- Getting Access
- Usage Charges & Supplies
- EHS Information
- Data Storage and Analysis
- Zeiss LSM710 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopes
- Contact Us
The mission of the Advanced Microscopy Facility is to support biosciences research at Berkeley Lab by providing capabilities to which individual laboratories might not otherwise have access. Others interested in using the facility please see below under “Getting Access.” Instruments in the facility include two Zeiss LSM710 confocal laser scanning microscopes.
The Advanced Microscopy Facility is available to all Berkeley Lab researchers with a Berkeley Lab employee or affiliate appointment; a valid Berkeley Lab project ID is required for the usage charges. Others interested in using the facility, please request access via the Science Exchange website or contact Javier Ceja-Navarro or Peter Kim.
The facility is located at 717 Potter Street, Berkeley. Training is required before use of the instruments. Training sessions can be scheduled by emailing Peter Kim for LSM1 or Javier Ceja-Navarro for LSM2. Relevant Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) training also needs to be completed prior to access.
Once trained, users can sign up for and use the instruments for which they completed training. Sign up through the Facility Online Manager (FOM) system, selecting “Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Cytometry/Microscopy” facility. For instructions on the FOM system see this document; and refer to this document on how to add this scheduling tool to a Google or Outlook calendar.
In order to log in on the computers that control each instrument, an account is needed on Berkeley Lab’s Active Directory or Windows Domain system (Note: This is different from the LDAP account which is used for email, LETS, etc.). Many Berkeley Lab users already have an account and can simply use that to log in. If not, visit this website to request a Windows Domain account. More information about Active Directory.
Read the section below for information about usage charges and supplies.
Usage Charges & Supplies
The charge for the use of any instrument is $29.00 per hour. Also, if operator assistance is needed an additional fee of $120.00 per hour is charged (Fee schedule). For external users, additional charges will apply; please use the Science Exchange website for access to our facility and to request a quote.
The Advanced Microscopy Facility provides immersion oil, double distilled water, lens cleaning solution and lens paper. All other supplies must be brought by the users, which includes slides, transfer pipettes, gloves. In the resources section below is a list of the typical supplies and the ordering information.
The Advanced Microscopy Facility is located in a BSL-2 lab; no food or drinks are allowed. Each user must have completed and must be current on the following Environment/Health/Safety (EHS) training:
- EHS0735/738 Bloodborne Pathogen training and annual refresher;
- EHS0745 Hepatitis B Medical Surveillance training;
- EHS0604 Hazardous Waste Generator training;
- EHS0730 Biohazardous Waste training.
Visit the Berkeley Lab training website for more information.
The use of the facility and the method of transport of samples between the home lab and the facility must be described in the Work Planning and Control documentation of the home lab’s Principal Investigator. If you have any questions, please contact Javier Ceja-Navarro for information.
Data Storage and Analysis
The computers that control each instrument may temporarily be used to store acquisition data; these data will be kept for one week after acquisition. Users are responsible for their own data storage and can copy it over the network to their lab’s server, copy it to a USB memory stick or portable USB hard drive, or burn it onto a CD or DVD.
Zeiss LSM710 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopes
The Zeiss LSM710 is a top of the line laser scanning confocal microscope incorporating a Zeiss Observer Z1 inverted microscope body. The microscope uses a fully automated stage, objective selector, filter cube and autofocus. The system is outfitted with four lasers supplying six discreet laser lines for excitation (405nm, 458nm, 488nm, 514nm, 561nm, 633nm) and uses three photomultiplier tubes as detecters, incorporating one 32-element spectral detector. The optical collection uses advanced spectral scattering elements to define wavelength selection for optimized multicolor imaging. The Zeiss system is computer-controlled using Zeiss ZEN software, which handles all aspects of image excitation and acquisition, and is capable of single track multicolor and multi-track single/multi-color imaging. The confocal pinhole is computer-controlled helping to optimize pinhole to NA of objective and emission wavelength producing crisp section images. With installed high NA water and oil immersion objective lenses the system is capable of producing high definition 3-dimensional images of cellular organelles and structures. Available modes include Z-stack, FRAP, Time course, Tiles, Regions, Color Deconvolution. LSM710#1 also incorporates an integrated live cell chamber providing a 37C, 5% CO2 humidified environment for extended live cell imaging.
LSM710#2 is exactly the same but does not include a live cell chamber.
Facility Online Manager (FOM) system account set-up instructions
Facility Online Manager (FOM) system – how to add to Google or Outlook calendar?
Google Drive Microscopy Folder, containing instrument manuals, user guides, etc.