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Microscopy Innovation

Microscopy can reveal the structure and function of the brain in exquisite detail at the level of synapses, neurons, and circuits. These tools are the bedrock of molecular and cellular approaches to neuroscience. Yet, when new technologies that promise considerable advances are developed by engineers and physicists, it can take years for them to get commercialized and disseminated to neuroscientists.

The Wu Tsai Institute’s microscopy facilities, operated by the Center for Neurodevelopment and Plasticity, aims to close this loop, staging brand-new imaging technologies for exploration, use, and refinement by researchers, before they are widely adopted or even available anywhere else.

Close-up view of a high-powered microscope.

The Plexus + NeuroLux

The Plexus is a shared facility for microscopy innovation located on the tenth floor of 100 College Street. Working closely with researchers in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, this facility promotes and benefits from multidisciplinary collaboration, including between optical physics, probe development, and machine learning. The result will be new instruments and approaches that can be deployed immediately in neuroscience research, to enable discovery and to return feedback about further technological improvements and needs. Faculty, postdocs, and students will participate throughout this process, learning to operate powerful new tools in their research. 

NeuroLux is a microscopy core facility located in Sterling Hall of Medicine. More details are coming soon.