The Amherst Biology Imaging Center is used for research and teaching purposes.  Several departments at Amherst College have access to the facility that is managed by our imaging specialist.

View some past 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

Principles of Confocal MicroscopyPrinciples of Confocal Microscopy by Karen Lovely-Leach


Student Work:

 PLC gamma in Fertilized Sea Urchin Eggs by Michelle Huynh '11

PLC gammaPolyspermyTriple stain 2Triple stain
          Telophase               Polyspermy           Triple staining             Enlarged
          Green - PLC gamma       Blue - DNA       Red - Endoplasmic Reticulum

Z-Series ER in L. pictus Egg, by Burr Fong '08

Slice 1Slice 2Slice 3Slice 4Slice 5
Slice 6Slice 7Slice 8Slice 9NE and Nucleus

Click on the movie file to view: z-series movie  of Endoplasmic Reticulum in the sea urchin egg post fertilization.



Archive of former confocal users:

Poccia Lab
Former confocal users
An urchin has eggs!


A former student going after those precious eggs.
Professor Poccia was a faculty expert on confocal microscopes 


Confocal Crew
Confocal Consulting


Former confocal users 
It's not uncommon to see students consulting with one another