Electron Microscopy Core Facility

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To all EMCF users:


During this period of university closure, the Electron Microscopy Core Facility will remain open to process and image research samples on an “as needed” basis. This means that staff will not be present if not actively working on a project, and we will limit staffing in order to minimize the number of people present in the lab. If you have samples that need processing and imaging, you must contact Nick Conoan or Tom Bargar by phone or by email in order to schedule a time to drop off your samples. Samples are not to be handed off in person, but placed in the sample drop off box that we have set up outside the lab. Absolutely DO NOT bring us samples if you or anyone else in your lab feel ill. Imaging will be performed alone by Tom or Nick, and users must coordinate with them to describe how many images are needed, at what magnifications, and what areas are of interest to the study. Images will then be uploaded and shared on Box. Users that are trained to operate the microscopes independently will still be allowed to come in and collect data if they have been previously cleared for 24/7 access; however, they must contact either Tom or Nick and schedule an appointment so that the instruments can be properly disinfected between users. Again, DO NOT enter the lab if you are feeling at all ill. If you have any questions regarding these updated procedures, please feel free to contact us during normal business hours. Contact numbers are listed below:


Tom Bargar: 402-525-6874

Nick Conoan: 402-708-6855


Thank you,

EMCF staff


The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Electron Microscopy Core Facility (EMCF) provides instrumentation and technical assistance to research programs utilizing Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).  The EMCF is available to all University of Nebraska personnel, as well as outside institutions and industrial users. The Director and two full-time Electron Microscopy Specialists are available for consultation and service.  The facility is supported, in part, by user fees to cover supplies, instrument time and the EM Specialists' time to carry out any part of a project.


Any interested groups or individuals in the Omaha area may schedule a tour of the Electron Microscopy Core Facility by contacting the EMCF staff. 

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