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Frequently Asked Questions

Core facilities are expert-operated research resources that connect institutional scientists with advanced technologies and services that can aid in the advancement of their research.

All equipment booking is maintained through our online management system, iLab. If you are a new user, please consult the New User Guide.

In choosing a fluorophore for your imaging, you need to consider which will give the best signal while minimizing "cross-talk or bleed-through" artifacts. Please see our FAQs page for links to assist in choosing the correct fluorophore. 

Current rates can be found here.

Yes! We welcome outside use of our facility. Please see our New User Guide and contact Anna Harper at for help with our iLab system. 

When you are finished, equipment areas should be clean of all oils, paper, spills, etc. If using a microscope, please carefully clean the objective. If you have any questions about cleaning, contact any of the IRF staff.

Yes, IACUC approval is required to image live animals.

No, we are not a BSL3 facility. Please fix your pathogenic specimen prior to bring them into the IRF.

The IRF will maintain data for the current and previous year. We highly recommend saving your data from the instrument immediately after finished your experiment.



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