Electron Microscopy Center

The Electron Microscopy Center (EMC), located in room L.118 on the lower level of the Basic Sciences Building, serves the diverse research interests of our students and faculty at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  We provide instruction and support for all members of our academic community and offer services for industry and other institutions. The expertise and instrumentation is available to process a variety of biological specimens from the initial preparations through imaging. Please contact the Director to initiate a new project and to discuss technical approaches and feasibility.

Equipment and Facilities

JEOL JEM-1230, 120kV Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), with high-resolution CCD camera, digital image acquisition hardware and software, motorized goniometer & position memory functions, and Lab6 (long-life) filament.

Other ancillary equipment to support and facilitate specimen preparation includes: two Leica ultramicrotomes for thin-sectioning of specimens, a Leica rotary microtome for accommodating larger plastic embedded specimens (such as JB4 resin) for high-resolution optical microscopy, a Vibratome microtome for pre-slicing of whole specimens (such as brain), and a Biowave high-tech microwave oven. An on-site image analysis area includes: a Nikon Eclipse light microscope with a Nikon DS digital camera system, and a centrally located, recently updated PC workstation loaded with StereoInvestigator and various other software, connected to a high-resolution film scanner, and printers. A photo-darkroom is also available on-site for film processing.

Contact Information

Director: Barbara Vertel, Ph.D.                                                                            
Tel: (847) 578-3443 

Hours of Operation:  Monday thru Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm