Training & Education

  • Instrument Training: All new Image Analysis Laboratory (IAL) users must receive training for each of the instruments they wish to use.
    • New users should complete a new user form to request training for one or more instruments as needed.
    • Advanced training and/or refresher courses are available for users with previous training.
  • A graduate microscopy course, VIBS 627—Optical Microscopy and Live Cell Imaging, covers theory and hands-on training on major instruments. The course is offered during the spring semesters.
  • Microscopy workshops can be scheduled for lab groups by appointment.

Consulting & Advice

  • To ensure optimal microscopy results, IAL staff members are available to discuss your imaging needs ranging from sample preparation, reagent purchases, troubleshooting, and image processing and analysis.
  • All information is treated confidentially.


  • IAL staff members can provide active involvement in research projects and contribute intellectual and practical input towards the imaging aspects of research projects, applications development, etc.
  • Staff can assist with image acquisition, data analysis, participate in laboratory meetings as needed, and contribute to manuscript and grant applications.

Host Microscope Demonstrations

  • If your laboratory is interested in testing a piece of imaging equipment supplied by a vendor, it may be easier and more convenient if the IAL hosts the demonstration.

Help with Lab Equipment

  • If you need help with your lab microscope, we might be able to assist (e.g., replacement of bulbs, cleaning, alignment, train a laboratory manager on how to maintain and achieve the theoretical limit of resolution for each application needed).
  • We may charge a technical assistance fee for doing this, depending upon the time commitment.

Scheduling Lab Equipment