The Microscopic Imaging Module provides equipment, infra-structural support and technical assistance to vision scientists to conduct detailed, quantitative imaging of cells, tissues, proteins, and other biomolecules. This state-of-the-art imaging facility, which includes several pieces of high-end imaging hardware, has been beneficial to NEI-funded researchers on campus, and has led to novel imaging applications and numerous high-quality publications.
The Imaging Module has two major functions:
- First, to maintain a permanent Imaging Facility that is not dependent on individual research grant support, by providing funds necessary to cover service contracts and maintenance costs so that these costs do not adversely impact the specific aims of the currently funded, NEI-sponsored research projects.
- Secondly, to provide a dedicated research technician who will help train interested investigators and perform specific research experiments using the facility’s instrumentation.
The Module will provide a range of imaging technologies, and the expertise needed to address new research questions posed by vision scientists, therefore greatly expanding and enhancing the research efforts within our community.