MDACC Advanced Microscopy Core

Overview of Services


Super-Resolution Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM)

Equipment: OMX Blaze V4 Microscope

  • Spatial resolution ~120 nm (XY), ~300 nm (Z)
  • 3-D high impact imaging of cellular structures


Super-Resolution Localization Microscopy (STORM/PALM/GSD)

Equipment: Vutara SR-200 Biplane Microscope (3-D) and OMX Blaze V4 Microscope (2-D)

  • Spatial resolution ~20 nm (XY), ~ 60 nm (Z)
  • Molecular studies of subcellular structures at the highest optical resolution available


Total Internal Reflection Microscopy (TIRF)

Equipment: OMX Blaze V4 Microscope  

  • Spatial resolution ~250 nm (XY), ~ 100 nm (Z thickness)
  • Studies of live cell membrane receptor-ligand interactions, cellular adhesion, endo and exocytosis, etc.)


Förster/Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)

Equipment: OMX Blaze V4 Microscope

  • 1-10 nm molecular distance sensitivity
  • Static and dynamic mapping of molecular interactions inside cells
  • ‘Cyan/Yellow’, ‘Green/Red’ and ‘Red/Far Red’ donor/acceptor compatibility

Sensitized Emission (3-Cube) Method or Photobleaching Method


Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy

Equipment: Leica SP8 Confocal Microscope with fast scanners, spectral detectors and live cell enclosure

  • Spatial resolution ~250 nm (XY), ~600 nm (Z)
  • Channel unmixing by spectral fingerprinting
  • Fast imaging of live or fixed cells and tissue by resonant scanning and photon-counting HyD detectors
  • FRAP (Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching) for molecule dynamics
  • Automated image stitching for large specimens and 3-D Assay imaging in multi-well plates

3-D Image Analysis and Visualization

IMARIS Software

  • Adaptive thresholding with hundreds of morphological measurements
  • Spatiotemporal tracking

3-D video design with rotations, fly-through, zooming and time-lapse visualization



Tomasz Zal|Core Director

M. Anna Zal|Core Manager


Location and hours of operation

Hours      Location

Monday - Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm 

     7455 Fannin
     Houston, TX 77054

Links and Resources

  1. MD Anderson Advanced Microscopy Core


Name Role Phone Email Location
M. Anna Zal, M.Sc.
7455 Fannin Houston, TX 77054