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Optical Imaging Facility

About the Optical Imaging Core

The Optical Imaging Core Facility provides high quality services to researchers at UTHSCSA, other academic research institutions, and business corporations. The core houses a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art optical imaging systems to meet the demands for various biomedical in vitro and in vivo applications, from single molecules to whole animals and from cultured cells to deep tissue, including high temporal resolution for live cell imaging of rapid events. The Optical Imaging Core is located in two sites on campus, one situated in the Dental Scholl Building on the main campus and the other in the South Texas Research Facility Building on the Greehey campus, totaling 24,00 sq. ft.. The core is managed jointly with the Institution and Cancer Center.

Services and Instrumentation

  • Confocal/Multiphoton Microscopy
  • Widefield Microscopy (Fluorescence and/or Transmitted Light)
  • Fluorescence Stereo Microscopy
  • Super Resolution Microscopy 
  • Fluorescence Spectral Imaging
  • Whole Animal Imaging (Fluorescence, Bioluminescence)
  • Staff-Assisted Imaging
  • Image Processing / Analysis
  • Training
  • Consultation

Getting Started

New to the Optical Imaging Facility?  Contact core staff to discuss options and experimental designs.


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External users can create an account by pressing the blue "sign-up" button at the top of the page.

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Staffed Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM      

Available to Trained Users 24/7

Dental Building

Room 2.514U

Links & Resources

  1. Institution web page
  2. FSU microscopy primer

Public Acknowledgements

The facility should be listed in the "Acknowledgements" section of any publication using data generated in the OIF as follows:

      "Images were generated in the Core Optical Imaging Facility which is supported by UTHSCSA, NIH-NCI P30 CA54174 (CTRC at UTHSCSA)"


Name Role Phone Email Location
Exing Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Director
STRF 252
James Lechleiter
STRF 207.2
Jimmy Wewer
Dental Building 2.514


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