Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. This free event is designed to provide an open forum for emerging technology and methodology. Everyone within the research community or biomedical industry are welcome to attend.

When: June 14-15th , 2016.

Where : TAC building
300 Cedar Street
(corner of Cedar and Congress Ave)
New Haven CT, USA

The afternoon symposia will take place in the TAC building auditorium (N107). The microscopy equipment available for use are housed in a variety of locations on the school of medicine campus. Detailed directions will be availalbe at the registration desk.

It is a great opportunity to engage informed instrument operators and explore new microscopy approaches to your biological questions. This event strives to provide direct access to fully functional instruments and expertise at no cost and without any major time committments. In this way, interested individuals can more easily explore new microscopy approaches to determine whether particular instruments or techniques suit their future needs. Additionally, vendor or staff operators are available to offer imaging advice and are more than willing to explore your personal samples with you.
There are no charges associated with this event. Registration is not required for the seminars, but free registration is required to enter the rooms where the microscopes are held or to attend demonstrations, technical lectures or software walk-in clinics. Although we encourage registration online, interested individuals can also register on site in the lobby or 2nd floor landing of the TAC building each day. Applicants will then receive a username and password that will enable them to reserve specific pieces of equipment via

Although entrance to the rooms and viewing of the microscopy equipment does not require a reservation, hands-on access to some of the equipment can not be guaranteed without advance reservation. If you would like to guarantee access to a particular instrument you should reserve time on it through our online scheduling system.

Registered individuals will receive by email a username and password that can be used to reserve equipment on the website After logging onto the site in the lower right hand corner of the homepage, registrants can reserve a specific piece of equipment by first choosing the preferred date by clicking on the "pick date" button in the upper right hand quadrant of the screen. Then click on the “event” button in the upper right hand quadrant of the screen. Please record your cell phone number in the comments box so that we may contact you to discuss the reservation if necessary. Reservations can be edited or deleted by clicking on the small “E” or “D” next to your name within the time slot.

Although you may reserve up to 4 different pieces of equipment, we request that reservations be kept to a minimum in order to allow as many individuals access to the equipment as possible. Out of respect for others, please delete your reservations as soon as you know that you will not need them.

Staff or vendor representatives will be available to guide interested individuals in performing any technique that is applicable to the available equipment and samples. The types of instruments that are installed can vary from year to year. The symposium topic can influence what vendors choose to bring.

Of course you are welcome to bring any BSL1 sample with you that would suit your application of interest! The samples provided at this year's workshop will be appropriate for traditional confocal or super resolution, but these preparations are not appropriate for FRET or time resolved imaging. Thick fixed specimens will be available at the LaVision BioTec two-photon LSM. Prepared samples will be available at the transmission EM microscope as well. If you would like to bring your own samples, please note that sample preparation for TEM requires several days of processing. Please see the section on "Can I really bring my own samples?" for a discussion of sample preparation. 

Post acquisition image analysis is also available during software "walk-in clinics" to try out analysis of either your own data or exemplary data sets that they can provide to demonstrate 3D visualization, cell tracking and tomographic analyses. The 2016 vendor participation is not yet finalized.

Yes, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you bring your own samples! You can bring fixed or living specimens, but these must be limited to BLS1 samples. BLS2 samples are not permitted. If you need a sample dish to be held at 37 C, 5% CO2 in a nearby lab please write to one of the organizers. Please note that there will not be an incubator in the rooms housing the microscopes.

EM samples: While EM imaging can be performed with samples we have prepared that will be provided on site, if you are interested in imaging your OWN samples, they must be prepared prior to the workshop. Most EM sample preparation requires several days of processing, and hence cannot be completed from beginning to end while at the workshop. Preparation for TEM is more complex as it requires fixation followed by treatment with hazardous chemicals over the course of several days. For those investigators at Yale, fixative solutions can be obtained from the Yale EM facility staff that will allow you to fix your samples as described in these protocols for tissues or cultured cells. The EM facility has generously offered to complete the labeling process for you, as they cannot provide the hazardous chemicals required for the remaining steps BUT preparations for this must be arranged in advance. Last minute requests may not be possible.  Please contact Xinran Liu ( with any further questions about EM sample preparation.

Super Resolution samples: The STED super resolution microscope available for use during the workshop has restrictions in the fluorophores that can be used. Attendees are strongly advised to follow manufacturer protocols for sample preparation. A protocol can be downloaded from the link below.

Leica STED

No, but there are typically over 15 vending carts on the street within one block of the workshop that offer a wide variety of American and ethnic foods, including Thai, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Mexican and of course Chinese. It is such a diverse collection of cuisines that it was even written up in the New Times food section. We will give you coffee and pastries though!

Visit the following website for the location of the TAC building and suggested parking within the medical campus: 

In addition to street parking, there are two parking lots nearby shown on this map.

Howard Ave Garage, at the corner of Howard and Congress Ave

The Air Rights Garage, at the corner of York and Frontage

Any equipment installed by vendors will be located within contiguous teaching labs within the North TAC building on the 2nd floor. We take advantage of the existence of some specialized facilities on campus as well, for example the EM facility, a super-resolution microscope and an intravital imaging facility that contains a two-photon laser scanning microscope. These are located in adjacent buildings that are easily found by following prominent signs, but of course staff at the registration table will be happy to give you directions.