Central Microscopy Research Facilities

Director: Randy Nessler, BGS, MBA
Office: 81 EMRB
Phone: 1-319-335-8142
Randy-Nessler@uiowa.edu

The facilities are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, operating on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Central Microscopy Research Facilities provide instrumentation and technical assistance to research programs, including the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, involving the use of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, light, confocal, and super resolution microscopy, freeze-fracture, and x-ray microanalysis.

The Central Microscopy Research Facilities (CMRF) provide instrumentation and technical assistance to research programs involving the use of:

  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Light microscopy
  • Laser capture microdissection
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Multi-photon microscopy
  • Cryo-techniques
  • Elemental analysis
  • Bioluminescence imaging

The facilities also provide all solutions, supplies, and training necessary for investigators involving microtomy including:

  • Specialized staining and embedding techniques
  • Negative staining
  • Metal coating
  • Cryo-fixation
  • Cryomicrotomy
  • Enzyme-cytochemistry
  • Immuno-cytochemistry
  • Morphometry and
  • Stereology

The CMRF serves both the experienced and novice investigator and provides training for those in need. Alternatively, CMRF staff can handle all or parts of a project.