Visualization & Imaging Center
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant at Gustavus Adolphus College
The HHMI grant helped to fund the Visualization and Imaging Center located in the Gustavus Alfred Nobel Hall of Science. Gustavus helped match funding to complete this project. The Center is a three room facility that offers a range of capabilities. One room contains a Zeiss LSM 700 laser scanning confocal microscope, built using an inverted Zeiss Axio Observer stand augmented with a fully motorized stage and a second detector, a high-resolution CCD camera. This microscope allows scientists to create clean three-dimensional images of a sample through a controllable focal plane and elimination of out-of-focus glare. The Center also has a fluorescence imaging room with a HORIBA Fluoromax-4 fluorescence spectrometer equipped with integrated cuvette stirring, brackets for supplemental filters, programmable temperature control, and rotatable filters for polarized light (i.e. to detect anisotropy). An accompanying computer suite contains six dual-monitor workstations with imaging and molecular modeling software, including two with stereographic viewing capability, plus both stereographic and high-definition image projection systems. These spaces are used for faculty-student collaborative research and for instructional purposes. The Center was equipped in part due to generous support from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute science education grant. Questions about the facility and reservation requests can be directed to Jeff Dahlseid. The reservation calendar for the Center can be accessed by those with a Gustavus network username using the link below.
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"The confocal provides Gustavus students and faculty with a state-of-the-art resource for study and research at the cellular and molecular level."
—Jeff Dahlseid, Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry