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Imaging and Characterization Core


The Imaging and Characterization Core specializes in microscopy for visualization of materials at a scale ranging from millimeter to single cell level, providing a wide spectrum of imaging and characterization capabilities. The imaging core provides expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to support and complement the activities of other CBOTH Cores.

In addition to experimental consultation, services include bright field and fluorescence microscopy; NIR-II imaging in the second biological window; hyperspectral-based microscopy (CytoViva); and in vitro fluorescence imaging in the visible and near-infrared region.


Services Offered

  • Experimental consultation
  • Training on several imaging platforms microscopes, image acquisition equipment and data analysis software packages
  • Bright field and fluorescence microscopy
  • NIR-II (Second Biological Window)
  • Hyperspectral-based microscopy
  • Fluorescent in situ hybridization
  • In vitro cell imaging
  • In vitro assays
  • In vivo imaging with NIR-II syst
  • Self-operated use of imaging core equipment



  • Cytoviva Hyperspectral camera
  • Cytoviva Darkfield Microscope
  • Nikon Ti2-E Fluorescence Microscope w/ Incubator chamber and gas controller
  • Nirvana NIR Camera teledyne
  • IR dye 8000 Filter cube


For questions regarding CBOTH’s Imaging Core services, please contact:

Iqbal Hamza, PhD

Iqbal Hamza, PhD
Director, Imaging and Characterization Core Labs

Phone: 410-706-4533