Rates and Policies

Below are the services we offer along with corresponding rates.




Price Per Hour*

Wide Field

Zeiss Axioimager Z2



Zeiss AxioImager Z2M



Leica DMi8



Olympus Stereoscope MVX10



Zeiss AxioPlan2





Leica SP8- Icahn



Leica SP5 DMI



Zeiss LSM 780



Yokogawa Spinning Disk





Olympus FV1000



Olympus FVMPE-RS 




Super Resolution

Leica SP8 STED



Zeiss LSM 880 - Airyscan




High-Content Screening

Thermo CX7 LZR 



Light Sheet

Lavision Ultramicroscope II




Image Analysis




4D Analysis



High Content Analysis



2D-3D Analysis




Service and Maintenance of PI-owned Microscopes 










Staff Assistance^

per hour


*Reduced Rates: 

Time lapse imaging: Fifty percent hourly rates after three hours of continuous use on live imaging systems. Contact staff for day       rates available for very long experiments.

Off-hours: Fifty percent hourly rates for all use weekdays between 7 pm and 7 am and on weekends.

Time lapse and off-hour discounts cannot be combined. 

^See also "Collaborative Agreements": projects requiring extensive input or involving the development of novel strategies are eligible for project rates.

External Users: Rates are twice the internal rates and time on instruments is restricted to Monday – Friday 9 am – 7 pm.

Required Acknowledgements

Microscopy CoRE users who publish data either acquired or analyzed using facility equipment or services must include a facility acknowledgment in the publication. Please notify the CoRE when papers are accepted for publication as we are required by the National Institutes of Health to report this information. See text below for acknowledgements required for specific instruments.

This research was supported in part by the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai P30 CA196521 – Cancer Center Support Grant

Multiphoton microscopy was performed in the Microscopy CoRE at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, supported with funding from NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (1S10RR026639).

Spinning disk confocal microscopy was performed in the Microscopy CoRE at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, supported with funding from NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (1S10RR024745).

Confocal and/or stimulated emission-depletion microscopy was performed in the Microscopy CoRE at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, supported with funding from NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (FAIN: S10OD021838).

Microscopy and/or image analysis was performed at the Microscopy CoRE at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The CoRE can be considered an extension of the lab and as with any project, significant contributions by Microscopy CoRE staff should be considered appropriate for co-authorship. Contributions that do not warrant authorship should also be acknowledged.

Significant research efforts by CoRE staff will be considered for co-authorship on a case-by-case basis.


All users of the Microscopy CoRE must adhere to the following policies.


  • All users are trained by qualified facility staff.
  • Users are not permitted to train other users.
  • Trainings are performed one per user per platform free of charge. For specialized applications (Live-Cell, tiling, Airyscan etc.) further training will be provided free of charge during a user’s booked session.
  • Refresher trainings will be offered as a current-rate assisted session. Users are highly encouraged to schedule their training close to the date they expect to start using the equipment for data generation.
  • Following a training session users will be put on a two-week probationary period, during which they are permitted to use the microscopes on regular business hours (9am-5pm, M-F). During the probation period CoRE personnel will evaluate their mastery of the instrument(s) and policies. If deemed necessary, CoRE personnel may arrange further assisted session(s) at current rates, until the user can demonstrate proficiency.

Making Reservations

  • Reservations are made on a web-based calendar.
  • Users are each assigned a unique username and password for logging into facility workstations. Users are not permitted to share user accounts.
  • Once a user has completed training, the facility is accessible 24/7.

Cancellations, no-shows, extensions

  • There are no penalties for cancellations 24 hours in advance of the reservation.
  • Edits to the reservation are allowed up to 12 hours before the reservation. If you want to cancel within 12 hours, please contact CoRE personnel.
  • Users will be charged for any unused microscope time for appointments cancelled within 12 hours of the reservation.
  • No-shows and unused time will be charged as regular sessions. In the case of a no-show training, the session might be charged at current rates at CoRE personnel’s discretion.
  • Ongoing sessions can be extended only if the system is not booked following the session.
  • Users are required to log-off after their allotted time, especially if the system is booked following their session. If a conflict occurs, current-time reservations take precedence and any ongoing experiments will be terminated to adhere to scheduled time.

Safety and Compliance

Note: All relevant compliance documents are required to obtain access to the systems.

  • All confocal and multiphoton users are required to pass the online Laser Safety Training <link to Laser Safety Training Instructions pdf attached to ticket> course prior to training and must have a certificate of completion on file with the Microscopy CoRE.
  • Users with BSL2 or BSL2+ specimens must have an approved standard operating procedure (SOP) signed by the Biosafety Officer on file with the Microscopy CoRE prior to bringing samples to the facility.
  • All live animal imaging requires IACUC approval prior to using the facility. A signed approval must be on file with the Microscopy CoRE.
  • No gloves are allowed when handling any microscope system or workstation.

Data Storage

All data should be saved on our local server and not the microscope workstations. Users are responsible for the immediate collection and backup of their data. The Microscopy CoRE does not provide archival or storage services for data and computers are purged monthly. Any data that are not stored on the server are subject to automatic deletion without notice. A free workstation is provided for data retrieval.

Equipment Failure or Damage

You must report any equipment failure or damage immediately to CoRE personnel.  Do not hold back on reporting damage, as it causes delays for every user of the instrument. In the case of unreported damage, the last user on the instrument logs will be held responsible.

External Consultants

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai adheres to strict policies with respect to outside consultants. All consultants working within the ISMMS can only do so with approval by the Department of Human Resources. Approved consultants do not have access to equipment and systems within ISMMS, which are provided expressly for the use of ISMMS researchers. However, outside consultants who provide services or expertise not available within the COREs can under certain circumstances obtain approval to use equipment or services within the Dean’s CoREs. This requires a written agreement and the written approval of the CoRE’s Director. Consultants providing services that overlap with those already provided by the CoRE will not be approved. All approved use by consultants is limited to the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, M – F and will be charged at rates equal to use by researchers outside of ISMMS.