Supported by CCR Office of Science and Technology Resources (OSTR)

NCI Optical Microscopy

The NCI Optical Microscopy labs advance cancer research through optical measurements and analysis

NCI Optical Microscopy Core Labs

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

Advanced Microscopy Techniques

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

Microscopy Interest Group

Learn about cutting-edge research in light fluorescence microscopy and about available resources, both extramural and intramural.


About CCR

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.

Optical Microscopy

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

Experimental Immunology Branch

Building 10, Room 4A05
10 Center Drive 
Bethesda, MD 20892

Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology

Building 37, Room 2066
37 Convent Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics CCR Confocal Microscopy Core

Building 37, Room B114E
37 Convent Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics Microscopy Core

Building 37, Room 1066
37 Convent Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression

Building 41, Room C615
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Optical Microscopy and Analysis Laboratory

Frederick National Laboratories
Building 560
1050 Boyels Street
Frederick MD 21702