The Biological Science Imaging Resource (BSIR) is dedicated to making state of the art transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and confocal microscopy available to everyone without multimillion dollar investments in instruments and facilities. We offer affordable, state of the art, remote robotic TEM imaging using FEI’s Titan Krios™ operated by staff with decades of EM experience. Through the Appion automated data collection system, users can view data collected in real time via a web browser and direct BSIR staff during the data acquisition process. We also offer laser scanning dual photon confocal imaging using Zeiss’s LSM 510 confocal microscope.
Training is available as well as technical assistance. User fees help to defray a fraction of operating expenses incurred by Florida State University. Major equipment purchases are funded through multi-user grants.
We have a protocol in place for the facility that allows us to be open and keep everyone as safe as possible. A document detailing this protocol is placed at every instrument in addition to gloves. Masks are required in the BSIR. Users are responsible for their waste generated and must remove it from the facility. There is no waste pickup. FSU allows an occupancy rate of 50%. This means we normally allow one/two people per instrument at any one time. Help, troubleshooting, or training is done remotely. Key access to the rooms and facility are required.