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HSC Cell Imaging Core

The HSC Cell Imaging Core, with over 20 years of experience, consistently delivers exceptional services to researchers within and beyond the University of Utah, as well as catering to corporate clients seeking access to cutting-edge optical microscopes and advanced imaging analysis software.

As a result of strong and continuous support from both the University and our dedicated users, the HSC Cell Imaging Core has expanded to five major locations across the campus. Each year, more than 300 researchers can readily access our extensive array of over 15 standard and state-of-the-art instruments. We offer comprehensive training for independent instrument use and also provide Assisted Imaging services through our team of experienced core members. In addition, we enthusiastically engage in deep collaborations to assist with complex projects.

We kindly request that patrons acknowledge the HSC Cell Imaging Core in their publications whenever experimental data is generated using our core instruments. This recognition serves to underscore the impact of your work and highlights the vital contributions that the Cell Imaging Core makes. It also plays a crucial role in our efforts to secure grants and funding for acquiring equipment that benefits our user community.

Service Rates

Requesting Services

Existing users may login directly to the Resource Scheduling System to schedule or order services. This system is cores-wide and uses University of Utah uNID authentication.

Training Types

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

New Users (20 hours or less per year)

  • Assisted Imaging
  • Staff will image your samples exclusively with you. Your presence is required for an assessment consultation of your sample quality and image goals.
  • Signature of a release form is required to ensure the quality of samples and the resulting images
  • Acknowledgement in publications for the University of Utah Cell Imaging is a requirement for this type of extensive assistance

Long Term Users

  • Patrons that prefer in depth training for skill development with the goal of imaging yourself and to obtain rigorous understanding of software.
  • Advanced training series
  • Project consultation and basic training
  • Advanced training for special software implementation (FRET, FRAP, live cell imaging, stitching, time lapse, ect.. )

BookStack Documentation

Before working with us, please take the time to read our Microscopy Core Policies and Training Documentation located below.


Xiang Wang

Facility Director


Bill James



Anton Classen

Research Assoc. Microscopist

Lab Tech

Satoshi Komatsu

Research Assoc. Microscopist



HSC - Health Science Center - Building 585

  • Office Phone Number: 801-587-7964
  • Offices
    • Room 48a - Xiang Wang
    • Room 48e - Anton Classen, Bill James

HCI - Huntsman Cancer Institute - Building 555

  • Office Phone Number: 801-585-0106
  • Office Room Number: 1460

CSC - Crocker Science Center - Building 5

  • Office Phone Number: 801-587-0313
  • Office Room Number: 30

Hours of Operation

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Contact Email
Cell Imaging Support

Mailing Address

Cell Imaging
Old Skaggs, Bldg 582
30 S 2000 E, Rm 250
Salt Lake City, UT  84112

Recent Acknowledgements

  1. Almanzar, D. E., Gordon, S. G., Bristow, C., Hamrick, A., von Diezmann, L., Liu, H., & Rog, O. (2023). Meiotic DNA exchanges in C. elegans are promoted by proximity to the synaptonemal complex. Life Science Alliance, 6(4), e202301906.
  2. Anderl, W. J., Pearson, N., Converse, M. I., Yu, S. M., & Monson, K. L. (2023). Strain-induced collagen denaturation is rate dependent in failure of cerebral arteries. Acta Biomaterialia.
  3. Ellis, K. E., Smihula, H., Ganguly, I., Vigato, E., Bervoets, S., Auer, T. O., Benton, R., Litwin-Kumar, A., & Caron, S. J. C. (2023). Evolution of connectivity architecture in the Drosophila mushroom body [Preprint]. Neuroscience.
  4.  Eshima, H., Shahtout, J. L., Siripoksup, P., Pearson, M. J., Mahmassani, Z. S., Ferrara, P. J., Lyons, A. W., Maschek, J. A., Peterlin, A. D., Verkerke, A. R. P., Johnson, J. M., Salcedo, A., Petrocelli, J. J., Miranda, E. R., Anderson, E. J., Boudina, S., Ran, Q., Cox, J. E., Drummond, M. J., & Funai, K. (2023). Lipid hydroperoxides promote sarcopenia through carbonyl stress. ELife, 12, e85289.
  5. Espino-Sanchez, T. J., Wienkers, H., Marvin, R. G., Nalder, S.-A., García-Guerrero, A. E., VanNatta, P. E., Jami-Alahmadi, Y., Mixon Blackwell, A., Whitby, F. G., Wohlschlegel, J. A., Kieber-Emmons, M. T., Hill, C. P., & Sigala, P. A. (2023). Direct tests of cytochrome c and c1 functions in the electron transport chain of malaria parasites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120(19), e2301047120.
  6. Ferrara, P. J., Reidy, P. T., Petrocelli, J. J., Yee, E. M., Fix, D. K., Mahmassani, Z. S., Montgomery, J. A., McKenzie, A. I., de Hart, N. M. M. P., & Drummond, M. J. (2023). Global deletion of CCL2 has adverse impacts on recovery of skeletal muscle fiber size and function and is muscle-specific. Journal of Applied Physiology.
  7. Hagen-Lillevik, S., Johnson, J., & Lai, K. (2022). Early postnatal alterations in follicular stress response and survival in a mouse model of Classic Galactosemia. Journal of Ovarian Research, 15(1), 122.
  8. Hagen-Lillevik, S., Johnson, J., Siddiqi, A., Persinger, J., Hale, G., & Lai, K. (2022). Harnessing the Power of Purple Sweet Potato Color and Myo-Inositol to Treat Classic Galactosemia. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23(15), 8654.
  9. He, Y., Anderson, B., Hu, Q., Hayes, R. B., Huff, K., Isaacson, J., Warner, K. S., Hauser, H., Greenberg, M., Chandra, V., Kauser, K., & Berceli, S. A. (2023). Photochemically Aided Arteriovenous Fistula Creation to Accelerate Fistula Maturation. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 24(8), Article 8.
  10. Hoffman, L. M., Jensen, C. C., & Beckerle, M. C. (2022). Phosphorylation of the small heat shock protein HspB1 regulates cytoskeletal recruitment and cell motility. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 33(11), ar100.
  11. Kidwell, C. U., Casalini, J. R., Pradeep, S., Scherer, S. D., Greiner, D., Bayik, D., Watson, D. C., Olson, G. S., Lathia, J. D., Johnson, J. S., Rutter, J., Welm, A. L., Zangle, T. A., & Roh-Johnson, M. (2023). Transferred mitochondria accumulate reactive oxygen species, promoting proliferation. ELife, 12, e85494.
  12. LaJoie, D., Turkmen, A. M., Mackay, D. R., Jensen, C. C., Aksenova, V., Niwa, M., Dasso, M., & Ullman, K. S. (2022). A role for Nup153 in nuclear assembly reveals differential requirements for targeting of nuclear envelope constituents. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 33(13), ar117.

Citing Our Facility


We would like to thank you for acknowledging the our facility. This recognition allows us to highlight the impact of your work and demonstrates the important contributions of our facility 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 and services we can provide to our users.

Self-Run Services / Instrumentation Usage:

In published papers that used instruments at our facility and notably involved staff members please use the following format:

We acknowledge (facility name) at the University of Utah for use of equipment (insert instrument/service details here), and thank (insert any notable staff member – if desired) for their assistance.

Assisted Services:

In published papers where a staff member assisted you in addition to the requested services please use the following format:

We acknowledge (facility name) at the University of Utah for use of equipment (insert instrument/service details here), and thank (insert staff member-required) for their assistance in (service provided).


For publications resulting from collaborations that assisted with the methodologies, planning process and execution of your experiment in addition to equipment usage we require Co-author attribution on your publication for our facility and any staff members who provided substantial contributions to the originating project.

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