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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.


What’s new at the Core

The IGB Core is moving to BookitLab for instrument tracking

The IGB Core has purchased BookitLab for tracking instrument use, reserving instrument time and processing billing. The Core plans to setup BookitLab on the LSM 700 April 15th. The April 17th Lunch with the Core will be dedicated to introducing the BookitLab software to existing users.  The plan is to transition all instrument tracking to BookitLab by early May. The IGB BookitLab portal can be found here.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Midwest Advanced MINFLUX and Super Resolution Workshop 2024

Save the Date! 

The IGB Core Facilities is hosting the 2nd Annual Midwest Advanced MINFLUX and Super Resolution Workshop from May 20th to 24th. You can find updated information here.

Lunch with the Core - Spring 2024

The IGB Core Facilities is hosting a Spring 2024 seminar series covering the instrumentation in the Core and some of the research taking place in the Core. The seminars are typically held from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Room 612 (Concourse level). Pizza will be provided to attendees. Please check the Lunch with the Core news posts and weekly emails for updates.


February 14, 2024

"Integrating Live Confocal Microscope Imagery of Plant Stomata with Gas Exchange Measurements" - Joseph Crawford, Postdoctoral Research Associate - Plant Biology

 Instrument: LSM 710

Joe's talk can be found here.

February 28, 2024

"Introduction to STEDYCON: A Confocal and STED System with Super-resolution Capabilities" - Umnia Doha, Research Scientist - Core Facilities 

Instrument: STEDYCON

Umnia's talk can be found here.

March 6, 2024

"X-Ray Computed Tomography in the Core Facility: Research and Manufacturing Applications of the NSI X5000" - Dr. Austin Cyphersmith, Assistant Director of Research Instrumentation - Core Facilities 

Instrument: X5000

Austin's talk can be found here.

March 27, 2024

"3D Data Analysis and Segmentation Tools" - Dr. Kingsley Boateng, Assistant Director of Bioscience Research & Microscopy - Core Facilities

Instrument: Amira & Imaris Software

Kingsley's talk can be found here.

April 3, 2024

"Revolutions in Data" - Dan Davidson, Director of CNRG and Research Computing - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Dan's talk can be found here.

April 10, 2024

"A solid-liquid superposition model for interfacial solvation structures" - Qian Ai, Graduate Research Assistant - Materials Science & Engineering


Meeting ID: 889 8212 7756

Password: 201556

April 17, 2024

"Introduction to BookitLab" - Dr. Glenn Fried, Director of the Core Facilities

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Meeting ID: 859 3499 5263
Password: 166361

April 24, 2024

"Introducing Spatial Transcriptomics to Core Facilities: A Custom Built MERFISH Microscope " - Duncan Nall, Research Scientist - Core Facilities 

Instrument: MERFISH


Meeting ID: 879 0310 7373

Password: 783805

May 1, 2024

"Creating Art of Science" - Julia Pollack, Creative Program Manager - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology


Meeting ID: 880 6432 3223

Password: 410927

If you require special accommodations or have dietary restrictions, please email Hannah McClellan -

The STEDYCON has arrived

The Core Facilities has purchased a STEDYCON system from Abberior Instruments. This microscope will function as a four color confocal or a two color 2D STED microscope with 40nm resolution. For more information, please visit our STEDYCON instrument page found here.

Dr. Reza Rajabi-Toustani has joined the IGB Core Facilities

Dr. Reza Rajabi-Toustani will be helping with hands-on training with the MINFLUX and other optical microscopes. Previously he was a Postdoc in Joe (Huanyu) Qiao Lab. Reza has been using the MINFLUX from the time it was installed and provided the July 2022 Image of the Month. It can be found here.

Dr. Umnia Doha has joined the IGB Core Facilities

Dr. Doha will be helping with training on the optical microscopes. Umnia comes from the Taher Saif Lab in Mechanical Science and Engineering. 



The Core Facilities is located on the concourse level (basement) of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The entrance is adjacent to Array Café.

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