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University Imaging Center
University Imaging Centers - Where the University sees the future

What can the UIC do for your lab!

If you publish work supported by the UIC, e.g. by using one or more of our microscopes or support for image or data analysis, it is obligatory to include a sentence in the acknowledgement in addition to any personel acknowledgement. For example:

We thank the University Imaging Centers at the University of Minnesota for support.


Microscopy and imaging is advancing at a tremendous pace.  What advances are most likely to facilitate your research?  Please provide suggestions.

Where can I find an instrument that does…? Who's the best person to talk to about…? Who's the vendor rep for…? Call, email, or check out our website.
Drs. Wessendorf, Marques and Sanders have a combined 75+ years of experience with microscopy & digital imaging, with "connections" all over campus. We'd be happy to sit down and talk with you about your research plans. We'd love to help you right from the very beginning, but we can "jump in" almost anytime.
We have millions of dollars of state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging from molecules to whole animals. All available for use on a fee-for-service basis with expert training available.
Hands-on training with any of our equipment. We can even help you learn how to better use your own lab microscope. Just ask.
Technical support:
In the middle of something and it's not working? If we don't know the answer, we will do our best to find someone who does.
Need to try a microscopy or imaging technique that's new? Let us do some research for you, we'll investigate the literature, talk to colleagues, check with vendors and help you formulate a plan for how to go forward.
Skilled instrument operator:
Staff can assist you by operating the instrumentation or image analysis workstations.
Assistance with grant or publication writing:
Proposing something new, or writing up something that requires exsiting or new imaging technology, we can help from methods expertise to experimental design. There are also image figure making expertice on staff, so ask about assistance with preparing your figures.
Assistance with core facilities managent:
The ARBF's Light Microscopy Research Group (LMRG) is a great resource to concepts of shared core facility operations and standards. 
Disclaimer: The services and systems offered are available to researchers within the University of Minnesota system and affiliated institutions, as well as some off-campus entities with NIH funding, for their basic research projects or as part of basic research collaborations with other academic institutions or nonprofit organizations. Involvement or funding from for-profit (commercial) organizations is available on a contractual basis. The UIC reserves the right to refuse service to any entity or project that may present a biological or health hazard, introduce potential pathogens, or otherwise pose a risk to staff or contamination to the facility.