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 CORES (http://research.usc.edu/cores/) system.
by sending 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 your account is active, you must:

Instructions for non-USC personnel:

please contact GKeller@provost.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