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Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to access our facility (Contact MicRoNRequest Access).



The MicRoN core is open to HMS Quad Faculty and Affiliated Hospitals. Priority is given to the departments of Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology and their affiliated faculty as well as GPiB trainees. We now offer access to microscopes with sufficient capacity to external/commercial users. 



The MicRoN core functions as a service center and the rates are calculated based on the cost of maintenance of the microscopes. The rates for FY’22 are the following:

  • Training Fee: One time fee of $150 per person and per microscope + hourly rate of the microscope.
  • Widefield and TIRF Microscopes: $20 per hour
  • Spinning Disk, Single point scanning confocal and multiphoton: $28.5 per hour
  • Timelapse after hour widefield: $10 per hour
  • Timelapse after hour confocal/multiphoton: $15 per hour

Affiliated users: Additional $7/hour F&A 

For commercial users: 

  • Training fee: $500
  • Widefield: $40/hour or $80/h (run by staff)
  • Confocal: $75/hour or $130/h (run by staff)

Cancellation Policies: You must cancel your session as soon as you know you don't need it. Cancelling less than 24h in advance results in 50% charge, unless the session is booked by another user, in which case you will not be charged. No-show sessions result in FULL charge.

How does our training process work?



First Time


We want to meet you and discuss your experiment! We can help you figure out which microscope is right for you.

Once you are ready to go (e.g. you have your sample), the MicRoN staff will train you in the microscope of choice.

After the hands on training, you will have an assisted session to help you gain the confidence and independence to use the scope on your own.

Congratulations, you became an independent user! We encourage you to contact us if you have questions, need help during your session or you would like help optimizing acquisition.

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