The Center for Advanced Microscopy, one of the UTHealth Research Service Centers, held an open house April 25 to unveil its new Nikon Center of Excellence (COE). The new center features two new super-resolution Nikon microscopes and upgraded confocal microscopes that will provide researchers from UTHealth and other Texas Medical Center institutions access to the latest optical systems to advance their research and exposure in the field. This is the first Nikon Center of Excellence established in Texas.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research by our faculty,” said Michael Blackburn, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer at UTHealth. “Access to these high-end research microscopes will allow UTHealth researchers to be more competitive for NIH and other external grants as well as improve the quality of our data, science, and publications, which is the currency of the research industry. This new center is a logical investment in our faculty and students.”
The new microscopes are:
- Nikon A1Rsi HD confocal + n-STORM super-resolution microscope, which combines ultra-high speeds, enhanced sensitivity and the ability for localization fluorescent imaging with a spatial resolution of 20nm, and
- Nikon n-SIM Structured Illumination super-resolution microscope, which gives a two-fold enhancement in resolution while maintaining the ability to image dynamic events in live samples in 2D, 3D, and TIRF modes.
“Light microscopy is fundamental to biological and biomedical research,” said Kandice R. Levental, Ph.D., director of Center for Advanced Microscopy. “Super-resolution microscopy approaches enhance the spatial resolution of light microscopy by an order of magnitude, providing insights that were unattainable with any available techniques until now. Having access to these systems in house will allow UTHealth researchers to ’see’ things that have never been seen before and answer questions that previously could not be addressed.”
A Nikon Center of Excellence is a partnership and exchange of knowledge with selected research centers around the world that invest in Nikon advanced imaging instruments to provide young researchers access to the latest optical systems. In addition to providing access to state-of-the-art Nikon microscopy and imaging equipment, the center will offer training courses on basic and advanced light microscopy techniques and introduce the latest innovations in light microscopy and imaging.
The center is a fee-based facility that provides equipment that academic and commercial entities can use in the Texas Medical Center.
For more information about the Nikon Center of Excellence, contact Levental at Kandice.R.Levental@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-5566.