Department of Medicine

Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy

Usage Policy

"It is the objective of the ICBM Center to provide Indiana University researchers with an efficient state-of-the-art microscopy facility We emphasize hands-on access to the instruments for individual investigators and unparalleled assistance from on-staff imaging experts."

How to use the Center

The Center is organized around the principle of providing researchers with access to and training on the latest instruments in optical microscopy and unparalleled service. If you are planning to use the Center for Biological Microscopy in your research, please contact us for input on experimental design, letters of support, consultation or collaboration and descriptions of equipment. We have an extraordinary imaging Center with capabilities that can enhance your chances of successful funding. We can help you include this aspect of your research into your grant application.

The Center is available to anyone at Indiana University after providing the Center with some basic information. To start, login to our reservation system, click on "If you are not yet a registered user for LoCal, please click here.", enter the requested information and click "Submit". Then contact Gosia Kamocka to schedule a training session. The Center is open and microscope systems are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm excluding University Holidays and dates when the Division of Nephrology is closed.


Access to a Center system is provided only to individuals who have been individually trained to use that system.  Training typically requires 3 hours, and includes hands-on experience. Although most of the training is done on standard slides, researchers are strongly encourage to bring their own samples.

System Sign-Up

In order to accommodate demand and to ensure that each system is properly configured for each user, users are required to sign up in advance to use the various systems via our reservation system.  Due to the ongoing support provided to the Center by the Division of Nephrology, members of the division are given first priority to the schedule (2 weeks in advance).  Investigators outside the division are provided access to the calendar up to one week prior to a particular date.  Special arrangements can be made for experiments that must be scheduled further in advance, such as with living tissues and cells. In such cases contact Gosia Kamocka.

Equipment fees for Fiscal Year 2021-2022

  • Internal Academic - Any IU affiliated individual/group on an IU campus
  • External Academic - Any academic individual/group not part of IU
  • Commercial - All commercial entities

Current ICBM fees

Service/Equipment Internal Academic External Academic Commercial
Spot Camera systems $25/hr $55/hr $100/hr
Public Workstations $25/hr $55/hr $100/hr
Leica SP8 $60/hr $112/hr $225/hr
Olympus Fluoview 1000 MPE $60/hr $112/hr $225/hr
Olympus Fluoview FV1000 $60/hr $112/hr $225/hr
Spinning Disk $60/hr $112/hr $225/hr
Open SPIM $60/hr $112/hr $225/hr
technical assistance $60/hr + system rate $60/hr + system rate $60/hr + system rate
training $60/hr + system rate $60/hr + system rate $60/hr + system rate

Users will be billed by the hours they have reserved in the reservation system. Once signed, users are financially responsible for the assigned time and may cancel their reservation up to  the last 48 hours before the scheduled time. After this time, users are released from their financial obligation only if they can find a replacement user. This can be done by successfully selling the reservation using the “Sell” option in the ICBM scheduling software.

The Center's microscopes are available for after-hours imaging for users whose experimental design requires long-term imaging. The microscopes are available from 7 pm to 7 am upon special approval.

Unattended Long Term 1 (Spot Camera Systems), 7+ hours between 5pm and 7am (Monday - Friday)   $175
Unattended Long Term 2 (Spot Camera Systems), 7+ hours between 5pm Friday and 7am Monday (ie 26 hours = 2 segments) Per 24 hours segment $175
Unattended Long Term 3 (confocal and 2-photon microscopes), 7+ hours between 5pm and 7am (Monday - Friday)   $400
Unattended Long Term 4 (confocal and 2-photon microscopes), 7+ hours between 5pm Friday and 7am Monday (ie 26 hours = 2 segments) Per 24 hours segment $400
Responsibilities of All Users of the Center
  • Keep excess oil off of the objectives and stage.
  • Keep the microscope areas clean and for remove all belongings after each session.
  • Promptly report any observed problems with system performance should be reported to Center Staff.

If you have an issue with a system during your session, please notify Gosia via email ( within 48 hours after the completion of your reservation. Without this notice, the billing system assumes that everything worked correctly and you will be charged for your reservation

Data Management

The Center is not responsible for the long-term storage and management of users' image data.  Image files must be removed from the microscope computer systems at the end of each session.  Instructions are provided that explain how data can be transferred to the user’s own laboratory computer or to the Center server, where data may be stored for up to one week (after which time data may be deleted).  Data stored on the server may either be transferred to the user’s laboratory computer via Ethernet, stored to CD/DVD or copied to a USB drive.

Acknowledgment of the Center

As we use the quantity of publications and grant applications involving the Center to illustrate our productivity in various applications for funding, we ask that users notify us when publishing data collected in the Center.  Furthermore, please include an acknowledgment of "The Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy" for published data obtained using Center equipment.


Users are encouraged to email  any of the Center personnel with questions, suggestions, complaints and jokes. The topics of these correspondences will be discussed in biweekly meetings of the Center staff. Center news, such as new equipment and personnel, significant changes or problems with equipment and observed egregious breaches in user decorum will be posted on the Center website and emailed to the entire group of Center users.