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The IMC is a fee-for-service, shared research facility offering high-end instrumentation, technical support, and education to the University of Memphis research community, as well as to other regional academic institutions and industries. This core facility is integrated in that it serves the different scientific disciplines at the University of Memphis, including Chemistry, Geology, Life Sciences, Physics, as well as the different Engineering fields. This integration is designed to foster interdisciplinary collaborations as well as academic and industrial partnerships. The IMC is the University's primary shared, core research facility and reports administratively to the Office of the Vice-Provost for Research.

The staff at the IMC offers expertise in the following areas:

1) Light Microscopy

2) Tissue Processing for Histology

3) Electron Microscopy

4) Materials Science Microfabrication

5) X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)

The IMC staff consists of a Director, a Laboratory Coordinator, a Materials Science Laboratory Manager, and a Histology Research Technician. Each staff member is a highly trained expert in one or more of the instrumentation techniques listed above. Their mission is to provide technical expertise, consultation, training and education to researchers, students and to other academic and industrial partnerships. The IMC staff will also prepare and analyze samples for interested parties.

To obtain quotes and for further information regarding the IMC, please contact Ms. Lou Boykins, Laboratory Coordinator, at (901)678-4233 or

October 9-11, 2014: Dr. Skalli, Ms. Boykins and Ms. Thompson attended the joint conference of the Southeastern Association of Shared Resources(2nd Annual) and Midwest & Southeast Association of Core Directors(5th Annual) at the Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN.

October 2014: O. Skalli (IMC Director), L. Boykins (IMC coordinator) and L. Coons (IMC former Director) co-authored a book chapter on "Electron microscopy" published in: "Biofouling Methods", pages 26-43, Dobretsov, Williams, and Thomason Edts, Wiley Blackwell publisher, 2014.

September 2014: Dr. Preza (PI; Dept. of Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Skalli (co-PI; Dept. of Biology and Director of the Integrated Microscopy Center) were awarded an NSF Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) grant, entitled "Improving 3D resolution and reducing sensitivity to spherical aberration in live, thick sample cellular imaging using novel methods in optical sectioning microscopy".

June 2014: Dr. Skalli presented a talk at a conference on "Molecular insights into muscle function and protein aggregation myopathies".

April-May 2014: Users are being trained to operate the Nova NanoSEM 650.

March 2014: Installation of the Nova NanoSEM 650 field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). The FESEM also has attachments for STEM (scanning transmission electron microscopy), EDS mapping and analysis and ebeam lithography.

October 9, 2013: Ms. Lou Boykins, the IMC coordinator, received a 15 years of service celebration award. Congratulations, Ms. Boykins, for your hard work and dedication during these years.

September 9, 2013: Drs Skalli (PI), Bumgartner (co-PI), Lindner (co-PI), Larsen (co-PI), Mishra (co-PI) were awarded an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant for the acquisition of a field-emission scanning electron microscope.

July 15, 2013: The IMC welcomed Ms. Lauren Thompson, who is responsible for the operation of the Histology lab and Light & Fluorescence microscopes.

May 29, 2013: Opening of a Materials Science Laboratory which includes a class 1000 clean room, an AJA Orion deposition unit/sputtering system/thermal evaporator, a mask aligner/exposure system (Tamarack 152), wire bonder, spin coater, X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). Dr. Felio Perez, a Physics and Materials Science PhD, is responsible for the operation of the Materials Science Laboratory and can be contacted at:

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