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The CRL Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) is a shared light microscopy resource specializing in state-of-the-art laser-based fluorescence techniques. The MIC offers training and expertise in nearly 20 different microscope systems, including live cell and in vivo imaging, laser scanning confocal (LSM) and spinning disk confocal (SDC), multi-photon (2p/3p), fluorescent lifetime imaging (FLIM), fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), light-sheet microscopy (SPIM), super resolution (Airyscan), slide scanning, and patterned illumination for optogenetic manipulation and readout. The MIC also houses high-end GPU workstations and software for image processing, visualization and analysis, available on-site or remotely.

The MIC is a recharge facility and is available to all researchers from within UC as well as non-UC academic, non-profit, and industry researchers. Rates for use vary by relation to UC. The MIC is now part of RICs for off-campus users: https://ipira.berkeley.edu/berkeley-research-infrastructure-commons

All users must first be trained before access is granted. For information on access, please see Getting Trained.

The MIC currently operates in two campus buildings with primary locations in Weill Hall (previously Life Sciences Addition, LSA), and a north-side site in Barker Hall, 3rd floor, shared with the Advanced BioImaging Center.

The MIC has several active user groups, an annual microscopy workshop, as well as seminars and demonstrations of new technology throughout the year. Please see Meetings and Short Courses for more information on the Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop. We are also involved in several outreach programs to help engage the community, underrepresented minorities, and young students interested in science, including recent cameo presentations for the Girls in Engineering Camp 2020. The MIC is part of BioImaging North America (BINA). The MIC also helps to organize a local chapter, Bay Area Microscopy.

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For other core research facilities on campus, please visit: https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/core-facilities