Access

LEVEL 1

If your PI is

then

  • Your department subsidizes your hourly fees, so you pay only a $200-$500 training fee for each scope
  • You get 24/7 access to the scopes you’ve been trained to use

LEVEL 2

If your PI is

  • Is a HMS faculty member in the Genetics, Neurobiology or MBIB Dept
  • And has a grant administered through HMS and can provide a 33-digit billing code

then

  • Your hourly fees are $50 for widefield, $80 for confocal & $65 for TIRF
  • You’re charged a $200-$500 training fee for each scope
  • You get 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri access to the scopes you’ve been trained to use

Others: We don’t have enough capacity to offer access to the HMS affiliated institutions, or anyone outside of Harvard. You can find other options on the Harvard Catalyst website.

Microscope training procedure

1. CONSULTATION

The first step is a in-person consultation with the NIC director to determine the most appropriate microscope for your needs and to discuss experimental strategies

2. TRAINING

When your sample is ready, you will receive hands on training at the microscope with a member of the NIC

3. FIRST GO

The first time you use the microscope on your own, we will make sure someone is available to assist you should you need help

4. INDEPENDENCE

Once you have comfortably used the scope on your own, you will be given card access to the NIC and online booking privileges

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