New users

First steps

  1. Fill out an New user form and (we prefer you fill out the pdf form and not scan a printout or bring us a physical copy).
  2. Follow instructions below according to the microscopy type you are interested in (light, electron). Don't know?

Every user must be in our system under their own name; we no longer allow researchers to sign up with their supervisor or collaborator’s ID.

Light Microscopy training

Please fill out a Light Microscopy Training form and (we prefer you fill out the pdf form electronically instead of scanning a printout or bringing us a physical copy). We will review the information you provide and advise you on the best microscope for your experiments. We may email you if we have additional questions during this process.

Once we have selected a microscope, we will contact you to schedule a training time. After you have received training you will be able to book our systems during MSL’s open hours. Trainings are personal and non-transferrable; all users must be trained by MSL staff to use our microscopes. This ensures effective training and minimizes the possibility of equipment damage. Of course, we are happy to answer any questions after you have been trained.

Electron Microscopy training and services

Please contact directly to discuss your project. She will advise you on microscope training and can explain the many specimen preparation services we provide.

A note on scheduling

We strive to help users as quickly as possible, but the staff and microscopes are usually heavily booked. Because of this we ask that you please try to contact us at least a week in advance of when you want to use a microscope for the first time. We also encourage you to if you want to meet in person to discuss your research and how we can help you. We want to give you the best possible assistance and typically cannot do that if you drop by with a sample that needs to be imaged urgently for a paper submission, grant application or lab meeting due the next day; please give us advance notice and we will be happy to help you with your research.