Cell Imaging

The Cell Imaging Facility provides training and consultation on the use of confocal microscopy, widefield automated microscopy, and software analysis tools for quantitative analysis of image data. The facility has four locations (HCI, HSC, Biology, Biochemistry) each with confocal and widefield capabilities. There are several options for confocal microscopy of fixed or live samples, including Nikon A1, A1R, Leica SP8 white light, Olympus FV1000s, Bruker Ultima 2 Photon and a Zeiss 880 Airyscan. There are two Nikon Ti automated microscopes with laser autofocus and stage incubators in addition to two Olympus widefield CCD systems. These instruments run using a variety of proprietary software platforms and some multifunctional image capture programs such as Metamorph, Micromanager and Imaris software are available for 2D and 3D analysis of image data.

Web calendar for scheduling appointments: This system is core wide and uses the campus UNID system. Upon first login you will be asked for information and for which PI there is an authorized chartfield registered with the cores office. If you have problems logging in contact billing at billing@cores.utah.edu

Before working with us, please take the time to read our Microscopy Core Policies. To make a reservation to use our equipment or services, please go to resource.cores.utah.edu. Please arrange for a training appointment with core staff to become approved to use the instruments. Instruments are available 24/7 to appropriately trained users.

Acknowledgments to the Cell Imaging Core

We would like to thank you for acknowledging the University of Utah Cell Imaging Core. This recognition allows us to highlight the impact of your work and demonstrates the important contributions the Cell Imaging Core makes to research across the University of Utah. The recognition our core receives from your acknowledgments also aids in receiving grants and further funding for equipment we can provide to our users.

Self-Users: please mention in your published papers the use of instruments via the University of Utah Cell Imaging Core and any notable staff member.

We acknowledge Cell Imaging Core at the University of Utah for use of equipment (insert microscope(s) or instrument details here), and thank (insert any notable staff member – if desired) for their assistance.

Assisted Imaging: Please mention in your published papers the associate of our staff who took your images for you.

We acknowledge Cell Imaging Core at the University of Utah for use of equipment (insert microscope(s) or instrument detail here), and thank (insert staff member-required) for their assistance in image acquisition.

Collaboration: Co-author acknowledgment, collaborations that assist with the methodologies and planning process of your experiment as well as instrument use. At this depth of assistance, this type of recognition is required.

A variety of instrumentation is available at the Cell Imaging Core.  Click on links below for further information on these systems.

HSC Building 585/586
Confocal Microscopes

Nikon A1

Room 59

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Schedule for Use

Nikon A1R

Room 54

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Schedule for Use

Prairie Multi Confocal

Room 48B

More Info

Schedule for Use

Prairie Ultima 2 Photon Confocal

Room 48D

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Schedule for Use
Widefield Microscopes

Nikon Widefield Microscope

Location: Room 56

More Info

Schedule for Use


Location: Room 54

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Schedule for Use
Slide Scanning

Axio Scan.Z1

Location: Room 60


Schedule for Use
HCI Core Location

A variety of instrumentation is available at the HCI location. These include a Leica SP8 white light laser confocal and automated widefield.  Click on links below for further information on these systems. Mike Bridge and Chris Rodesch (801-633-6589) have office hours there two days a week.

Leica SP8 White light Laser Confocal:

Location: Room 1480

More Info

Schedule for Use

Leica SP8 405-488-561-633 Laser Confocal:

Location: Room 1440

More Info

Schedule for Use

Nikon Widefield Microscope

Location: Rm 1430

More Info

Schedule for Use

New Workstation

Location: Rm 1470

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Schedule for Use

Alice B. Skaggs Biology Building


Location: Rm

More Info

Schedule for Use

Crocker Science Center

A variety of instrumentation is available at the CSC location at Room 032.  Click on links below for further information on these systems

Zeiss 880 Airy Scan:

Location: Room 032

More Info

Schedule for Use

Olympus FV1000

Location: Room 032

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Schedule for Use

James Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building

Olympus FV1000

Location: Currently located in SMBB

More Info

Schedule for Use

E.E. Jones Medical Building

Confocal Microscope
Leica Spinning Disk

Location: Room 5122

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Schedule for Use

Calendar bookings must be deleted by the user 24 hours prior to the time reserved in order to avoid billing charges. Booking time cannot be altered or deleted and is non-refundable nor creditable if this time window is not met. The Cell Imaging Core is not liable if a user no longer needs their booking, if a user’s samples do not work, if a user cannot make their booking, etc. However, if an instrument is down, is offline, or is under maintenance all fees will be voided for that duration.

Users with overages or caught with unregistered time can be charged the commercial rate of $100/h.

ASB – Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building: map

Number: 82
Code: ASB
Address: 259 S 1400 E Salt Lake City, UT 84112


CSC – Crocker Science Center: map

Number: 5
Code: CSC
Address: 1390 Presidents Cir Salt Lake City, UT 84112


EEJMRB – E.E. Jones Medical Research: map

Number: 565
Address: 15 N Medical Dr East Salt Lake City, UT 84112


HCI – Huntsman Cancer Institute: map

Number: 555
Code: HCI
Address: 2000 Circle of Hope Salt Lake City, UT 84103


HSC – Health Science Center: map

Number: 585
Code: RB LAB
Address: 30 N 2030 E Salt Lake City, UT 84112


SMBB – Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology (USTAR): map

Number: 151
Code: SMBB
Address: 36 S Wasatch Dr Salt Lake City, UT 84112

To Set Up a User Account:

Account Setup

Booking Calendar:

Booking Calendar
  1. Fill out and submit a Work Authorization form.  Work Authorization Form.
    • If you need help navigating the form, a ‘How to’ guide is available under the drop down menu labeled ‘Work Auth Forms
    • For additional questions please contact the administrative office at billing@cores.utah.edu
  2. After your authorization is approved, contact us at our email support.cellimaging@cores.utah.edu
  3. Training and an initial project consultation is required and helps us ensure you receive the best images possible that your samples produce.
    • Through our email contact we an give you suggestions on which of our staff bests fits your experiment and goals for training and assistance
    • additional training information is located under the ‘Training Tab’.
  4. Booking on the calendar website
    • Login using your unid (ex. uxxxxxx) and cis password.
    • After logging in, the Cell Imaging Core calendar is located under ‘Resources’ and ‘Cell Imaging’
    • Each Staff member and microscope has a calendar that shows availability that you may book time for your use. Our HSC, HCI and Crocker locations are staffed from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday. Reservations for training and consulations at a specific location (e.g. Morning HCI consolation/training will be with whomever is staffed at that location). If you want an appointment with a specific staff member, choose appointments in the afternoon and the location just like before. For any questions regarding our new calendar system please email us at support.cellimaging@cores.utah.edu.
    • After booking staff member’s time, check the drop down option next to ‘Process’ to add location. Under ‘Data Fields’ and ‘Label add a description of intended use and experiment type.
  5. Microscope
    • First Step: Book time slot with suggested staff for a one-hour mandatory start up project consultation. There you will review goals and plan.
    • Second Step: Book time with both the staff member and suggested microscope simultaneously for initial hardware and software training.
    • Third step: *Optional* After initial training it is suggested to book time with staff for first imaging session.
  6. Building access granted after full training is complete
    • HCI
      • Computer and building access forms will be provided
      • Submit forms per our instructions
    • HSC and CSC
      • You must then go in person with your UID card to our Administrative Office to gain card access to the building and rooms to which you have been granted permissions. To get to our Administrative Office (SOM 5C124), you must go to elevator C in the School of Medicine, go to floor 5, turn immediately right around the corner, and the office is down the hall on the left side.
    • SMBB
      • We will send your information to the SMBB building office.


If you have any more questions concerning this process please contact us at support.cellimaging@cores.utah.edu.

There are two tracks of training offered by the Cell Imaging Core

  1. Short time users: Patrons that plan on 20 hours or less of usage per year.
    1. Assisted Imaging
      1. Staff will image your samples exclusively with you. Your presence is required for an assessment consultation of your sample quality and image goals.
      2. Signature of a release form is required to insure the quality of samples and the resulting images.
      3. Acknowledgement in publications for the University of Utah Cell Imaging is a requirement for this type of extensive assistance.
  1. Long time users: Patrons that prefer in depth training for skill development with the goal of imaging yourself and to obtain rigorous understanding of software.
    1. Advanced training series
      1. Project consultation and basic training
      2. Advanced training for special software implementation (FRET, FRAP, live cell imaging, stitching, time lapse, ect.. )

Our HSC, HCI, and Crocker locations will be staffed from 9am – 1pm Monday through Friday. Reservations for training and consultations at a location (e.g. Morning HCI Consultation/Training) will be with whomever is staffing the location you reserve. If you want an appointment with a specific staff member choose appointments in the afternoon and the location just like before.


HSC – Health Science Center: http://bit.ly/2Oakzdi

Number: 585

Address: 30 N 2030 E Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Office Phone Number:801-587-7964

Office Room numbers:Room 55 – Michael Bridge

Room 48a – Xiang Wang

Room 48e –  Isabelle Harward



HSC is our main facility for the Cell Imaging Core, it is  manned in the morning by Michael Bridge 9am-1pm for consultations, and he can be scheduled at any other location after 1pm.




HCI – Huntsman Cancer Institute: http://bit.ly/2MC4koV

Number: 555
Address: 2000 Circle of Hope Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Office Phone Number: 801-585-0106

Office Room Number:1460

Xiang’s office is located in Research North HCI, first floor, near all microscopy equipment


Our HCI satellite facility is manned in the morning by Xiang Wang 9am-1pm for consultations, and he can be scheduled at any other location after 1pm.




CSC – Crocker Science Center: http://bit.ly/2tD9N7r

Number: 5
Address: 1390 Presidents Cir Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Office Phone Number: 801-587-0313

Office Room Number:030

The office is located on the lower level (floor LL), through the double doors, and is next to the doors leading to the microscopy equipment.





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Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm


Radiobiology Building (Bldg 585), Room 48
30 N 2030 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Xiang Wang Ph.D., Director

Michael J. Bridge Ph.D., Research Associate



Isabelle Harward, Microscope Technician

Oversight Committee

Bruce Edgar, Professor, Oncological Sciences


James Cox, Associate HSC Cores Director
Alex Shcheglovitov, Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Mark Smith, Research Assistant Professor, Oncological Sciences
Markus Babst, Professor, Biological Sciences
Michelle Mendoza, Associate Professor, Oncological Sciences
Minna Roh-Johnson, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry
Sophie Caron, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Gabrielle Kardon, Professor, Human Genetics

Please send feedback about future plans, core policies issues with equipment and usage to the committee if you think it is something we should consider at our meetings.