Microscopy Resources

The Neuroscience Microscope Co-op operates a collection of PI-owned imaging systems and is managed by the Department of Neuroscience Research Committee.

About the Neuroscience Microscope Co-op

At the Department of Neuroscience and McKnight Brain Institute (MBI), we understand the financial constraints that many labs face when it comes to purchasing cutting-edge microscopes. To overcome this challenge, we have established a shared microscope resource that enables MBI faculty members to pool their resources and share their existing microscopes with the MBI community. By joining forces, we can eliminate the need for multiple labs to invest in identical microscopes, allowing us to allocate resources more efficiently.

Click below to learn about the process and review the terms of agreement.

Instrument and Project Consultations

Portrait of Doctor Jason Coleman

In our ongoing commitment to improving productivity and data reproducibility, we have enlisted the expertise of Dr. Jason Coleman. Serving as Scientific Director for the co-op, Dr. Coleman will provide training, consultation on microscopy systems, unbiased imaging, and rigorous data analysis.

Dr. Coleman received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Florida. He has over 10 years of experience in research investigating the visual system and in the development and use of viral vectors for gene transfer for studying the nervous system.


Below you’ll find a list of available resources. If you would like to use any of them in a current of future research project, please click the title below to see how to access training and their schedules.

high-throughput fluorescence

Keyence BZ-X700

An all-in-one life science microscope that can easily observe, capture, and analyze images in fluorescence, brightfield, and phase contrast without the need for a darkroom.

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Zeiss Lightsheet Z1

Equipped with with Life Canvas SmartBatch+ Tissue Clearing and Immunolabeling System and 4 laser lines, a mesocale imaging system and 2.5x, 5x, and 12x objectives compatible with organic solvent clearing methodologies.

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inverted 2-photon/Confocal/STORM

Nikon A1R MP

Laser-scanning confocal (LSCM), multiphoton (MP), and N-STORM (super-resolution) inverted microscope for fluorescent samples. Available Tokai-Hit stage top incubator with active CO2 and temperature regulation, and passive humidity, for imaging live tissue/cells. 

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upright 2-photon/in vivo

Scientifica HyperScope

This system is optimized for imaging approaches that allow collection of signal emitting from deep tissues from live subjects. The microscope is equipped with the InSight X3 Dual variable+fixed IR lasers, SomnoSuite low-flow anesthesia station, and custom stages for intravital imaging.

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