Microscopy

The Hitachi H-600 transmission electron microscope facilitates digital image capture of samples up to 80kX magnification.
The Hitachi H-600 transmission electron microscope facilitates digital image capture of samples up to 80kX magnification.

Our Hitachi H-600 TEM is equipped with a SIA L12C (16 mp) imaging system with MaxIm DL 5 image capture and optimization software. A good resource for copper grids can be found on the Electron Microscopy Sciences website.

The Nikon Eclipse E-600 light microscope facilitates image capture with brightfield, epifluorescence, differential interference contrast, and phase contrast controls.
The Nikon Eclipse E-600 light microscope facilitates image capture with brightfield, epifluorescence, differential interference contrast, and phase contrast controls.
Brightfield image captured by Xuehuan Feng, featuring conjugating green algae with unbranched filaments (Zygnema circumcarinatum).
Brightfield image captured by Xuehuan Feng, featuring conjugating green algae with unbranched filaments (Zygnema circumcarinatum).
Green fluorescence image captured by Xuehuan Feng, featuring star-shaped chloroplast morphology in green algae (Zygnema circumcarinatum).
Green fluorescence image captured by Xuehuan Feng, featuring star-shaped chloroplast morphology in green algae (Zygnema circumcarinatum).
DIC image captured by Paige Bothwell, featuring EMT6 cells, a murine mammary carcinoma cell line, growing as a monolayer.
DIC image captured by Paige Bothwell, featuring EMT6 cells, a murine mammary carcinoma cell line, growing as a monolayer.

Our Nikon Eclipse E-600 LM is outfitted with standard brightfield visualization, epifluorescence filter sets (UV-2B (ex 353, em 435), UV-2E/C (a.k.a. DAPI - ex 358, em 461), BFP (ex 380, em 440), GFP (ex 470, em 525), YFP (ex 500, em 535), TRITC HYQ (ex 545, em 620)), differential interference contrast (DIC, a.k.a. Nomarski optics), phase contrast, 1X, 4X, 10X, 40x, and 100x (oil) Plan Fluor, and 60X Plan Apo objectives, and two imaging systems: Nikon DS-Fi1c color digital camera system with Nikon NIS-Elements image capture and optimization software and Hamamatsu ORCA-ER high-sensitivity monochrome digital CCD camera with HCImage Live image capture and optimization software.

The Leica MZ7.5 Stereo Microscope can be used to perform delicate surgical procedures, capture digital images of biological macrostructures, and record video footage of live organisms.
The Leica MZ7.5 Stereo Microscope can be used to perform delicate surgical procedures, capture digital images of biological macrostructures, and record video footage of live organisms.
Stereomicroscope image captured by Austin Parrin, featuring coral polyps (genus: Acrossota).
Stereomicroscope image captured by Austin Parrin, featuring coral polyps (genus: Acrossota).

Our Leica MZ7.5 stereo microscope is outfitted with a Leica MC170 HD color digital camera, Leica Application Suite image capture and optimization software and a newly added LAS MultiTime – Timelapse capture mode that can facilitate video capture (.avi files).

The Zeiss LSM 5 Pascal confocal laser scanning microscope facilitates image capture with argon and HeNe lasers, brightfield, epifluorescence, differential interference contrast, and phase contrast controls.
The Zeiss LSM 5 Pascal confocal laser scanning microscope facilitates image capture with argon and HeNe lasers, brightfield, epifluorescence, differential interference contrast and phase contrast controls.
Split red/green fluorescence, DIC, and overlay images captured by Paige Bothwell, featuring SK Hep cells, a human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line, stained with acridine orange.
Split red/green fluorescence, DIC and overlay images captured by Paige Bothwell, featuring SK Hep cells, a human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line, stained with acridine orange.

This is the older model of confocal microscope in our facilities and it is outfitted with 10X, 40X (oil), and 63X (oil) Plan Neofluar objectives, argon (458, 488, and 514 nm) and HeNe (543 nm) lasers, and Zeiss Pascal LSM 5 image acquisition and optimization software.

Please note: Dr. Linda Yasui is solely responsible for the management of the new Zeiss LSM 900 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope with Airyscan 2. Please contact lyasui@niu.edu for any questions about operations, specifications or scheduling time on this microscope.

  • Nikon's Microscopy U website
  • Additional equipment for transmission electron microscopy
    • Reichert-Jung SuperNova Ultramicrotome
    • Reichert OmU2 Ultramicrotome
    • Sorvall Porter-Blum MT2-B Ultramicrotomes (2)
    • LKB Glass Knifemaker
  • Additional equipment for light microscopy
    • AO T/P 8000 Automated Tissue Processor with Tissue-Tek II Paraffin Dispenser
    • AO Spencer 820 Microtomes (3)
    • Lab-Line Slide Warmer
    • Lab-Line and Tissue-Tek tissue flotation baths
    • AO Knife Sharpener

Contact Us

Barrie Bode, Ph.D.
Core Lab Director
COVID-19 Waste Water Surveillance
Professor, Biological Sciences
bodebp@niu.edu

Paige Bothwell, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Lab Manager
pbothwell1@niu.edu