Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Cell & Molecular Biology

Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center

At the heart of our research is cell imaging. Our use of state-of-the-art imaging instruments enable our study of biological processes at the whole animal, tissue, cellular, and subcellular levels.

Our facility's services include electron microscopy as well as light microscopy and both fluorescent and bioluminescent animal imaging. Our electron microscopy services include full service sample processing and imaging for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as well as platinum replica electron microscopy, immunogold labeling and 3D tomography. Our light microscopy includes widefield fluorescence, spectral unmixing, confocal, super resolution (SIM and STORM), laser microdissection, multiphoton, and high content tissue cytometry. We also have an instrument set up for microinjection as well as live cell imaging chambers. We have several software packages for computerized image analysis, and digital image manipulation. Users have access to the state-of-the-art microscopes housed in the Nikon Imaging Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, one of nine Nikon Imaging Centers in the world.

Learn more about the center’s equipment and information on getting facility access via the website.


The Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center are located on the second floor of the Morton and Searle buildings.  See detailed location information.

Joshua Rappoport, PhD
Morton 2-633
P: 312-503-4140

Constadina (Dina) Arvanitis, PhD
Manager of the Nikon Imaging Center
Morton 2-681
P: 312-503-7139

David Kirchenbuchler, PhD
Data Analysis Specialist
Morton 2-683

Farida Korobova, PhD
Electron Microscopy Specialist
Morton 2-683
P: 312-503-3429

Wilson (Wensheng) Liu, MD
Senior Microscopist
Morton 2-683
P: 312-503-1577

Mr. Lennell Reynolds, Jr.
Electron Microscopist
Morton 2-672
P: 312-503-4445

2017 Gold Star Award

The Center for Advanced Microscopy and Nikon Imaging Center (CAM-NIC) is a recipient of the Office for Research Gold Star Award! CAM-NIC will be honored at the Core Facilities Colloquium and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

The award is bestowed on facilities that have placed in the top 10% of Shared and Core Facilities four or more times.

The Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) and Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE) are also recipients of the 2017 Gold Star Award.

Featured Images

We capture extraordinary images in the course of our work. Our featured images come from recent Department work. See larger versions and learn about the images and related research by selecting the images below.