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NCI Optical Microscopy Labs

Each NCI Optical Microscopy Lab offers unique microscopy expertise and experience.

NCI Optical Microscopy Labs

Microscopy Techniques

Learn about the different optical microscopy techniques available within the NCI Optical Microscopy cores and facilities.

Microscopy Techniques

Microscopy Image Gallery

NCI Optical Microscopy produces exceptional imagery. Browse the image gallery to see more.

Image Gallery


  • About CCR
  • Optical Microscopy

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to approximately 250 Principal Investigators and Senior Investigators, of which one third are located in Frederick. CCR is organized into over 50 branches and laboratories, each one grouping scientists with complementary interests. CCR's investigators are basic, clinical, and translational scientists who work together to advance our knowledge of cancer and AIDS and to develop new therapies against these diseases. CCR investigators collaborate with scientists at the more than 20 other Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as with extramural scientists in academia and industry.

The optical microscope, often referred to as the "light microscope", is a type of microscope which uses visible light and a system of lenses to magnify images of small samples.  The image from an optical microscope can be captured by normal light-sensitive cameras to generate a micrograph.


Quick Facts

  • NCI Optical Microscopy labs utilize basic and advanced microscopy techniques
  • Five different laboratory sites are available in Bethesda and three in Frederick
  • Please visit each laboratory for contact information
  • Scheduling time on instruments is on a per core/per instrument basis

Representative Images From the Cores

Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression

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Optical Microscopy and Analysis Laboratory

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Laboratory of Genitourinary Cancer Pathogenesis

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Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology

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Experimental Immunology Branch

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