Cell Sciences Imaging Facility: Beckman Center


Overview of Services



Welcome to the Cell Sciences Imaging Facility at the Beckman Center




The Cell Sciences Imaging Facility (CSIF) is a University service center that provides high resolution, state-of-the-art technologies for imaging and analyzing the molecular and structural organization of cells, tissue and bioengineered materials.  The CSIF operates two sites at Stanford University: The CSIF at Beckman Center and the CSIF at Shriram Center.  Both locations are open to all members of the Stanford community as well as to external academic and industry researchers (with approval).



You are on the CSIF Beckman Center iLab website. Click this link to access CSIF Shriram Center iLab site.



CSIF at Beckman Center houses both advanced fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy instrumentation. Advanced microscope technologies include super resolution (SIM, gSTED, PALM/STORM), laser scanning confocal, multi-photon, FLIM, TIRF and widefield deconvolution as well as state-of-the-art scanning and transmission electron microscopy.  Detailed information on these microscopes can be found in the Schedule Equipment tab above.  Quick links to the microscopes scheduling calenders are below.    



Fluorescence Microscopy Core (FMC)

The CSIF-FMC provides access to and training on high end fluorescent microscopes on an hourly fee basis. Current microscope technologies include super resolution (SIM, gSTED, PALM/STORM), laser scanning and spinning disk confocal, multi-photon, FLIM, TIRF and widefield deconvolution. 



Electron Microscopy Core (EMC)

The CSIF-EMC is a full service lab providing access to and training on transmission (TEM) and scanning (SEM) electron technologies as well as sample preparation, immuno-histochemitry staining, room temperature electron tomography, serial-section SEM, EM imaging and documentation.



Array Tomography Core (ATC)

The CSIF-ATC provides complete array tomography services and training, including sample prep, array generation and immunolocalization as well as access to automated fluorescence microscope and AT specific reconstruction software. 



Both the Beckman and the Shriram locations offer advanced software for 3D volume rendering and image analysis (Bitplane Imaris, PerkinElmer Volocity, SVI Huygens Deconvolution, ImageJ FIJI, Becker&Hickl SPC Image). Training, as well as assistance with experimental design, is available on all key technologies.




The CSIF is a member of and support by:

The Beckman Center, Stanford Cancer Institute and BioX


Getting Started


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Jon Mulholland | CSIF Director

Office (B050A):  (650) 725-7532

Lab    (B050B):  (650) 723-2449

Email:  jwm at stanford.edu



Name Role Phone Email  Location
Kitty Lee Fluorescence Microscopy Core 723-2449   microscopy at stanford.edu Beckman B050B
Ibanri Phanwar Array Tomography Core    721-6989 ibanri.phanwar at stanford.edu Beckman B050B
John Perrino Electron Microscopy Core-TEM   723-3462 jperrino at stanford.edu Beckman B001
Jon Mulholland Electron Microscopy Core-SEM   725-7532 jwm at stanford.edu   B050A ,B051 Shriram B023
Cedric Espenel SOE Shriram Center CSIF  498-3559 espenel at stanford.edu

Shriram B023


Location and Hours of Operation



Cell Sciences Imaging Facility

Stanford University Medical Center

Beckman Center B050 (FMC, ATC)

Beckman Center B001 (EMC)

Stanford, CA 94305-5301

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday  

24/7 access for trained users




Reservation Calendars Quick Links and Resources

Reservation Calendars Links:


Publication Acknowledgement 

As with all Stanford Service Centers, credit must be given to Cell Sciences Imaging Facility for data that results in a publication. If the work done at Cell Sciences Imaging Facility produces data resulting in a figure in a publication, you are required to acknowledge Cell Sciences Imaging Facility in the publication. Further, if Cell Sciences Imaging Facility staff members provided significant experimental design, data interpretation, or other intellectual contribution (as evaluated by the PI), then it is expected that these individuals will be coauthors on the publication.


Additionally almost all of the CSIF's microscopes were obtained via NIH instrumentation grants and therefore require proper acknowmedgement. Please see the required NIH citation information included on the microscope's description page or contact the CSIF director.


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Name Role Phone Email Location
Jon Mulholland
jwm at stanford.edu

Instrumentation, Services, & Training Price List

Search available services: View: by category alphabetically
Array Tomography (ATC) Services (6)
EMC Equipment Fees (9)
EMC Services (20)
EMC Training (2)
Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) Microscopes (4)
FMC Microscopes (5)
FMC Services and Training (3)
FMC supplies (8)

Available Equipment and Resources

Array Tomography (ATC) Equipment (1)
Electron Microscope Core (EMC): Equipment (10)
Electron Microscope Core (EMC): Microscopes (4)
Fluorescence Microscope Core (FMC): Microscopes/Equipment (7)