Molecular Imaging Center

MIClogoThe Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) is a core microscopy facility managed by the Cancer Research Laboratory.

The MIC provides the campus community with training and access to state-of-the-art light microscopy equipment. Now in two locations – Life Sciences Addition Building (LSA) and the new Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences – the MIC specializes in live cell imaging, confocal, multi-photon, fluorescent lifetime imaging (FLIM), and equipment for optogenetic research.

New for 2014

Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy with the Zeiss Lightsheet Z1.

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The Berkeley Molecular Imaging Center has 5 primary functions:


Envisioned in 2001, the MIC is a joint venture between the Cancer Research Laboratory (CRL), Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB). The facility is designed to serve the entire campus community from biological research to chemistry, physics and material science applications.


Ehud Isacoff is the scientific faculty advisor for the Molecular Imaging Center and Russell Vance, Director of the Cancer Research Laboratory, serves as the administrative faculty advisor. Holly Aaron is the manager of the Molecular Imaging Center. Judith Yee serves as the financial administrator.

The MIC operates as a recharge facility under the guidance of the campus recharge committee. For information on rates, please see Rates.


The MIC has two campus locations:

Other microscopy facilities on the Berkeley campus:

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