Neuroscience Microscopy Service

Overview of Services

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

Please note that the NMS has moved most of its facilities to the basement of the new Stanford Neurosciences Building.  The LSM710 Confocal Microscope is NOT impacted by this move, and will remain in SIM1.

Please also note that Dr. Andrew Olson retired as Director of the NMS on September 1st.  Jon Mulholland, Director of the Cell Sciences Imaging Facility, is filling in until a new associate director is hired.  We wish Andrew well in his new adventures.

Available equipment includes

  • Zeiss LSM980 with Airyscan 2 Confocal Microscope (Stanford Neuroscience Building)
  • Zeiss LSM710 Confocal Microscope (SIM1 basement)
  • LaVision Biotec Ultramicroscope II light sheet microscope (Stanford Neuroscience Building)
  • Bruker/Prairie Technologies Two-photon Microscopes: 1) In Vivo, 2) Tissue Slice (Stanford Neuroscience Building - NOT operational)
  • Whole-cell patch clamp e-phys rig (on the two-photon tissue slice microscope) (Stanford Neuroscience Building - NOT operational)
  • Zeiss AxioImager Motorized Widefield Fluorescence Microscope (Stanford Neuroscience Building)
  • Two high-powered image analysis workstations (both in Stanford Neuroscience Building - NOT available):
    • Harpo, with Imaris 3D imaging and analysis software, and
    • Chico, with Neurolucida tracing software


NMS acting-Director | Jon Mulholland

Office (Beckman Center, B050)

Email:  jwm at

Getting Started


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




Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Stanford Neurosciences Building

290 Jane Stanford Way, Room S080

Stanford, CA 94305

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday  

24/7 access for trained users





Links and Resources

  1. NMS website in Wu Tsai Neurosciences Community Labs


Name Role Phone Email Location
Jon Mulholland
Acting Director NMS
Beckman Center B050
Tim Doyle
Assistant Director for Neuroscience Community Labs
(650) 391-7874