Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility

The Hooker Microscopy Facility is located in the UNC School of Medicine


At the University of North Carolina

The Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility shut down on July 31 under instructions from iBGS and the Office of Research I believe current users will be able to carry on imaging at the current location.  It is suggested that you use your existing  MHmicroscopy credentials for logging onto workstations and booking. SOM Access cards already authorized for MHMF rooms will continue to provide entry into the facility.  Questions and problems should be addressed to Cell Biology & Physiology.

The Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility is a research microscopy facility located in the Thurston Bowles building at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The facility provides standard and advanced digital light microscopy and image processing resources to users from the UNC Chapel Hill campus on a fee for use basis.  Instrumentation, software and instruction are provided to enable users to acquire, process and analyze images from samples they have prepared, or we can acquire data with you.


Information for new and current users - New users are not being accepted

What's New / Changed
What's Down / Scheduled Maintenance - details
  • Aug 16, Saturday - Power outage is scheduled for 8 AM to 12 Noon.  Webserver and the file and Volocity server should continue to run during this period since emergency power is not scheduled to be turned off.  Workstations and microscopes will not be usable when the power is out. 
Selective Plane Imaging Microscopy
Drosophila Embryo - Maximum projection of 215 sections
acquired in using selective plane imaging microscopy (SPIM).  Sample provided by R. Duronio Laboratory.
Mouse head CT scan - maximum projection render made with Volocity (Click image for 50 um/voxel view). Note the occlusion artifacts due to max. projection.
Up coming courses/seminars concerning microscopy and imaging


  • Thurston Bowles building room 6129, 6033a, 6033 & 6123
Contacting MHMF director
  • Michael 919-843-3268  or text  919-912-9380
Booking Time on a Resource   [frames]


Widefield Microscopes
Confocal Microscopes
Computing & Image Processing
Sample preparation, cover slips, test samples, chambers, calibration, slides, clearing agents, etc. 
Fluorophore references (3rd party information)  Spectra
Books and articles on microscopy and imaging

 Director / Webmaster Michael 

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