The Cary Institute Microscope Laboratory is a general use space for all of your microscopy needs. Numerous microscopes are available to reserve to use within the microscope room as well as microscopes that may be moved to other locations. A selection of the personal and Cary Institute library books are available for ease of access to microscopy books and organism keys. A hood is provided for limited processing of samples. Preference is for each researcher to process all samples in their own laboratory and then transport via a cart (with a green label) and view on the microscope. However, it is understood that there are times which it is impossible to adequately transport some biological samples for microscopy work.
The Microscopy Lab is a key coded access room. Contact the DFLAS or the Microscope Lab Coordinator to gain access to the room.
Each person will be provided with a brief overview of the microscope laboratory, contents and rules. Initial microscope training will include basic ergonomics, cleaning protocols, and general microscope operations. Please schedule training with the Microscope Lab Coordinator. Each user is responsible to determine the best microscope, sample preparation and method of observation to utilize for their own research.
Reservations to use a specific microscope will be made on a google calendar. Reservations are limited to 8 hours per day and a limit of 10 business days reserved at one time. If more than one person requires the use of a specific microscope an individual will be limited to 4 hours a day to accommodate multiple projects at one time. If you are unable to use your reservation please remove yourself from the calendar to allow another person to fill the slot. Reservations are mostly on a first come first serve basis, if you know ahead of a two week time period that you will need a specific microscope or if you will need a microscope greater than 2 weeks please speak with the Microscope Lab Coordinator for further information.