Users of confocal and TIRF microscopes must attend the laser safety course provided by Harvard University EH&S. Click here for their training schedule

All users must attend training by a member of the facility staff on the equipment they wish to operate.

Long term data storage is not provided. Users must use their own collaboration folders on the HMS server or save their data on a personal device. Data over 1 month old will be deleted.

The Neuro Imaging Facility is funded by NIH. All publications must acknowledge the NIH grant name and number. See below for citation information.


NIF requires clients to acknowledge work performed by NIF in peer-reviewed publications. The core can be acknowledged with  the following statements

In acknowledgement section:

  •  “The authors would like to thank the Neurobiology Imaging Facility (NIF) at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA for Imaging [and/or] performing the [insert wetlab process].”

In the Methods section:

  • “RNAscope/Basescope/Tissue clearing was provided by the Neurobiology Imaging Facility (NIF) at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.”

If you are not sure please ask. We are happy to help you with your citations!

Other Information

The Neurobiology Imaging Core Facility will provide training sessions for a fee. You will be expected to safely turn on and run the equipment and know the shutdown routine before you can use the equipment autonomously.

Environmental chambers and CO2 will be provided.

Offline workstations loaded with Metamorph, Imaris, ImageJ and CellSens are provided for post acquisition analysis.