Neuroscience Microscopy Core

Overview of Services

The UNC Neuroscience Microscopy Core (NMC) provides a full spectrum of advanced systems for cellular and molecular imaging of in vitro and in vivo samples. In addition to providing access to high-resolution imaging technologies, the NMC also implements new imaging technologies, particularly related to real-time and tissue clearing based imaging of neurodevelopment and neural functions, and provides training, consultation, data analysis, image processing, and centralized technical expertise to support the imaging needs of neuroscientists. The Neuroscience Microscopy Core is supported, in part, by funding from the NIH-NINDS Neuroscience Center Support Grant P30 NS045892 and the NIH-NICHD Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Support Grant U54 HD079124.



Please note that new rates for microscope use, training fees, and consulting will go into effect on June 1st, 2020. These rate changes are a part of the normal review process involving the Office of Sponsored Research and are not related to the situation with COVID-19. For more information please see our website

Update on Operations (Updated on 5/29/2020)


The Neuroscience Microscopy Core will be reopening on Monday, June 1st. To ensure that all of our users and staff can use the core safely there will be a number of changes to our operating policies, and some of our equipment has moved. Ahead of reopening, calendar access will be suspended for all users effective Friday, May 29th at 12pm. For details on and our new policies and how to get calendar access when the core is reopened, please see our website.

Please visit to view image analysis and figure making software and other resources that are available and may be relevant to you at this time.



5114 Mary Ellen Jones Building, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Campus Box 7250

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Michelle S. Itano, Ph.D.
5202B Mary Ellen Jones Building
Tessa Ropp
Research Associate
5110 Mary Ellen Jones Building
Christina Moore
Research Specialist
5110 Mary Ellen Jones Building

Price List

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Available Equipment and Resources

Name Price
Olympus FV3000RS Confocal Microscope View calendar
Zeiss LSM 780 Confocal Microscope View calendar
Zeiss LSM 710 Confocal Microscope View calendar
Sarracenia ("old" Windows Analysis Workstation) View calendar
ImarisLight Windows Workstation View calendar
Room 5114 View calendar
Room 5115 View calendar