Microscopy and Advanced Bioimaging Core

The Microscopy and Advanced Bioimaging CoRE is a shared resource facility providing access to state-of-the-art imaging equipment and analysis tools. Open to both internal and external users, it is accessible seven days a week. It houses widefield, laser scanning confocal, spinning disk confocal, multi-photon, light-sheet, and super-resolution microscopes, along with two transmission electron microscopes and a high content screener. The CoRE also houses a high-end centralized workstation for image processing, high-performance Computing (HPC) (ex: Deep Learning), and big-data storage and provides access to several commercial software programs for image analysis and data quantification.  Services offered include consultations for sample preparation, training on the microscopes, providing full imaging support, and assistance with analysis strategies. CoRE scientists can also collaborate with investigators to develop novel imaging methods and analysis approaches. The facility also provides a full service for Transmission Electron Microscopy:  tissue/cell processing, image acquisition training or assistance, and image analysis support. The Microscopy Core is an established Leica Center of Excellence, a collaboration between Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Leica Microsystems.  

Meet the Team

Deanna L. Benson, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience

Nikos Tzavaras, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
CoRE Operations Manager, Microscopy and Advanced Bioimaging CoRE

Katarzyna Cialowicz, PhD
Senior Scientist
Tel: 212-241-0400

William Janssen
Senior Scientist


Javier Bravo-Cordero, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology

Shilpa Dilip Kumar, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Microscopy and Advanced Bioimaging CoRE

Arun Narasimhan, PhD
Senior Core Scientist

Glenn Doherty
Senior Core Research Associate

Allison Sowa
Senior Core Research Associate


Icahn School of Medicine and Leica Microsystems, Inc. have partnered to establish a Leica Center of Excellence at the Microscopy and Advanced Bioimaging Core. The Center of Excellence features cutting-edge super-resolution, confocal and widefield microscopy technology such as Leica SP8 STED, allowing researchers to capture images and video of the cellular and molecular processes of life. The new Center will support a mission to drive new discoveries and insights from scientific research performed using state-of-the-art imaging systems.

The latest additions to the state-of-the-art microscopes at the Microscopy and Advanced Bioimaging Core is the Leica Stellaris 8 confocal microscope and Zeiss LSM 980 confocal microscope with Airyscan2.

Microscopy Core has a new Twitter page! Find us on Twitter @ISMMSscopes and remember to tag us #ISMMSscopes.