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 locations across campus, each with confocal and widefield capabilities. There are several options for confocal microscopy of fixed or live samples, including Nikon A1R, Leica SP8 white light, Olympus FV1000s, Bruker Ultima 2 Photon and a Zeiss 880 Airyscan. We have a 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.

For questions, updates, and news check out our social media accounts!

Youtube Channel: @ U of U Microscopy or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTSL-YmOYtIfz34zzNRrF5A

Twitter Page: @UofUMicroscopy or https://twitter.com/UofUMicroscopy

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 A1R

Room 54

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Schedule for Use

Prairie Multi Photon Confocal

Room 48B

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Schedule for Use

Prairie Ultima 2 Photon Confocal

Room 48D

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Schedule for Use

Zeiss 700

Room 56

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Schedule for Use
Widefield Microscopes


Room 54

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Schedule for Use
Slide Scanning

Axio Scan.Z1

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.

Leica SP8 White light Laser Confocal:

Room 1480

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Schedule for Use

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

Room 1440

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Schedule for Use

Nikon Widefield Microscope

Room 1430

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Schedule for Use

Data Analysis Workstation

Room 1470

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Schedule for Use

Alice B. Skaggs Biology Building


Room 230

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:

Room 032

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Schedule for Use

Olympus FV1000

Room 032

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Schedule for Use


Room 32

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James Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building

Olympus FV1000

Room 2136

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Schedule for Use

E.E. Jones Medical Building

Confocal Microscope
Leica Spinning Disk

Room 5122

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Schedule for Use

Widefield Microscope

Room 5100

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Schedule for Use

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 SetupBooking 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 (Skaggs Bldg 582, Room 250), enter from the South doors, go up the stairs to the second floor, the offices are straight down the hall.
    • 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.

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.

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.. )



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HSC Imaging Core Newsletters

February 2021


Cell Imaging Core

Email: support.cellimaging@cores.utah.edu

Phone: 801-587-7964


Xiang Wang Ph.D., Director


Michael J. Bridge Ph.D., Research Associate




Bill James, Lab Specialist


Office Locations

HSC – Health Science Center (585) 

Office Phone Number: 801-587-7964

Office Room Numbers:

Room 55 – Michael Bridge

Room 48a – Xiang Wang

Room 48e – Bill James


HCI – Huntsman Cancer Institute (555)

Office Phone Number: 801-585-0106

Office Room Number: 1460


CSC – Crocker Science Center (5)

Office Phone Number: 801-587-0313

Office Room Number: 30

Oversight Committee

Bruce Edgar, Professor, Oncological Sciences


James Cox, 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