Time to Apply for the Berkeley 4D Advanced Microscopy of Brain Circuits Course

  From May 21-27, 2017, the Zeiss Berkeley Brain Microscopy Innovation Center will open its doors for an advanced course on state-of-the-art optical tools, imaging systems, and analysis methods that are being developed for the study of neuronal circuits. Each day will be divided into lectures and hands on laboratory experience using emerging BRAIN Initiative neurotechnologies, including optogenetics, calcium imaging,… Read More Time to Apply for the Berkeley 4D Advanced Microscopy of Brain Circuits Course

Meeting Recap: “More Than Just a Pretty Picture”

On Tuesday, April 26th, researchers from all over campus came to discuss “More Than Just a Pretty Picture: Acquiring Images for Analysis.” Jen Lee from the Molecular Imaging Center led the discussion on the basics of image acquisition, including an overview of detectors, how to obtain an image with high signal-to-noise ratio, and a survey… Read More Meeting Recap: “More Than Just a Pretty Picture”

Instruments of the Month: Serenity & Morpheus (Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1)

After an extended absence due to MIC-related courses & workshops, the Instrument of the Month series is back with a post on not just one, but two instruments: Serenity and Morpheus. What are “Serenity” and “Morpheus”? Both are Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1 instruments used for selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM). More on SPIM below. Why the names… Read More Instruments of the Month: Serenity & Morpheus (Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1)

Still Alive!

Apologies for the radio silence on the Open MIC blog. After celebrating the success of the first MIC Image Contest at the Open MIC Holiday Party in December, we went right into organizational and logistical planning mode for 2 events: the inaugural 4D Advanced Microscopy in Brain Circuits course (January) and the 13th Advanced Imaging… Read More Still Alive!

2015 Molecular Imaging Center Image Contest

This past Thursday, we hosted the first Open MIC Holiday Party, complete with food, drinks, decorations, music, and, of course, beautiful microscopy images from our inaugural Image Contest! Before we get to the images, I’d like to acknowledge: Zeiss Microscopy, and in particular, Alex Soell, for generously sponsoring the contest all of the MIC users who entered… Read More 2015 Molecular Imaging Center Image Contest

Instrument of the Month: Trinity (Zeiss LSM 880-NLO with Airyscan)

Welcome to the first installment of our new series, “Instrument of the Month”, where we’ll highlight one of the many instruments at the Molecular Imaging Center (MIC). The purpose of the series is to bring awareness to the community regarding our imaging resources. Since we currently manage 20 instruments in our facility, very few users know… Read More Instrument of the Month: Trinity (Zeiss LSM 880-NLO with Airyscan)