to collect – full slides scans are digitally available at your fingertips, whenever and wherever you need them.
  • Zoom in & out of digital slides to study regions of interest at a magnification up to 40x.
  • Capture publication-ready images at desired magnification.
  • Share data and annotation digitally over the Internet for presentations or peer reviews.
  • Perform accurate and reproducible quantification and image analysis.

Cloth Printing at the University Imaging Centers

The University Imaging Centers is excited to announce the addition of cloth printing at our Snyder Hall facility!

With the installation of our new printer we are now able to print on a photo-satin cloth great for folding and taking on trips.

Want more information on cloth printing? Check out our printing page!


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.