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Optical Imaging Core

The Optical Imaging Core (OIC) at the University of Idaho is a fee-for-service facility managed by the Department of Biological Sciences and available for on-campus and off-campus researchers.  The OIC is dedicated to creating opportunities for high-resolution imaging and high-throughput characterization of biological processes.  The OIC consolidates two confocal microscopes, an analytical flow cytometer and analysis software programs into one shared resource facility available for all UI research.  An experienced microscopist, Dr. Onesmo Balemba, provides expertise in experimental design, image capture, cytometric acquisition and data analysis.  With this infrastructure and staffing, the OIC is able to support a diverse range of research projects.

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The Olympus Microscope

Core Facility Infrastructure

The Optical Imaging Core has instruments for imaging biological samples such as individual cells, biofilms, tissue samples and small organisms in live and fixed conditions.  There are 4 microscopes available which provide stereoscopic, histological, epifluorescent, confocal and multiphoton imaging.  A flow cytometer is available for high-throughput counting and characterization of disassociated cell populations.  Separate computer stations are available for data analysis.  A small refrigerator, biosafety hood, fume hood and small incubator are also located in the laboratory.


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: 208-885-6280

Fax: 208-885-7905


Web: Department of Biological Sciences