EM training is a serious committment for the researcher and the EM Core. The TEMs, SEM, and microtomes are expensive and require great care and patience to use properly. Misuse may result in significant downtime and expense to repair the device. A new user will likely need many hours of practice on the EM instrument or microtome before he or she will be able to use the device properly and achieve high quality results. He or she may need multiple sessions to properly fix and embed specimens. Nevertheless, a new user can become proficient in a reasonable amount of time.
Training in usage of microtomes and EM instruments, in tissue processing (for thin-sectioning), and in negative stain and other sample preparation techniques is available. Contact the director or a staff member to make arrangements for training. Training is usually done on an individual basis. Small groups of two or more people can usually be accommodated.