Services and Rates

Services

The BioEM Facility core lab supports UC Campus and Industry researchers with their ultrastructural investigations using

  • transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • single particle EM
  • tomography at molecular level

We are a full service laboratory providing preparation from conception to data collection.

  • Consultation
  • TEM grid preparation (carbon coating etc.)
  • Negative staining
  • Sample preparation, embedding, sectioning, section staining
  • Critical point drying and sputter coating
  • Immuno processing and labeling (we keep a supply of some gold conjugated antibodies)
  • Instrument training
  • Documentation of ultrastructure
  • Preparation of cryo-grids
  • Sample screening
  • High quality cryo-EM data collection with DE-20 camera
  • Image analysis

Users of the BioEM facility can opt for full technical services in EM so that they are provided with whatever micrographs are needed for their specimen or users can work independently on the microscopes following appropriate training by the BioEM Facility staff.

Rates

New rates are being reviewed by campus.

Rates for UC customers (as of 12/1/06)  Rates for all off-campus customers (as of 12/1/06) 
Service Charge Service Charge
Tupper Hall Technical time / hour $46.00 Tupper Hall Technical time / hour $90.00
Tupper Hall Electron Microscope use/hour $50.00 Tupper Hall Electron Microscope use/hour $131.00
Tupper Hall Assisted Microscope use/hour $96.00 Tupper Hall Assisted Microscope use/hour $221.00
Briggs Hall Electron Microscope use/hour $44.00
Critical Point Drier / use $27.00 Critical Point Drier / use $52.00
Sputter Coater / use $8.00 Sputter Coater / use $22.00
T.E.M./SEM preparation / 2 samples $86.00 T.E.M./SEM preparation / 2 samples $168.00
Thick sectioning / block $26.00 Thick sectioning / block $50.00
Thin sectioning / block $41.00 Thin sectioning / block $79.00
Ultra-microtome use / hour $2.00 Ultra-microtome use / hour $6.00
Microwave / use $2.00 Microwave / use $5.00
Knife-maker use / hour $10.00 Knife-maker use / hour $26.00
Digital equipment use / hour $25.00 Digital equipment use / hour $66.00
Estimate for sample prep. and micrographs = $300.00 Estimate for sample prep. and micrographs = $600.00

Technicians are available for any technical services, training, or consultation. Arrangements for technician services should be made in advance. We are always willing to discuss the feasibility of projects.  The first 0 .5 hour is free of charge.  We also provide cost estimates without obligation.  The ultimate billing of the work will be based upon total technical and instrumentation time utilized

Small amounts of consumable supplies (digital media, specimen stubs, fixatives, embedding media, etc.) for microscopy may be obtained from our lab and will be billed at our cost (including tax, shipping, and overhead).

Instrumentation is available for individual use after training has been provided by our staff.