Established in 1973, the Central Microscopy Research Facility is part of the Office of the University of Iowa Vice President for Research. Although we are located in Eckstein Medical Research Facility, in the heart of the University of Iowa health campus, we serve investigators from all areas of the University.
The Facility provides instrumentation and technical assistance to research programs involving the use of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, light microscopy and confocal microscopy, freeze fracture and x-ray microanalysis. The CMRF also provides all solutions, supplies, and training necessary for investigators involving microtomy, including specialized staining and embedding techniques, negative staining, metal coating, autoradiography, cryo-fixation, and cryomicrotomy, enzyme cytochemistry, immuno-cytochemistry, morphometry and stereology, the preparation of material science samples for both TEM and SEM including x-ray microanalysis and other procedures. A library containing texts and a review of various applications of transmission and scanning electron microscopy is also available.
The CMRF serves both the experienced and novice investigator, and provides training for those in need. Alternatively, all or parts of a project can be handled by the staff.
The Central Microscopy Research Facility is reviewed by an advisory committee consisting of faculty from various University departments.