News and Annoucements

All announcements, news, seminars and conferences below:

New CMIF/MSR Associate Director

We are excited to announce that Dr. Tong Zhang will be joining us as the new Associate Director of the CMIF/MSR. Tong received his BSc in Biochemistry and PhD in Biology from McGill University and was previously Light Microscopy Specialist for the Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Core Facility at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla. Tong brings a wealth of experience with varied light microscopy techniques including super resolution imaging: SIM, STED, PALM/STORM, X-Clarity & Lightsheet; FRET, FRAP and photoswitchable protein imaging; multi-photon imaging; spectral imaging; TIRF; FCS; spinning-disk; Zeiss Airyscan; laser scanning confocal; laser dissecting microscopy; wide-field fluorescence imaging; deconvolution imaging; live-cell imaging; DIC, phase contrast, dark field and bright field imaging. Tong has over 15 years of experience in microscopy and will take a leadership role in the execution of technical and management functions within the CMIF. Tong provides professional trainings to ensure users to accomplish high quality research. He will also provide consultation to users and help researchers to transfer their scientific questions into microscopy solutions. Tong has applied his microscopy knowledge and skills in many fields of studies and published in top tier journals. Tong has won many local and international microscopy competition awards. We welcome Tong onboard in the next couple of months.

The CMIF is pleased to welcome our new TEM specialist Jeff Tonniges

Jeff has over 10 years of experience with light microscopy and over 7 years of experience with electron microscopy. He received an MS in physics from Creighton University and a PhD in biophysics from the Ohio State University. Jeff has considerable expertise in applying standard and advanced techniques in light and electron microscopy to a diverse array of research questions. In particular, he is interested in quantitative image analysis, and developing new microscopy protocols and techniques. Jeff enjoys working with others to achieve their research goals

Message from CMIF-MSR Directors Paul Stoodley and Allan Tsung

Update: CMIF / OSUCCC MSR opening with Covid-19 restrictions Monday June 8th.

Good news, our reopening protocols have been approved by the OSUCCC and the Office of Research for stages 1 and 2. Please read to the attached document for complete guidelines. To comply with personal distancing restrictions we are limiting room and total facility occupancy and will not be able to offer hands on training or facility group tours at this time. CMIF staff will be available to assist users trained prior to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Super High Resolution Microscopy Update: The Nikon SIM/TIRF/STORM system has been delivered and is currently in crates. It is to be housed in the BRT 268 suite. This space is being remodeled to house the instrument and be compliant with BSL2 experiments. The remodeling process might take 3 months and during construction equipment housed in BRT 268 will be relocated to other CMIF areas.

Please be patient with us as we try to work through Covid-19 restrictions, the remodeling, and the accumulated backlog. We hope everyone is staying heathy and looking forward to getting back to research in a safe manner! Paul.

CMIF-MSR Staff and User Guidelines for safe use during Covid-19

Paul Stoodley, PhD.

Director, Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility (CMIF)
Professor, Departments of Microbial Infection and Immunity and Orthopedics
Infectious Diseases Institute,
The Ohio State University, 716 Biomedical Research Tower, 460 West 12th Avenue, Columbus OH 43210

Tel: +1 614 292 7826

Featured Image

The CMIF Featured Image represents a cross-sectioned tibialis anterior muscle derived from a mouse with muscular dystrophy. This image was captured using the Nikon A1R microscope by Dr. J. Spencer Hauck from the laboratory of Jill Rafael-Forney, PhD. This image demonstrates the infiltration of immune cells (green) into the muscle tissue (represented by red and blue staining). For more information regarding Dr. Rafael-Fortney’s research, please visit the following webpage:

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Please remember to support the CMIF by including the following: Images presented in this report were generated using the instruments and services at the Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility, The Ohio State University. This facility is supported in part by grant P30 CA016058, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

CANCELLED - Confocal Training in BRT 134

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
CANCELLED - Sign up using the contact us form here (or use the contact tab above). Please put "Confocal Training" in the comments box. You will then be registered and will not receive a confirmation email. Attendance at this free monthly seminar is required before receiving one-on-one confocal training.