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Nikon Center of Excellence makes debut Oct. 4

Sep. 29, 2016, 10:08 AM

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Cell Imaging Shared Resource (CISR) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will officially unveil its new Nikon Center of Excellence, which will feature state-of-the-art microscopy for live cell imaging.

The Vanderbilt University and VUMC communities are invited to tour the facility and meet staff and researchers during a grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. in room T-2216, Medical Center North.
The new center is one of only six Nikon centers in the United States and 16 in the world.

Technologies provided through the new center are aimed to push forward the frontiers of many scientific disciplines, from fundamental cell biology to translational approaches including high-impact cancer research tackling the mechanisms in which tumors may spread, said senior research specialist Bryan Millis, Ph.D.

Among the new instrumentation includes a spinning disk confocal microscope for high-speed, multi-dimensional live cell imaging also outfitted with a dedicated high-power laser for photostimulation, as well as two microscope platforms for latest-generation super-resolution microscopy, a technology that is revolutionizing cell biology. Additionally the center also provides dedicated image analysis workstations, a high-bandwidth data server and its own tissue culture room for sample preparation.

For students and researchers seeking to increase their knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques, the center also will offer training in basic and advanced light microscopy techniques and quantitative image analysis.

For more information, contact Millis at bryan.a.millis@vanderbilt.edu or 615-875-5565.

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