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Our mission is to help you with your research.

We provide training, assistance and services in light microscopy, electron microscopy and image analysis.

We look forward to hearing about your research needs and how we can help.

We are a UNC core facility that is part of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and are a light microscopy core for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. We work with researchers from UNC, other academic and governmental institutions, and companies.

New to MSL?

Read our instructions to get started.

Already a user?

Book time or request training on our iLab site.

Refresh your memory on microscope or software workflows with our YouTube tutorials.

Please acknowledge us in your papers.

What about COVID19?

We ask all of our new and returning users to read, acknowledge and sign our code of conduct, which is designed to maximize everyone’s safety, in compliance with UNC policies. We have redesigned aspects of our training that allow us to quickly switch to a distanced, semi-remote mode if needed.

Air in our laboratory is 100% from outside, not recirculated, is filtered through MERV14 filters, and exchanges at least 4 times per hour in all of our spaces.

Have other questions?

Email us at or call us at 919-966-2413.

We are located in the basement of the Brinkhous-Bullitt building.