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  • 11/2020: New spinning disk confocal
    Nikon CSU-W1 SoRa

    The Live Cell Image Facility is updating its microscope suite: the well-used Andor spinning disk confocal has been replaced with a new Nikon CSU-W1 SoRa spinning disk confocal. The microscope is located in NL5.120R.

    supported by NIH 1S10OD028630-01

    Read about the Nikon CSU-W1 SoRa 

  • 09/2021: New LCIF Director

    After 17 years as director of the LCIF, Dr. Kate Luby-Phelps has decided to reduce her workload by turning the facility over to Dr. Marcel Mettlen ( Dr. Mettlen has more than fifteen years of light microscopy experience and has been learning the ways of the LCIF since January 2020. Dr. Luby-Phelps will continue as director of the Electron Microscopy Core Facility and will remain associated with the LCIF as a staff member.

    Unaffected by this change in leadership, the LCIF will continue to offer affordable access to a variety of state-of-the-art optical microscopes. Imaging modalities include laser-scanning and spinning-disk confocal, multiphoton, wide-field deconvolution, TIRF, and more. In addition, the LCIF offers help and advice with sample preparation, image quantification, automation of data analysis and basic microscope maintenance.

    New widefield epi-fluorescence microscope

    The Live Cell Image Facility is adding a new microscope to its suite: inverted Nikon Eclipse Ti widefield epi-fluorescence microscope.

    Read about the Nikon Eclipse Ti

  • 12/2021: LCIF becomes the Quantitative Light Microscopy Core

    To better encompass the use of our microscopes and services we provide, the core facility has adopted a new name: Quantitative Light Microscopy Core (QLMC). Although the name changes, our mission remains the same!

  • 01/2022: graduate course and our photo gallery went live

    2022 graduate course "Multiscale Microscopy for Biomedical Research"

    Feel free to follow our "multiscale microscopy for biomedical research" graduate course!

    Dates and time: 01/10 - 05/06; Mondays and Fridays from 1:30 to 3pm.

    Place: Contact Kate Phelps ( to obtain the zoom link

    Hands-on labs and demos are limited to registered graduate students. Auditors will be accommodated if space allows. Contact Kate Phelps ( to sign up for the waiting list.


    Call for images to be featured on our photo gallery

    The QLMC would like to highlight your research and is looking for images to be featured in our website's photo gallery. If you have data that was acquired on one of our microscopes and you’d like to contribute to this gallery, please submit your image(s) with a quick description (microscope, magnification, sample type, fluorescent probes, …. ) to Marcel Mettlen (Email). We are happy to link this image to your lab's website or publication (if applicable) to create some buzz. Looking forward seeing your beautiful/colorful/amazing/funny images! Thank you.

  • 02/2022: Demo the Olympus FV3000 laser scanning microscope

    Demo the Olympus FV3000 laser scanning microscope!

    Virtual informational workshop: 02/24 at 12:00pm

    Please contact Marcel Mettlen ( for zoom link.

    Demo Dates: 03/03 - 03/10
    Place: NL5.120R

    For more information see: flyer (PDF) or visit the Olympus webiste: FV3000

  • 03/2022: Demo of the Zeiss LSM980 with AiryScan2

    Demo the Zeiss LSM980 with Airyscan2!

    Webinar: 03/11 at 12:00pm

    For more information and registratation, please visit: Zeiss LSM980

    Demo Dates: 03/21 - 03/30

    Place: NL5.120R

  • 05/2022: Fiji workshop; Livecyte (short poll)

    Announcing the 2022 ImageJ/Fiji Workshop

    Dates: May 31, June 7, June 14
    Time: 9:00am to noon
    Room: D1.502
    Instructors: Marcel Mettlen (Director, QLMC) and Kate Luby-Phelps (Director, EMCF)

    May 31 - A Basic Introduction to Digital Imaging & Image Analysis with ImageJ/Fiji
    June 7 - Using ImageJ/Fiji for Specific Applications
    June 14 - An Introduction to Scripting/Macro Writing

    This workshop is open to all investigators at UT Southwestern. There is no need to RSVP, just show up. Please bring your laptop and have Fiji installed before you come. Links to the downloads with installation instructions are here:

    Possibly adding new capabilites to the QLMC

    The Livecyte is a microscope system able to capture a large amount of high-content images of even the most sensitive cells. With its integrated AI software, the Livecyte monitors and characterizes cell proliferation, cell lineages, motility, morphology and more, from 96 wells to single cells. Currently, no device on campus compares to this system in terms of data quality and amount of information extracted. Below are just 2 examples:

    To gage interest, please complete the follwing short poll: Livecyte

    Thank you!