The Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) Microscopy Core is a full-service facility serving the entire University of Pennsylvania community. Our aim is to provide personalized assistance on all aspects of imaging, from tips on sample preparation to training on one of our microscopes to processing and analysis of image data. Our facility currently houses five confocal and three widefield light microscopes, a scanning electron microscope, and several computers dedicated to image processing and analysis.
Veklich, Yuri., PhD
Role: SEM Specialist, Cell and Developmental Biology Microscopy Core (Penn)
Zhao, Jasmine., MSc
Role: Confocal Specialist, Cell and Developmental Biology Microscopy Core (Penn)
"Inverted microscope accommodates slides, 35-mm glass-bottomed dishes, or Lab-Tek II chambered coverglasses.
Photometrics CoolSnap HQ high-resolution CCD camera
Applied Precision x-y-z precision motorized stage for multi-point acquisition of image stacks
Software-controlled filter wheels with DAPI, FITC, TRITC, Cy5, CFP, YFP filter sets; phase contrast & DIC available
Environmental chamber surrounding entire microscope for temperature and CO2 control"
"With automated stage movement, filter and objective changes, focus, and exposure, the EVOS® FL Auto Cell Imaging System does the hard work for you. Simply set your parameters and let the EVOS® FL Auto take care of the rest. Perfect for area scanning, automated cell imaging, image stitching, and time-lapse imaging."
• Two depletion lasers (592 and 660 nm) for super-resolution imaging of green and red dyes [Anatomy-Chemistry STED confocal]
• Leica DMI 6000 inverted microscope
• Pulsed white-light laser for tunable excitation from 470 to 670 nm
• CW laser lines for conventional confocal imaging: 405, 458, 488, 514 nm
• High-speed resonant scanner for live-cell imaging
• 3 HyD and 2 PMT detectors
• Tokai Hit stagetop incubator
• Motorized xy stage
• LAS X software for acquisition; Huygens Professional software for deconvolution
Best suited for: ultra-high resolution (< 40 nm lateral, < 150 nm axial) imaging of fixed & live samples; fast confocal imaging of live specimens."
• DMI 6000 inverted microscope
• LAS X software for acquisition
• Excitation laser lines: 405, 488, 552, 638 nm
• Three spectral detection channels: 2 PMTs and 1 HyD detector
• Tokai-Hit stagetop incubation chamber
• FRAP and FRET wizards
• Motorized x-y stage for and tiling applications
Best suited for: confocal imaging of fixed or live samples, including those requiring incubation; FRAP, photoactivation, or photoconversion in live cells or organisms; FRET"
The Leica widefield deconvolution microscope features:
• Leica DM6000 motorized upright microscope
• Photometrics HQ2 high resolution monochrome cooled CCD camera
• LAS AF software with AutoQuant deconvolution package
• DAPI, FITC, Texas Red, and Cy5 filter cubes
• Leica DMRBE upright microscope with halogen and mercury arc lamps
• QImaging MicroPublisher 5.0 MP high resolution color CCD camera
• iVision for Mac acquisition software
• phase contrast, DIC, and polarized light transmitted light options
• Filter sets for standard 3-color fluorescence imaging (DAPI, FITC, TRITC)
Best suited for: Color imaging of fixed tissue stained with chromogenic dyes; polarized light microscopy; simple immunofluorescence imaging of fixed samples"
• Olympus IX71 inverted microscope
• Hamamatsu ImagEM EMCCD camera
• Excitation laser lines: 442, 488, 523, 561 nm (for CFP, GFP, YFP, and RFP)
• Motorized xy stage for multi-point acquisition
• Andor MicroPoint ablation laser (405 or 435 nm) for ablation or FRAP
• LCI Chamlide stagetop incubation system for live mammalian cell imaging
• MetaMorph acquisition software
Best suited for: fast confocal imaging of sensitive, live samples; FRAP in live cells or organisms; FRET sensors (CFP-YFP or GFP-RFP)"
• Olympus IX81 inverted microscope
• Excitation laser lines: 405, 488, 561 (for Hoechst, GFP, RFP)
• Andor iXon3 EMCCD camera
• Motorized x-y stage for multi-point acquisition or tile scanning
• Roper iLas2 ablation laser (405 nm) for FRAP or photoactivation
• Okolab stagetop incubation chamber
• MetaMorph acquisition software
Best suited for: fast confocal imaging of sensitive, live samples; FRAP, photoactivation, photoconversion in live cells or organisms"
• Zeiss Axioplan upright microscope with Zeiss FluoArc mercury lamp
• Zeiss AxioCam HRm high-resolution monochrome CCD camera
AxioVision 4.5 software for acquisition and analysis
• Filter sets for standard 4-color imaging (DAPI, FITC, TRITC, Cy5); also CFP and YFP filter set
Best suited for: widefield epifluorescence imaging of fixed, fluorescent samples mounted on slides with coverslips"
• Zeiss Axiovert 200M inverted microscope
• Zeiss AIM software for acquisition
• 2 PMT detectors plus 32-channel META detector for spectral detection
• Tunable Ti-Sapphire laser for multi-photon excitation or second-harmonic generation (SHG)
• Other laser lines: 458, 488, 514, 543, 633
Best suited for: confocal imaging of fixed fluorescent samples or live samples at room temperature; second-harmonic generation imaging of collagen in unfixed or fixed tissue."
• Zeiss AxioObserver inverted microscope
• ZEN 2012 software for acquisition
• Excitation laser lines: 405, 458, 488, 514, 561, 594, 633 nm
• Three spectral detection channels, including a 32-channel detector
• Environmental chamber and motorized x-y stage for live imaging and tiling applications
Best suited for: confocal imaging of fixed or live samples, including those requiring incubation; FRAP, photoactivation, or photoconversion in live cells or organisms; FRET; spectral characterization and linear unmixing of unorthodox dye combinations"
"Imagine you had access to an imaging system that could deliver optical sections of large samples, with virtually no phototoxicity or bleaching and with high temporal resolution.
That is exactly what Lightsheet Z.1 from ZEISS does. The unique Multiview light sheet fluorescence microscope allows you to record the development of large, living samples and gently image them to deliver exceptionally high information content.
It is also fast: Lightsheet Z.1 is the tool you need to get optical sections at unprecedented speed. Acquire images of your whole sample volume at sub-cellular resolution – in a fraction of the time it takes using other techniques."
"Core staff members are available for consultation on design of imaging experiments."
"You bring prepared samples and a Core staff member acquires the images for you. To book an assisted session, contact Andrea or Jasmine via email. Assisted sessions must take place during regular weekday hours (9:00am - 6:00pm, M-F). Recommended for users new to confocal or who need confocal images only occasionally."
"Users who have completed their hands-on training may book their own sessions through our online reservation system and work independently on any of our microscopes. Unassisted sessions can take place anytime, weekdays or weekends. Recommended for users who need to use our microscopes on a routine basis. For more information about our training program please read this page.
Training: No charge for mandatory pre -training lecture. Hands-on training is $250 per person; this includes credit for the first three hours of unassisted use (unassisted sessions must take place within one month of hands-on training in order to qualify)."
"Users who have completed their training will be able to book their own sessions through our online reservation system. Unassisted sessions can take place anytime, weekdays or weekends."
"No charge for mandatory pre -training lecture. Hands-on training is $250 per person; this includes credit for the first three hours of unassisted use (unassisted sessions must take place within one month of hands-on training in order to qualify)."
The service consists of three types of sample preparation:
A: mount and Au/Pd sputter-coat, set of 1-6 samples
B: fix, dehydrate, chemical drying, set of 1-6 samples
C: critical point drying, set of 1-6 samples
"Core staff member Yuri Veklich provides consultation, sample preparation, and imaging on the FEI Quanta 250 scanning electron microscope housed in the Electron Microscopy Resource Laboratory, suite B33 Anatomy-Chemistry Building. Contact Yuri directly at yuri AT mail.med.upenn.edu to learn more about SEM or to schedule an appointment."
Sample Prep A: Fixation & Dehydration, set of 6 samples
Sample Prep B: Mount & Au/Pd Sputter Coat, set of 6 samples
Available free of charge, AxioVision LE gives a first impression of the Zeiss microscope software AxioVision.
"AxioVision LE reads and writes in the Carl Zeiss ZVI image format."
"Fiji is an image processing package. It can be described as a distribution of ImageJ (and soon ImageJ2) together with Java, Java 3D and a lot of plugins organized into a coherent menu structure. Fiji compares to ImageJ as Ubuntu compares to Linux."
GIMP is an "open-source substitute for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator."
"iVision‐Mac is image acquisition, processing, measurement, and analysis software. iVision‐Mac directly supports the acquisition of images and time-lapse series. Sophisticated imaging processes or even simple routines can be automated down to the push of a single button through the use of the intuitive scripting tool. There is no need to learn Visual Basic or other programming languages when you want to automate your imaging routines. Also, fully integrated extensions easily automate microscope control by driving motorized microscope hardware.
Using spatially calibrated images with the automated measurement tools, scientists can quickly and easily perform dozens of image processing tasks. The resulting data can be saved in iVision‐Mac, or opened in a spreadsheet program such as Excel for further analysis. User definable plots and histograms are also included to present the data as desired. iVision‐Mac also includes densitometry measurements that can be used to plot an analysis such as mean intensity over time. iVision‐Mac supports the measurement of individual objects, regions of interest, and entire images. iVision‐Mac performs batch analysis of images and sequences using file lists and indexed files."
"MetaMorph Software provides all the tools needed to perform meaningful analysis of acquired images. Common tools for thresholding, filtering, and feature extraction are included as one would expect. However, MetaMorph Software provides other more sophisticated tools such as the integrated morphometry analysis (IMA) module. IMA allows objects to be measured and separated into user-definable classes, based on any combination of measured morphometric parameters, such as shape, size, or optical density. A point-and-click interface, linking images and spreadsheet results, makes it easy to choose representative objects for classification and measurement.
MetaMorph Software also offers many user-friendly application modules for biology-specific analysis such as cell signaling, cell counting, and protein expression. Each application module features a dedicated dialog box with intuitive setting selections, improved segmentation through adaptation to local content, as well as both field and cell-by-cell data logging. After analysis is complete, users can interactively view tabular and image results side by side for their cellular imaging application."
"Deltavision's processing and deconvolution software, used primarily for post-acquisition processing of images acquired on the Deltavision Widefield imaging station"
Volocity is a sophisiticated software for visualization, deconvolution, and quantitative analysis of 3- and 4-dimensional image data.
Software that controls the Zeiss hardware and has powerful image processing capabilities, including time lapse, photobleaching, FRAP, FRET capability, and 3D visualization.
Software for image acquisition.