Optical Imaging Core

Overview of Services

The OIC offers imaging services on five microscopy systems: (1) a Leica SP8 3X STED Super-Resolution Microscope, (2) a Nikon AXR Confocal Microscope, (3) a Nikon Spinning Disk Confocal Microscope, (4) Nikon A1R Upright Confocal Microscope, and (5) Bruker Two Photon. Imaging techniques available through the core now include: super resolution microscopy, long-term live cell imaging, two-photon/intravital microscopy, spinning disk confocal imaging, deconvolution, fluorescence spectral detection, photoactivation/uncaging, FRAP, calcium imaging, and lightsheet imaging. Investigators can maintain and grow live cells in a culture room equipped with biosafety cabinets, hypoxia and CO2 incubators (Room 2081).

Covid-19 Protocols


  • Wash and sanitize hands after entering equipment rooms and again before leaving.
  • Soap and paper towels will be provided in 2073/2081.
  • Prior to use please wipe down all washable surfaces with 70% ethanol soaked Kimwipes – prevent aerosolizing settled virus.
  • Do not spray directly onto the microscopes.
  • Clean all surfaces touched again at the end of your session.
  • Pay special attention to eyepieces and the front body of the scopes that is being breathed on.
  • We discourage the use of gloves to prevent a false sense of security.
  • Clean all door handles inside and out prior to leaving the area.


  • Users are asked to flip door occupancy signs whenever entering or leaving equipment rooms.
  • Please share your contact information in reservation comments box for other users to reach out during transition if needed.
  • Only one user is permitted per microscope room.
  • Consider entering a space vacated by the previous user at least 15 minutes after the beginning of their own reservation.
  • By delaying entering a room, a user can lower his/her peronal risk of exposure by allowing potential aerosolized virus to settle or clear through air exchange.


Lance Rodenkirch | Managing Director | 608.263.3248 | larodenk@wisc.edu

Matt Merrins | Faculty Director

Location and hours of operation

Location   Hours

2072 WIMR2

1111 Highland Avenue

Madison, WI, United States



  Monday - Friday

  9 am - 5 pm

  Open for trained users:


Links and Resources

  1. Optical Imaging Core Website



Name Role Phone Email Location
Lance Rodenkirch
Managing Director
2072 WIMR2