Training

5 easy steps to get trained on most* of the MIC instruments

1.  Attend a Microscopy Training Lecture (1.5 hours), offered once a month.  See the schedule HERE. (Optional: RSVP HERE.)
2.  Fill out the MIC User Registration Form HERE.
3.  Sign-up for an iLabs account HERE.
4.  Once you have your sample(s) ready, EMAIL Holly or Jen to set up a date for hands-on training (2 hours). DO NOT request training through iLabs.
5.  Read the MIC_Rules & Regulations, to which all users must adhere.

*Note: some instruments require additional training, such as Laser Safety Training, while a select few require short training sessions at no cost. Filling out the user form will help us determine what kind of training you’ll need.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who may use the Molecular Imaging Center?
The Molecular Imaging Center is open to all scientists, both from within the University and outside. Outside users are charged a greater recharge rate to use the facility. ALL users must be trained before accessing the equipment.

What should I know before coming to the MIC?
You should know what dyes/fluorophores you are using and what excitation and emission peaks those dyes have. You should know how to prepare your samples for imaging. You should know if your samples are live or fixed and whether or not they are biohazardous. We are happy to consult with you about your imaging needs at any time.

How much is training?
It varies, depending on the system you want to use. Please see our instruments spreadsheet or iLabs for the most up-to-date information.

What should I bring to training?
Bring a typical sample that you will be imaging.  For fixed samples, make sure to use glass slides with number 1.5 coverslips that are sealed, dry, and clean.  For live samples on inverted systems, please use a glass-bottom dish.  Please use culture media without phenol-red or riboflavin to reduce background fluorescence. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding sample prep.

What happens during training? 
You will receive one-on-one hands-on training with your sample on the most appropriate microscope system for your experiment. You will be taught how to start up and shut down the system safely. On select systems, you may also be trained on laser alignment (1-3 hours typical, more with laser training).  If you have specific expectations or goals, please let us know ahead of time.

What happens after training?
You will receive access to schedule equipment on iLabs, as well as the necessary doorcodes or building access.  Additional training/guidance is available after the initial session on an as-needed basis and is non-billable (i.e. FREE).

How much does it cost to use MIC instruments?
Hourly charges on most MIC instruments range from $7-45/hour for campus users.  All prices are listed on iLabs.

What other services does the MIC offer?
We can training you on your own instrument at $250 for the first 2 hours and $65/hr for each additional hour.  We are also available for consultation regarding all matters imaging-related.

How do I get trained for laser safety?
If you need laser safety training (as determined by Holly or Jen), you’ll need to:

I used one of the MIC’s instruments to obtain data for a publication.  How should I acknowledge that information in my manuscript?
Congratulations on your paper!  Please consult the Acknowledgments page for grant and citation information.  When your paper is in press, contact Jen so we can feature it on our MIC Publications page!

How do I subscribe or unsubscribe from the MIC listserv?
The MIC listserv has migrated to Google Groups! Login to your berkeley.edu account, and click the “Groups” icon in your Google menu. You should be able to edit your subscriptions from there. If you’re subscribed via a non-berkeley.edu account (e.g., gmail), then contact Jen or Holly to request removal from the MIC listserv.