TIC Microscopy Facility

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:

In order to use the reservation system, you need to setup an account in the FBS ( https://usc.fbs.io) system.
Once your account is active, you must:

Instructions for non-USC personnel:

please contact smaguirr@usc.edu for information on account registration, training and using
the microscopes of the Translational Imaging Center Cores at USC.

Link for all Cores Users to book reservations:

USC Internal Booking System

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