UPenn Cell & Developmental Biology
The CDB Microscopy Core maintains confocal and widefield microscopes at three distinct locations within the Perelman School of Medicine: Biomedical Research Building II/III (BRB II/III), the Smilow Center for Translational Research (SCTR), and the Anatomy-Chemistry building.There are two options for using our Core's microscopes:
- Assisted sessions: You bring prepared samples and a Core staff member acquires the images for you. To book an assisted session, contact Andrea or Jasmine via email. Assisted sessions must take place during regular weekday hours (9:00am - 6:00pm, M-F). Recommended for users new to confocal or who need confocal images only occasionally.
- Unassisted sessions: Users who have completed their hands-on training may to book their own sessions through our online reservation system and work independently on any of our microscopes. Unassisted sessions can take place anytime, weekdays or weekends. Recommended for users who need to use our microscopes on a routine basis. For more information about our training program please read this page.
Not sure which microscope is right for your project? Learn about our equipment here.
SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY
Core staff member Yuri Veklich provides consultation, sample preparation, and imaging on the FEI Quanta 250 scanning electron microscope housed in the Electron Microscopy Resource Laboratory, suite B33 Anatomy-Chemistry Building. Contact Yuri directly at yuri AT mail.med.upenn.edu to learn more about SEM or to schedule an appointment.
ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY
Researchers who are interested in probing the structure or viscoelastic properties of biomaterials or cells at the nanometer scale are encouraged to try out the Bruker BioScope Catalyst AFM located in suite B36 Anatomy-Chemistry.This instrument is jointly owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute and the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. For more information contact Professor Richard Assoian at assoian AT mail.med.upenn.edu