If you would like to use the equipment, please fill out the training request form. The core staff will contact you via e-mail to consult about your imaging needs and schedule a 1-2 hour training session for the microscope best suited for your project. Further training on other microscopes is always available. After the training session we will give you access to the microscope calendars in iLabs and you can reserve time on the microscopes on which you have been trained.


Time on all microscopes must be reserved through the iLab calendar. After training, we will grant access to the calendars, which you will allow you to reserve time in iLab.

To help ensure availability of the microscopes for all users:

  • Microscope time may be reserved no more than 14 days in advance.
  • Users may reserve a maximum of:
    • 8 hours per week between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday
    • An additional 12 hours a week between 8pm and 8 am or on weekends
  • On the Nikon Widefield microscope, users may reserve up to 48 hours per week.
  • Users may always book time in the next 24 hours without this counting against their allotment of time

If your project requires more time than allowed under this system please contact the core; exceptions may be made with good cause.


Formal acknowledgements help us demonstrate that the core is producing useful scientific results, justifying continued support. Acknowledgements also helps us justify the importance of the core when we apply for grants. When you publish a paper incorporating data acquired in the core please send a reprint or complete citation of the paper the core staff.

Occasionally the core staff may become substantially involved in experimental design, data acquisition, or data analysis meriting co-authorship. Ordinary training and assistance with the microscope does not merit co-authorship. However, in cases where the project probably would not have been successful or would not have been possible without the involvement of the core staff both the user and staff should consider whether this merits co-authorship.