image from advanced light microscopy contest winner 2019
Laser capture microdissection system available for use

The ArcturusXT laser capture microdissection system has been repaired and is once again available for training and use. The instrument enables isolation of individual cells and defined cell groups in a wide variety of tissue samples for conducting spatial analysis, in particular RNA and protein profiling. Feel free to contact us for additional information about this technology and its possible applications. 

We greatly appreciate Dr. Jaime Barros-Rios (Plant Science and Technology), Dr. Henry Wan (Molecular Microbiology and Immunology), Dr. Gary Weisman (Biochemistry), the Interdisciplinary Plant Group and the Division of Research, Innovation and Impact for providing the funds for this needed repair.

Honoring our founder

Thomas Phillips, retired Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, biological sciences professor and founder of our core, speaks during a ceremony naming the room inside the Bond Life Sciences Center that houses the Advanced Light Microscopy Core the Thomas E. Phillips Light Microscopy Facility in his honor.

New Leica ARTOS 3D Ultramicrotome

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the new Leica ARTOS 3D ultramicrotome. This highly automated ultramicrotome will simplify the production of semi-thin sections for high resolution light microscopy and immunocytochemistry.


Our equipment and services consist of confocal, super-resolution, digital light-sheet and widefield microscopes, laser capture microdissection, image analysis and processing and sample preparation. We also have an onsite Supply Center stocked with fluorescent secondary antibodies and markers. Consumables for laser capture microdissection are also available. Clients can also special order without shipping fees. We offer a file transfer system for clients to use for temporary file storage.

Learn more about our equipment.


We are open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed on university holidays.

Our calendar provides an easy way to view available time slots. To make an appointment, please check for instrument availability on the calendars listed then call 882-4895 to make a reservation for the time and instrument you wish to use.

Schedule time on an instrument.


Since 2001, the ALMC has held a Light Microscopy Image Contest to showcase the work of core users and generate broader interest in the core's capabilities. Participating researchers can submit their best images taken with any ALMC instrument. A winner chosen by popular vote is revealed during Show Me Research Week. 

See winning images.

Dr. Alexander Jurkevich
120 Bond Life Sciences Center, 1201 Rollins St.