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Cell Sciences Imaging Facility: Shriram Center


Overview of Services



Welcome to the Cell Sciences Imaging Facility at the Shriram 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 SOE Shriram center and the CSIF at SOM Beckman Center.  Both facility sites are open to all members of the Stanford community as well as to external academic and industry researchers (with approval).  You are on CSIF's Shriram iLab Solutions site.


The CSIF at Shriram provides access to and training on advanced fluorescence and transmitted light microscopy including: laser scanning spectral confocal with AiryScan, multi-photon imaging (Zeiss LSM780, AiryScan, DeepSee), spinning disk confocal microscope with TIRF and photo-activation capabilities (Nikon SDC), fluorescence lifetime imaging (B&H FLIM), Lattice Lightsheet(Zeiss LLS7), lightsheet (Bruker TrueLive) and widefield (epi-fluorescence, Zeiss AxioImager) microscopes.  Detailed information on these microscopes can be found in the Schedule Equipment tab above.  Quick links to the microscopes scheduling calenders are below.


The CSIF at Beckman houses both light microscopy (including higly-multiplex spatial proteomic services), data analysis (Huygens, Imaris, and other opensource options) software and electron microscopy services and instrumentations. Light microscopy systems: Upright and inverted confocal laser scanning systems (Leica Stellaris8 DIVE upright Multiphoton; Zeiss LSM880 inverted, AiryScan, AiryScan FAST; Leica SP8 with 8000Hz resonant scanning, upright LEICA Stellaris 8 DIVE with 8000Hz resonant scanning) and structured illumination super resolution (Leica OMX SIM, TIRF) are accessible by users.  FESEM (Zeiss, Sigma) and TEM (JEOL1400) are available with our full service EM facility. Addtionally highly-multiplex spatial proteomic services, which include Akoya CODEX Phenocycler-Fusion 2.0, Visiopharm analysis and Array tomography services are available.  Click this link to access CSIF Beckman Center iLab site. 


Both facilities house data processing software for 3D volume rendering and image analysis (VisioPharm, Bitplane Imaris, PerkinElmer Volocity, SVI Huygens Deconvolution, ImageJ FIJI). Training, as well as assistance with experimental design, is available on all key technologies.



The CSIF is a member of and is supported by:

The SOM Beckman Center, Stanford Cancer Institute, BioX and the SOE


Getting Started

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




CSIF Director | Jon Mulholland 

Office (SOM Beckman Center, B062C):  (650) 725-7532

Email:  jwm at


Shriram Center Faculty Advisor | Dr. Alex Dunn 



Name Role Phone (650) Email  Location
David Lenzi Shriram Center CSIF Manager 498-7409 Shriram B023
Nadia Makarova Shriram Bio-AFM support  497-6443 Shriram B023



Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering

443 Via Ortega

room B023, Cell Sciences Imaging Facility

Stanford, CA 94305

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday  

24/7 access for trained users




Reservation Calendars Quick 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
Director of CSIF
650-725 7532
Beckman B062C
David Lenzi
CSIF Shriram Manager
650 498 7409
Shriram B023
Nadia Makarova
CSIF bio-AFM Specialist
650-497 6443
Shriram B023

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