Facility Usage Fees and Rates


The staff provides extensive training for all equipment located within the Imaging Core.  Access and utilization of Center equipment is not permitted until all forms and instructional sessions have been completed.  Additional equipment and application training can be arranged with outside vendors.  Other charges and membership fees may apply to specific equipment, please see below.


Zeiss LSM 510META Confocal Microscope



* the Zeiss LSM510META is 10 years old

* Zeiss eliminated service contracts

* several components have failed already, including eyes:LSM parfocality,

and META detector blue-green emission range (fortunately can be covered

by Ch2=DAPI, Ch3=Green).

When some 'key' component fails, we are more likely to turn the stand into

a widefield automated microscope than pay Zeiss lots of money to get one thing

so another key part can fail soon after.

The good news: we have an excellent NIH S10 shared instrumentation grant submitted.

Trained $30 / Hour
Assisted $75 / Hour

Olympus FV1000MP Microscope


Trained $50 / Hour
Assisted $125 / Hour

Zeiss LSM510META or Olympus FV1000MP Training

$250 / 2-Sessions     (~6 Hours Total)

New for 2016-17: membership fee instead of hourly rate for several instruments:

Perkin-Elmer Envision Plate Reader


Keyence BZ-X700 "box" microscope


Zeiss AxioImager upright Microscope


Zeiss AxioObserver inverted Microscope


$250 Annual Membership Fee per Lab per Instrument  

New 9/2017: Leica SP8 Confocal Microscope

* owned by the Division of Anesthesiology & Critical Care

* managed by us


Note: Priority usage by the owning division, Anesthesiology & Critical Care to reserve 20 hours

(2.5 days of JHU business hours) for its users; fully trained users will have 24/7 access

(we have stringent definition of 'fully trained').

Note: We hope to implement Minimum 2 hour blocks for billing purposes. 

*** Calendar for now (9/2017-1/2018) is here at confocal.jhu.edu ...

 The SP8 will move to iLab Organizer calendar system (web links will be available from here).

Draft pricing:

  $28 / hr   fully trained user

  $77 / hr   Oversight by Dr. McNamara

$105 / hr   Training and/or operation by Dr. McNamara

* Draft billing idea: minimum 2 hour time blocks for reservations and billing purposes


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