CCR Microscopy Core

Software & Techniques
Scheduling & Training
Image Analysis

Welcome to the CCR Microscopy Core Facility! Building 37, Room B114, Bethesda, MD

Operating Status – Open (with some restrictions)

Covid-19 Safety and Updated Microscopy Core Operating Guidelines

  1. If you are experiencing or showing any potential Covid-19 symptoms please do not use the facility.
  2. Masks are optional for users and staff when NIH Main Campus workplace community level is LOW or MEDIUM and required when HIGH. Gloves are optional.
  3. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entryways/exits of the microscopy lab.
  4. Microscopy core staff will continue to disinfect the microscope surfaces with alcohol wipes before each user.
  5. Adhere to ​signs stating that this is a shared user facility, and that commonly touched surfaces are a possible Covid-19 transmission danger.
  6. A short refractory period of 15 minutes between microscope appointments will remain to allow for exchange of microscope room air.​
  7. Used PPE (i.e., used gloves and masks) should be disposed of in provided trash containers in the hallways outside of the individual microscope rooms.
  8. Two sessions per day will be available for each microscope (9am-12:30pm and 1pm-5pm). Overnight imaging reservations are available with advanced notification.​ Once the microscopy core is fully staffed (staff returning from full time teleworking) the reservation calendar will be less restricted.

Reserving a Microscope

Use this link to access the BookIt software. Click on the NIH Login to sign in using your NIH PIV ID card


Mission and Goals

The mission of the CCR Microscopy Core Facility is to support the microscopy and digital imaging needs of investigators studying the biological structures and cellular processes involved in the cell biology of cancer by applying our diverse imaging resources, expertise, and quality customer service. The goal is to provide cutting-edge imaging technology, expert consultation and training, image analysis, and data management for investigators to advance their cancer research.


The Core places an emphasis on training users to be independent but the staff is available to help in all phases of the experiment. The Core provides expertise in confocal, two-photon, super-resolution Airyscan and Structured Illumination (SIM), and Lightsheet imaging applications that are available to all CCR investigators free of charge. We provide consultation in sample preparation and experimental design, and train users on the efficient and appropriate use of advanced microscopy imaging methods, image data processing, and comprehensive image analysis.

Our Team

CCR Microscopy Core

Michael Kruhlak, Ph.D.

Facility Head


Building 37, Room B114E

Staff Biography

Langston Lim, M.S., M.B.A.



Building 37, Room B114D

Staff Biography

Andy Tran, Ph.D.



Building 37, Room B114F

Staff Biography

CCR Microscopy Core


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