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The Light Microscopy Facility advances research by supporting robust solutions for optical microscopy.
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Who We Are

The Light Microscopy facility is a fully-supported, shared resources environment open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Janelia scientists. It houses a full complement of state-of-the-art microscopes and multiple workstations dedicated to image processing. Please contact us to discuss how we can advance your research.

What We Do

The Light Microscopy facility provides advanced imaging resources to assist Janelia scientists with their research. In addition to regular maintenance, we offer project-specific training and consultation, technical assistance for image analysis, and periodically arrange in-depth workshops on microscopy theory, techniques, and image processing. Please read on to find out more about our equipmentcapabilities, and additional resources.

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Advanced Imaging Center: Accessing Janelia’s cutting-edge microscopes

The Advanced Imaging Center offers the outside community access to Janelia’s cutting-edge microscopes, at no cost. For further information, please contact Teng-Leong Chew (Center Director).

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Scheduling Equipment

We are located in 2E.380. To reserve an instrument and/or schedule training, please use the button below.

Resource Scheduler


We added an advanced computer workstation, with a full version of Imaris, for analyzing large, image datasets.

In collaboration with the Betzig Lab, a custom Lattice Light-sheet microscope with adaptive optics is being built.

We are developing workflows on Janelia's Image Processing Pipeline (IPP) to easily process (flatfield correction, deconvolution, and stitching) any acquisitions from our light sheet microscopes.

On loan from Zeiss, we have a Fast module for the LSM 880 with Airyscan which enables super-resolution imaging at 4x speed and improved SNR. We also have an adapter for mounting our 20x Clearing ('Clarity') objective on the LSM 880 NLO.