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Core Facilities at the IGB is your resource for biological microscopy and image analysis. Our facilities are conveniently located, and we provide a variety of services to both IGB researchers and others in the campus community. Our facility is meant to encourage innovation – try new techniques and approaches to achieving your research goals without a significant investment in instrumentation or time. The Core Facilities is a ZEISS Labs@location partner, enabling us to provide both beta instrumentation and advance training to the campus.

We offer:

  • High-end equipment
  • User training
  • Ongoing support, including experiment design and data interpretation
  • Twenty-four hour access

IGB Core Facilities is located on the concourse level of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The Core Facilities at the IGB is a state-of-the-art resource for biological microscopy and image analysis. The core mission of the facility is to provide IGB faculty, as well as faculty from across campus with the tools and expertise to meet their imaging goals. In addition to providing technical assistance in acquiring and analyzing microscopy images the staff is also able to aid in designing and interpreting experiments. Check out this video to find out more about the Core Facilities.

Education and Training

The Core Facilities train over one hundred new users a year on one or more instruments and are co-hosting a bioimaging camp for middle school girls with GAMES.

Our new user procedures form guides new users through the training process.  To request training (theory training is required for most microscopes including LSM 700, LSM 710, Apotome, SR-SIM, before the hands-on training), please fill out our training request form.  Users have access to IGB disk space through the IGB computer and network resources group to transfer data. To request access to the IGB building, please fill out the IGB Entry Request Form.

Training pages can be found here.


In addition to the typical fee for training and instrument time, collaborations with the core facilities staff can be beneficial in the development of unique methods or capabilities.  Publications containing work performed in the core facilities should use these guidelines for acknowledging the core facilities. Download a copy of our brochure.

The IGB Core cooperates with the following facilities on campus to provide an extensive selection of instrumentation to campus researchers:

Beckman ITG

Materials Research Laboratory

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center

BioNanotechnology Laboratory

A list of additional facilities can be found here.