UTHealth Center for Advanced Microscopy

Overview of Services

The Center for Advanced Microscopy and 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.


Olga Chumakova, Ph.D. | Core Manager

Travis Moore, Ph.D. | Core Director

Lisa Byrd | Sr. Administrative Coordinator

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday        

8am - 5pm 

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, and super-resolution stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM)
  • 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
  • Nikon TiE Wide-Field Fluorescence Imaging System: for imaging of small molecules in living cells
  • IVIS Lumina XR: live whole animal imaging of longitudinal fluorescence, bioluminescence, and X-ray in vivo and ex vivo
  • Lambert LIFA Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscope
  • Data Processing Computers: contains NIS-Elements AR, LI-FLIM, Living Image, MetaMorph, SlideBook, SoftMaxPro, AutoQuant 

Links and Resources

  1. IBP Cytodynamic Imaging Facility
  2. Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
  3. Nikon Microscopy U
  4. Zeiss Website
  5. Aldehyde-based Fixatives
  6. Molecular Probes (Invitrogen) Fluorescent Spectra Viewer
  7. NIH Imagel Software
  8. Dirk Bucher's Confocal Guide
  9. Pierce (Thermo Fisher Scientific) Library of Technical Guides
  10. Quantifying Colocalization
  11. A Practical Guide to Evaluating Colocalization in Biological Microscopy
  12. ND Processing Tools
  13. Object Classifier 
  14. Binary Masks ROI
  15. Creating AVI Files
  16. Object Count
  17. Ratio Measurement
  18. Using Binary Layers
  19. Using References
  20. Using ROI


Name Role Phone Email Location
Olga Chumakova, Ph.D.
Core Manager
MSB 4.532
Travis Moore, Ph.D.
Core Director
MSB 4.122
Lisa Byrd
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
MSB 4.102