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Confocal Microscopy Facility


The Confocal Core’s mission is to provide researchers with a wide array of state-of-the-art confocal imaging equipment to enable acquisition of high resolution images (both in vivo and in vitro). The Confocal Core offers training and assistance in the use of multiple confocal microscopes housed in our facility. Optimization of data acquisition and image processing are both part of the training, thus enabling researchers to efficiently design studies, acquire image data and extract relevant data features. The confocal facility is available to all UMB researchers and extramural users on a fee-for-service basis.


The facility provides individual instruction on an array of confocal microscopes. The needs of the researcher are considered in choosing which microscope will best suit the experimental design. In general, imaging of fixed samples, cultured cells, organ slices and small animals can be accommodated. Imaging techniques including FRET, FRAP, photoactivation and uncaging are readily implemented. All microscopes are well suited to multicolor imaging of common fluorophores, and two microscopes are also equipped with multiphoton excitation suitable for in vivo imaging. An image analysis workstation equipped with software packages is available to users.

The Core also has a culture room with an incubator, culture hood and a widefield fluorescence microscope for use in preparation of cultured and live samples. Preparation of live animals for imaging experiments can also be done in this newly renovated space.


‌‌Zeiss LS7 Lightsheet microscope

  • Lightsheet microscope for visualization of large 2d and 3d samples
  • Six laser lines: 405, 445, 488, 514, 561, 638
  • Illumination optics; 5x/0.1 foc, 10x/0.2 foc
  • Detection objectives for clearing and water-based samples (2.5x, 5x, 10x, 20x)
  • Water chamber with temperature control
  • Mesoscale chamber (Translucence Biosystems)
  • 2 PCO Edge sCMOS cameras
  • Zeiss, Arivis, Imaris Bitplane analysis software


Nikon W1 spinning disk

  • Spinning disk confocal on Nikon Ti2 inverted microscope
  • Excellent for high speed and live-cell 3D imaging of cells and sections
  • Equipped with an incubation chamber for live samples
  • Motorized stage and software for automated tiling, stitching, and reconstruction
  • 7 laser lines for multicolor imaging
  • 2 Hamamatsu sCMOS camera for high resolution imaging
  • DMD equipped
  • TIRF optics

Nikon W1

Nikon A1 Laser Confocal

  • Point-scanning laser confocal on inverted Ti2 microscope
  • Excellent for immunocytochemistry with advanced tiling and stitching capabilities
  • 4 laser and 4 high-sensitivity detectors for multicolor imaging
  • Conveniently located in HSF3 

Zeiss 710 NLO & Zeiss 7MP:

  • Two separate, upright microscope systems equipped with multiphoton excitation for imaging live cells, slices and whole animals
  • 710 NLO equipped with a confocal LSM and spectral detection
  • 7MP equipped with two lasers for imaging a very broad range of fluorophores. 
  • Each equipped with 4 detectors for high-sensitivity multicolor imaging
  • 7MP is ideal configuration for in vivo imaging

Zeiss 7MP and 710 NLO

‌Zeiss 5Live & Zeiss 510:

  • Point-scanning and slit-scanning confocal microscope
  • Fast acquisition frame rates for studying dynamic cellular processes at physiological temperatures
  • Dual scan heads (5Live) allow simultaneous imaging and optical manipulation
  • Excitation (488, 543, 560, 633, Ti:Sapphire laser)

‌Olympus LCV Incubated Microscope:

  • Widefield inverted microscope allowing continuous imaging of cells for hours or days
  • Fluorescence and DIC imaging on multiple positions
  • Cell migration, cell division, wounding and repair processes, phagocytosis

Olympus LCV Microscope

Olympus FV300 MicroscopeOlympus FV300/Atomic Force Microscope:

  • Inverted confocal microscope capable of multicolored imaging
  • Equipped with an Atomic Force Microscope accessory (AFM, Bruker)

The new microscope combines the capabilities of confocal imaging with atomic force microscopy for your experiments(Contact the Cancer Center for more details.)

Imaris Bitplane

Bitplane is an advanced image analysis software for processing images.
3D renditions, display and quantification are readily executed. Some
imaging suites are specialized for certain applications, e.g. neurofilament
tracing. Other common processing routines are available. The confocal
core operates a floating license server which allows easy operation of the
software from the investigator’s own computers.

Vascular Tone Image

Various Confocal imaging

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Thomas Blanpied, PhD

Thomas Blanpied, PhD

Department of Physiology
Room 5-015, Bressler Research Building

Joseph Ryan H. Mauban, PhD

Joseph Ryan H. Mauban, PhD

Confocal Core Manager
Room 523, Howard Hall

Yajie Liang

Yajie (Kevin) Liang, MB, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
HSF III, Room L127 Y


Room 610, Health Sciences Facility l
685 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Monday through Friday
7:00am - 5:00pm



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