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.  Dr. Gordon Wang is the new director of the NMS.  We wish Andrew well in his new adventures.

Available equipment includes

  • Zeiss LSM980 with Airyscan 2 Confocal Microscope (Stanford Wu Tsai Neuroscience Building)
  • Zeiss LSM710 Confocal Microscope (SIM1 basement)
  • LaVision Biotec Ultramicroscope II light sheet microscope (Stanford Wu Tsai Neuroscience Building)
  • Bruker/Prairie Technologies Two-photon Microscopes: 1) In Vivo, 2) Tissue Slice (Stanford Wu Tsai Neuroscience Building)
  • Whole-cell patch clamp e-phys rig (on the two-photon tissue slice microscope) (Stanford Wu Tsai Neuroscience Building - Please inquire about availability of e-phys setup)
  • Zeiss AxioImager Motorized Widefield Fluorescence Microscope (Stanford Wu Tsai Neuroscience Building)
  • Two high-powered image analysis workstations (both in Stanford Neuroscience Building):
    • Harpo, with Imaris 3D imaging and analysis software, and
    • Chico, with Neurolucida tracing software


NMS Director | Gordon wang

Office: Wu Tsai S082A

Email: 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
Gordon Wang
Director of NMS
Wu Tsai Neuroscience S080
Tim Doyle
Assistant Director for Neuroscience Community Labs
(650) 391-7874