TIC Microscopy Facility

Translational Imaging Center hosts a large microscopy facility with a wide range of cutting edge instruments.

Shared Microscopes

Zeiss Elyra Superresolution PALM SIM


  • Photo-Activated Localization Microscope (PALM)
  • Structured Illumination Microscope (SIM)
  • 405nm, 456nm, 488nm, 561nm, 642nm excitation
  • Heated Chamber

Zeiss Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope 780 Upright


  • HeNe 633: 633nm
  • DPSS 561-10: 561nm
  • Diode 405-30: 405nm
  • Argon: 458-488-514nm
  • HeNe 594: 594nm
  • 2-Photon excitation
  • Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO)
  • Non-Descanned Detectors (NDD)

Zeiss Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope 700 Inverted


  • 2 channels
  • DIC configuration
  • motorized stage
  • incubation
  • excitation solid state lasers: 405nm, 488nm, 555nm, and 635nm
  • Heated Chamber

Booking Facility Microscopes

Microscopes Booking instructions, Policies and usage Manuals

Instructions for USC personnel:

Use the following link: USC Internal Booking System

In order to use the reservation system, you need to setup an account in CORES (http://research.usc.edu/cores/).
To do that, please send an email to usccores@usc.edu with the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. USC Net ID (Shibboleth ID)
  3. Contact phone
  4. Contact email
  5. PI name
  6. Account number associated to user (i.e. the account that will be charged for the service provided)
Once you have an account in CORES, you need to get trained by TIC microscopy manager or other TIC personnel in order for you to grant the permission to use the microscopes.

Instructions for non-USC personnel:

please contact FraserTIC@usc.edu.

Lab Microscopes

Zeiss Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope 780 Inverted


  • HeNe 633: 633nm
  • DPSS 561-10: 561nm
  • Diode 405-30: 405nm
  • Argon: 458-488-514nm
  • HeNe 594: 594nm
  • 2-Photon excitation
  • Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO)
  • Non-Descanned Detectors (NDD)
  • Heated Chamber

Zeiss Compound Microscopes


  • Brightfield
  • Epi lamp

Zeiss Inverted Widefield Microscope


  • Widefield
  • Epi lamp

Light Sheet Microscopes


  • Custom-built microscopy setups 1-photon and 2-photon excitation

Olympus MVX10


  • Epi lamp
  • injections setup

Zeiss Upright Widefield Microscope


  • Widefield
  • Epi lamp

Olympus Microscope for Injection


  • Brightfield
  • Epi lamp
  • Heated Stage

Leica Dissection Microscope


  • Brightfield
  • Epi lamp
  • Heater