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Cellular Imaging Core Facility

The Cellular Imaging Core Facility provides an imaging resource to advance plant biology research at the Noble Research Institute.

Overview

The goal of the Cellular Imaging Core Facility is to use basic and advanced light microscopy to address a range of plant biological questions, train researchers and initiate collaborative research work with principal investigators at the Noble Research Institute.

This state-of-the-art cellular imaging center supports not only internal researchers but also students and faculty at neighboring universities within southern Oklahoma and the northern Texas region.

The facility occupies a 12-room suite with about 3,500 square feet containing equipment for modern light microscopy and biological imaging. Researchers receive hands-on training in order to use the equipment independently, or they may use the equipment with assistance from team members.

As more plant genomes are sequenced through large-scale sequencing efforts, there will be an increased need for studies that place individual or interacting genes and proteins into their functional subcellular context, further enhancing the importance of the Cellular Imaging Core Facility.

Services

  • Confocal laser scanning microscopy
  • Wide-field fluorescence microscopy
  • Laser capture microdissection technique
  • Fixation and embedding techniques
  • Microtomy and histochemical staining, including immune-localization
  • Other microscopy techniques application to plant biological research