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Welcome to the Confocal Microscope Facility
The Nikon Eclipse Ti confocal laser scanning microscope is equipped with four laser light sources, differential interference contrast and temperature controlled stage and is used for research and teaching purposes. Several departments at Amherst College have access to the facility which resides in McGuire Life Sciences.
Please contact Lori Nichols at 413-542-2081 with any questions.
View work from labs via navigation buttons to your left under "Confocal Microscope".
Reference Materials for Students:
CellBASE for Research resources, Forums and Blogs, Model Organisms, Methods, Protocols, Tutorials, Simulation and Animation and related resources
Molecular Expressions for Photo Galleries, Imaging Tutorials, Videos, LSM and Simulations
Nikon Microscopy U for general microscopy education, Tutorials, Galleries and Downloads
Olympus Microscopy Resource Center for Physics, Anatomy and Tecnique
University of Arizona-Cellular Imaging Facility for General and Historical information on Confocal Theory and Operation, also Optics and Hardware
Purdue University has several Powerpoint Lecture Slides on different aspects of microscopy including confocal.
ZEISS has tutorials and articles on Education in Microscopy and Digital Imaging
PLC gamma in Fertilized Sea Urchin Eggs by Michelle Huynh '11
Telophase Polyspermy Triple staining Enlarged
Green - PLC gamma Blue - DNA Red - Endoplasmic Reticulum
Z-Series ER in L. pictus Egg, by Burr Fong '08
Click on the movie file to view: z-series movie of Endoplasmic Reticulum in the sea urchin egg post fertilization.
The microscope is a vital tool for research.
4 summer research students and one technician.
From Left to Right in the Group Photo:
Michelle, Zina, Julie, Ashley, and Professor Poccia seated ...who's wearing the captain's hat?
Michelle just heard that the urchin - she's got eggs!
Zina is going after those precious eggs.
Professor Poccia is our faculty expert.
Last summer 6 summer research students and one technician
Left to Right: Crystal, Julie, Ben, Darienne, Jen
We weren't able to "capture" Neil
|It's not uncommon to see students consulting with one another|