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BMC Operation and Safety Plan: Phase 3

Following the UGA guidelines for re-opening, the BMC resumed its operation from June 15 with the following new rules and guidelines:

Phase 1.

  1. Extend instrument access to all UGA research laboratories.
  2. Physical distancing, disinfection, and safe-working-alone processes will be followed.
  3. Only trained users will be allowed access to the scopes.
  4. One-on-one microscope trainings for new users and assisted imaging will resume at Phase 2.
  5. Kandasamy will be available at the Core but will communicate with the users only through e-mail or by phone, such as FaceTime or Zoom ( or mobile: 706-247-4122).
  6. In-person troubleshooting of instrument issues will be performed without users present.
  7. No more than one user at a time will be permitted to work at a microscope. No more than two people allowed in Room #164 and #167 at a time.
  8. Users will be required to enter the microscope room only after the booked microscope start time, and to leave before the booked microscope end time. Shutdown instrument properly after use.

Phase 2.

One-on-one training started from July 20th. All the above rules of Phase 1 will be followed.

Phase 3.

With the strict following of safety rules, BMC offers full service to the users.

Axio Scope A1

Several BMC users have expressed a need for a basic wide-field microscope capable of taking bright field (color and DIC) and fluorescence images for their routine research.  So, we have added a new system to the Core in Room# 164.

Axio Scope A1

UltraMicroscope II (light sheet)

We have installed a LaVision Biotec UltraMicroscope II, a light sheet fluorescence microscope, in Room #164 at BMC. It’s capable of imaging large optically cleared samples at 488 nm, 561 nm, 640 nm and 785 nm excitation wavelengths.

ImageXpress Micro Confocal Microscope

We are excited to announce the installation of a new ImageXpress Micro Confocal High-Content Imaging System at BMC in Room #167. It’s ready for use by the UGA research community.

This versatile system features a unique confocal technology which allows you to explore more physiologically relevant, complex three dimensional models including spheroids, tissues, and whole organisms and to generate high quality images for samples in slides or 6 to 1536-well microplates.

LSM 880 Confocal Microscope

A Zeiss LSM 880 Confocal Microscope with an upright microscope stand, 34 channel GaAsp detector and Diode (405 nm), Argon (458, 477, 488, 514 nm), HeNe1 (543) and HeNe2 (633 nm) laser lines has been added to Room #167 at BMC. This replaced the old LSM 510.

BMC Subscription for 2020

The annual subscription for BMC use for the year 2020 is $3,500 for a lab with up to 2 users and $4,000 for a lab with more than two users.

Hourly users will be charged $50/hr for the confocal and super resolution microscopes and $30 or $35/h for the other microscopes. Training is free!

Kandasamy’s Schedule at BMC

Kandasamy is now working full time as Director at BMC. He can be reached for help regarding training, support for all microscope systems and grant applications.

Contact Info:

BMC: 706-542-4779; Cell: 706-247-4122

Room: 164 Coverdell Center

BMC’s Award Winning Images!

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1. A deconvolved fluorescence microscopy image of Toxoplasma gondii parasite that has infected HFF host cells. Green: Apicoplast organelle, red: ISP1 protein and blue: DNA. M. Kandasamy, BMC. Finalist – GE Healthcare Cell Imaging Competition, 2013.

2. A confocal image of developing eggs from the ovary of a parasitic wasp Microplitis demolitor. Red: Actin, Green: DNA. M. Kandasamy, BMC. Honorable Mention – Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition, 2013.

3. A super resolution microscopy (SIM) image of bovine pulmonary artery endothelial cells stained for actin (pink), mitochondria (green) and DNA (yellow). M. Kandasamy, BMC. 5th Place Winner – Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, 2014.