Cell & Molecular Imaging


Dr. John J. Lemasters

Dr. Anna-Liisa Nieminen (Co-Director)


  MUSC - Drug Discovery Bulding DD521
  MUSC - Hollings Cancer Center 355 & 704



The objective of the Cell and Molecular Imaging Shared Resource is to provide state-of-the-art instrumentation for examination of living cells, animals and tissues with submicron 3-dimensional resolution.  The facility houses five confocal microscopes, each having its own unique capabilities.  One of these microscopes is configured for intravital (in vivo) multiphoton microscopy. Microscopes are strategically housed in three different buildings on the university campus, therefore providing the cancer center members easy microscope access regardless of where their research labs are located.  Each microscope system also has its own capabilities allowing users to choose the one that best fits their imaging needs.  The facility serves members of the cancer center, as well as the broader university community, and is open 7 days a week.  Time on the instrument is by reservation only, and cancer center members receive a 25% subsidy. The core is engaged in graduate teaching by organizing a course, the Charleston Workshop on Light Microscopy for the Biosciences. Students gain extensive hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment for optical imaging guided by experienced academic instructors.  The core also organizes regular seminars to educate MUSC researchers on microscopy instrumentation and techniques.