The Cell and Tissue Imaging Core operates under the direction of Dr. David Hinton and is supervised by Ernesto Barron and Douglas Hauser.
It is located in a 2,100-square-foot, shared-use facility on the USC Health Science Campus within the Vision Research Center (DVRC) Room 214.
The Core is available to all in the USC community by appointment 24 hours/day.
Training and assistance in the use of the instruments and associated technical procedures is provided by appointment and in scheduled
in-service training sessions.
The primary function of the Cell and Tissue Imaging Core is to provide assistance and training in the operation of equipment for
laser scanning confocal microscopy, multiphoton laser scanning confocal microscopy (Zeiss LSM510), spinning disk confocal microscopy
(PerkinElmer Ultraviewer pinning disk confocal), transmission electron microscopy (JEOL JEM 2100 LaB6), scanning electron microscopy (JEOL JSM/6390LV),
Laser Capture Microdissection Microscopy (Zeiss PALM System), fluorescence microscopy, quantitation of immunocytochemical procedures (Leica and Olympus
Microscopes), and fluorescence and brightfield microdissection and microcapture (Zeiss PALM System). The Core offers support for
specimen preparation, thin sectioning techniques, embedding procedures, cryosectioning techniques, photography, digital photomicroscopy
and photomicrography and computer aided graphics.
Other equipment located in the Core includes a vacuum evaporator, sputter
coater, critical point dryer, two print processors, three enlargers, two print
and film dryers, two dissecting microscopes, a tissue cryostat, tissue chopper,
several computer workstations, a Polaroid slide maker, a color laser printer
and a slide scanner.
Pictures of available equipment