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Cell Imaging Center


The Cell Imaging Center (CIC) is a multi-user facility housed in purpose-built imaging suites in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) and in the Bossone Research Center. The CIC serves the light microscopy needs of Drexel researchers from a variety of academic colleges and departments including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the School of Biomedical Engineering, and the College of Medicine. The CIC also supports the teaching missions of Biology and Biomedical Engineering curricula and provides service to users from local biotech companies.


We are dedicated to the acquisition and promotion of advanced imaging technologies for cutting-edge experimentation in a variety of organisms and model systems. Our goal is to train and assist Drexel researchers in image acquisition and analysis.


The CIC provides researchers with state-of-the-art light microscopes to visualize and quantify a variety of cellular and molecular processes within fixed or living cells and tissues. This is accomplished using a variety of optical imaging techniques including:

  • Wide Field microscopy / Stereology
  • Laser Scanning Confocal microscopy
  • Two-Photon Excitation microscopy
  • Super-resolution microscopy (3D Structured Illumination Microscopy and Localization Microscopy)
  • Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence microscopy (TIRF)
  • Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (FACS)

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