UTHealth Center for Advanced Microscopy

Overview of Services

The Center for Advanced Microscopy, a Nikon Center of Excellence, at UTHealth provides state-of-the-art imaging capabilities as well as expertise to those within UT Health and the Texas Medical Center who have a need for cutting-edge imaging technology. The instruments housed in the Center, as well as the expert individuals who stand ready to provide training, are available to provide access to vital imaging systems for the purpose of molecular, cellular, tissue, and whole animal imaging.


Ryan Durham, Ph.D. | Core Manager

Travis Moore, Ph.D. | Core Director

Brooke Hern | Senior Administrative Assistant  



Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday        

9am - 6pm 

6431 Fannin Street, Rm 4.532

Houston, Texas 77030


Services and Equipment Available for Reservation

To schedule time on a piece of equipment please proceed to the Schedule Equipment tab.


  • Nikon N-STORM + TIRF: Super-resolution stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM) with total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF)
  • Nikon N-SIM: super-resolution structured illumination capable of imaging in 2D, 3D, and TIRF-SIM
  • Nikon A1R Confocal Laser Microscope System:  confocal microscope with resonant and spectral detectors 
  • Nikon A1 Confocal Laser Microscope System + PicoQuant: confocal microscope with an additional platform for assessing fluorescence lifetime
  • IVIS Lumina XR: live whole animal imaging of longitudinal fluorescence, bioluminescence, and X-ray in vivo and ex vivo
  • Lambert Fluorescence Lifetime and Nikon Calcium Rig Microscopy System: fluorescence lifetime and  imaging of small molecules in living cells
  • IMM-AX R Confocal Laser Microscope System: new generation confocal microscope with resonant and spectral detectors 
  • Data Processing Computers: contains NIS-Elements AR, LI-FLIM, Living Image, MetaMorph, SlideBook, SoftMaxPro, AutoQuant  

Links and Resources

  1. https://med.uth.edu/ibp/center-advanced-microscopy/center-for-advanced-microscopy-equipment/
  2. Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
  3. Nikon Microscopy U
  4. Aldehyde-based Fixatives
  5. Molecular Probes (Invitrogen) Fluorescent Spectra Viewer
  6. https://imagej.nih.gov/ij/download.html
  7. Dirk Bucher's Confocal Guide
  8. Pierce (Thermo Fisher Scientific) Library of Technical Guides
  9. Quantifying Colocalization
  10. A Practical Guide to Evaluating Colocalization in Biological Microscopy
  11. ND Processing Tools
  12. Object Classifier 
  13. Binary Masks ROI
  14. Creating AVI Files
  15. Object Count
  16. Ratio Measurement
  17. Using Binary Layers
  18. Using References
  19. Using ROI


Name Role Phone Email Location
Ryan Durham, Ph.D.
Core Manager
MSB 4.532
Travis Moore, Ph.D.
Core Director
MSB 4.122
Brooke Hern
Senior Administrative Assistant
MSB 4.102