The CISR now uses iLab for management of its instrument scheduling and billing. You will first need to register for an iLab account.
Once you have an iLab account your PI will need to add you to their VU iLab group and assign you billing information by following section 1&2 of this guide.
Once that is done you will need to request access to our core through iLab.
Once we receive your access request via iLab, a CISR staff member will contact you to set up a training session or for EM related services.
Visit the equipment pages of our web site and read the instrument descriptions to determine which microscope you should use. If you are still not sure which scope best meets your needs, feel free to visit the Staff page. You can contact any of us by phone, email, or even in person - we'd love to give you a brief tour of the facilities and discuss your research opportunities. We will help you figure it out!
For confocal microscopes: at least two, 2-hour training sessions are required before you can use the microscopes independently; electron and widefield microscopes: at least one, 2-hour training session is scheduled, but times may vary.
Of special note on the TEM and SEM microscopes: new users are restricted to use during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 6:00 pm). Use on weekends or after hours is limited to those who have extensive experience in their operation and have undergone additional training in how to shut down the microscope in case of a problem. Since no staff member is around after hours to help in an emergency, this policy is designed to avoid costly damage to the microscopes.
Submitted specimens must be accompanied by a Research Electron Microscopy Resource work requisition. All samples must now go through the EM online laboratory information management system located here. Specimens should be fixed prior to submission and kept refrigerated until submitted. EM fixative and wash buffer can be obtained from the refrigerator in the Processing Lab (T-3208 MCN).
|*RATE / UNIT|
|Confocal, scope time||$45.00 / hour|
|Widefield, scope time||$35.00 / hour|
|Super Res, scope time||$22.00 / hour|
|Multiphoton Electrophys, scope time||$20.00 / hour|
|TEM, scope time||$100.00 / hour|
|ESEM, scope time||$50.00 / hour|
|Nikon Center of Excellence|
|Nikon Spinning Disk, scope time||$22.00 / hour|
|Nikon SIM Super Resolution, scope time||$22.00 / hour|
|Nikon STORM Super Resolution, scope time||$22.00 / hour|
|embed (Spurr's)||$45.00 / capsule|
|thick section (routine)||$50.00 / block|
|thick section (non-routine) > 1 hour process||$60.00 / hour|
|thin section (routine)||$100.00 / block|
|thin section (non-routine) > 2 hour process||$60.00 / hour|
|negative stain, material only||$6.00 / grid|
|Immunolabel, material only||$20.00 / kit|
|ESEM prep, material only||$30.00 / stub|
|TEM grid box||$5.25 / each|
|Staff Review - thin section EM||$60.00 / grid|
|Imaging for hire, training, protracted help||$60.00 / hour|
The resource staff are happy to answer questions about our services and will help you plan your experiments. If you have questions please feel free to contact any member of the resource staff.