Molecular and Cellular Imaging Facility

General Information


The Facility is open but due to the still lingering COVID-19 pandemic, we are running at limited capacity. It is our priority to keep everyone safe while at the same time enabling you to continue your research - therefore, we have made substantial adjustments to our operational procedures. The documents below summarize our current user guidelines and safety measures.

MCIF Re-opening Guidelines

Safety Measures


The Molecular and Cellular Imaging Facility is part of the University of Guelph Advanced Analysis Centre (AAC), which provides access (direct or indirect) to highly specialized, state-of-the-art equipment.  NMR, Mass Spectrometry, Genomics, and Phytotron are the other facilites within the AAC.

The Advanced Light Microscopy Unit provides microscopy services for internal and external users.  Specifically, the facility houses three confocal microscope systems: two Laser Scanning Microscopes (Leica TCS SP5 and Leica TCS SP2) and a Spinning Disk Microscope (Quorum Diskovery) with Super-resolution capability.  Additionally, two advanced light microscopes are available for high resolution or high speed and deconvolution imaging (Nikon Eclipse Ti2, Leica DM5000B) and a Zeiss Axiozoom V.16 stereoscope.

The Electron Microscopy (EM) unit (formerly the Guelph Regional Integrated Imaging Facility [GRIIF]) is open on a cost recovery basis to both Canadian and foreign researchers.  The EM Unit consists of two electron microscopes (TEMs), an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) and an array of ancillary preparatory equipment.  Each of the TEMs fills a unique niche in the facility; specific details on each of these instruments are provided below.

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