Neuroscience Microscopy Service

This hippocampal neuron was filled during whole-cell electrophysiological recording
in a 300 µm thick acute brain slice, and, after post-hoc staining, was reconstructed
using the NMS NeuroLucida workstation. X, Y, and Z scale bars = 42 μm. Traced on
NMS's NeuroLucida workstation by Dr. Csaba Földy, Südhof lab.

Overview of Services


The NMS provides access to high-end, capital-intensive microscopy equipment that is often not available to individual labs.


Available equipment includes

  • Zeiss LSM710 Confocal Microscope:
  • Zeiss LSM510 Confocal Microscope;
  • LaVision Biotec Ultramicroscope II light sheet microscope;
  • Bruker/Prairie Technologies Two-photon Microscopes: 1) In Vivo, 2) Tissue Slice
  • Whole-cell patch clamp e-phys rig (on the two-photon tissue slice microscope)
  • Zeiss AxioImager Motorized Widefield Fluorescence Microscope.
  • Two high-powered image analysis workstations:
    • Harpo, with Imaris 3D imaging and analysis software, and
    • Chico, with Neurolucida tracing software



Andrew Olson, Ph.D.
Director, Neuroscience Microscopy Service


Getting Started


  • Stanford Users:  LOGIN or REGISTER for an iLab account using valid Stanford credentials (SUNet ID)


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday

8:30 - 5:00

 24/7 Access to trained, proficient users   

Lorry Lokey Stem Cell Building, Suite G0901
265 Campus Drive West
Stanford, CA 94305-5453
Stanford Mail code: 5453

Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Andrew Olson, Ph.D.