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Seminar: Mark Ellisman

The Medical School Discovery Team is presenting the following seminar:

  • Speaker: Mark Ellisman; Professor and Director of Center for Research in Biological Systems, University of California - San Diego.
  • Seminar Title: Toward Making the Invisible and Complicated Understandable: Advances in Correlated Imaging from Brains and Cells to Molecules.
  • Date: February 17th, 2016
  • Time: 12:00PM
  • Location: CMRR Seminar Room 2-102 (2021 6th St SE)
  • Download the Flyer here.

Presented by: Medical School Discovery Team - Imaging across Multiple Scales of Neuronal Organization: Circuit-Based Approaches to Brain Function.

Biophysics Seminar: Expansion Microscopy-Improved Resolution Through Uniform Specimen Expansion

Biophysics Seminar

  • Speaker: Paul Tillberg - Synthetic Neurobiology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Seminar Title: Expansion Microscopy-Improved Resolution Through Uniform Specimen Expansion
  • When: February 17th, 2016
  • Time: 10:10AM
  • Where: PAN 120

Abstract: I will present Expansion Microscopy (ExM), a method in which the optical diffraction limit is circumvented by physically expanding a biological specimen prior to imaging. Expansion brings sub-diffraction limit structures in the size range viewable by a conventional diffraction-limited microscope. In ExM, proteins and visible probes are chemically anchored to an in situ-synthesized swellable polyelectrolyte gel. Proteolytic digestion is used to disrupt native tissue structures and enable uniform, 4.5-fold expansion of the material with anchored probes.

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!