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Center for Advanced Microscopy

The Center for Advanced Microscopy (formerly known as the Cell Imaging Facility) is located on the second floors of Morton and Searle Buildings at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in downtown Chicago.

CAM offers a variety of light and electron microscopy services, and is home to the Nikon Imaging Center.

CAM  is proud to receive the Northwestern University Office for Research Outstanding Core Facility Award for: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

CAM is generously supported by Northwestern University Office of Research, Feinberg School of Medicine, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the NU Department of Cell & Molecular Biology.

Information for New/Prospective Users

This website provide informative guide to our portfolio of more than 30 services. Users are encouraged to discuss their project design and experimental needs with the facility staff prior to using the facility.

If you are interested in being trained on an imaging platform please contact CAM staff.  Include what type of sample you are imaging (cells, tissue, gels etc), your fluorophores, whether your sample is live or fixed and what you are hoping to visualize. Training sessions are Monday-Friday 9-12 or 1-4, and based on the availability of the staff and the instrument.  Cost for the training session is $27/hour in addition to the instrument time.  We can train up to 3 individuals at a time. To schedule a training we will need a chartstring to bill you for the charges, and your NetID. We will also need your full name (as displayed on your ID),  employee ID number (located on the front of your wildcard) and the numbers on the back of your wildcard to grant you access to the facility which is locked 24/7.

New users who need to utilize laser-based instruments (confocals and laser microdissection system) are required to take the ISIS laser safety course by the State of Illinois. Please follow the links for the laser safety course and then register for the all lasers within the facility.


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