Training and Education

  • Instrument Training – All new users are required to receive training for each of the instruments they wish to use. A new user form should be completed 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 spring semesters. View course content.
  • Microscopy workshops can be scheduled for lab groups by appointment.


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


IAL staff members are available to provide active involvement in research projects and to 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 demonstration is hosted by IAL.

Help with Lab Equipment

If your 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.