F.M. Kirby Center Microscopes
The F.M. Kirby Center Confocal Microscope is now part of the Cell and Developmental Biology Microscopy Core facility.
The F.M. Kirby Center Electron Microscope is part of the BioMedical Imaging Core/Electron Microscopy Resource Laboratory (BMI/EMRL).
Both of these microscopes are available for use by the biomedical research community at Penn.
The Zeiss LSM510 Meta confocal microscope allows researchers to examine ocular and other tissues in a new way, enhancing their current projects and opening the doors to new investigations and collaborations. The microscope has a shallow depth field so an image is collected from an optical diction, rather than from the full depth of the specimen as in conventional light microscopy. Another advantage of confocal microscopy is that specimens can be optically sectioned not only in the XY plane, but also vertically in the Z plane. Images can be viewed in three dimensions, and can even be rotated in space to obtain views of the specimen from all directions.
The FEI Tecnai transmission electron microscope is a state-of-the-art digital instrument that provides high resolution imaging of the ultrastructure of biologic samples.