Advanced Microscopy Laboratory
Ronald Kumon, Ph.D., Lab Director and Associate Professor of Physics
The mission of the Kettering University Laboratory for Advanced Microscopy is to provide high-quality microscopic imaging down to submicron length scales. Our laboratory is ideal for users who want to obtain high-resolution images of cells, surfaces, and other objects. The laboratory is available for use by Kettering students, faculty, and staff as well as external users for microscopy research and teaching.
- The centerpiece of the lab is a Nikon Eclipse Ti2-E inverted optical microscope with a C2+ confocal laser scanning unit and Andor iXon Life 897 EMCCD camera. This microscope can perform brightfield, differential interference contrast (DIC), and fluorescence imaging of specimens including 3D fluorescence imaging (Z-stacks). Its stage is fully computer-controlled allowing for repeatable scanning over multiple regions or regions larger than the regular field of view. The EMCCD camera is also useful for rapid imaging (30+ fps) or static imaging of specimens with very weak fluorescence.
- The lab also features several other microscopes that can be used for true color brightfield imaging, phase contrast, and fluorescence imaging. These instruments include two Olympus BX-50 upright microscopes (including one with a dual-binocular setup for simultaneous use by two users) and a Nikon Eclipse TS100-F inverted microscope.
Support for the lab has been provided by the National Science Foundation Grant 1828246 and Kettering University.