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

  • Has an appointment in the Genetics, Neurobiology or MBIB Dept
  • Has a grant administered through HMS
  • Is a member of the Laboratory for Systems Pharmacology

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

LEVEL 3

If your PI is

then

  • We can only offer you access to scopes with sufficient capacity; submit a request for training and we’ll let you know if we can help
  • Your hourly fees are $200 for all scopes, plus a $200-$500 training fee
  • Check out the Harvard Catalyst website to find other core facilities

Others: We don’t have enough capacity to offer access to 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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