Bermuda grass anther
Title for Image
Corepopsis disc floret
Fruit fly brain
Black swallowtail wing
heart cells
mouse heart
Heart cells
Virus infected heart cell
Arabidopsis root
Arabidopsis root
Arabidopsis embryo
Arabidospis flower
Strawberry stigma and norovirus
Zebrafish head
Zebrafish head
zebrafish blood vessels
zebrafish blood vessels

Recent News

Reduced CMIF operation during coronavirus pandemic

CMIF is operating with significant service reductions. For your safety and ours we need you to strictly adhere to the CDC and NC State safety rules as posted. We are currently in phase III of the Research Restart Process. Remember your 3W (wear a mask, wait -stay 6ft apart-, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer).

We are open for NC State students, staff and faculty who received clearance to work on their research project. If this applies to you, please contact us to regain access to the lab management schedule (if you received training before the shut-down). In person (face to face) training is currently suspended and we do remote training for some of the simpler to use instruments if feasible. Because of occupancy restrictions we will perform the imaging for you as a service if possible. Standard operator fees for internal and external customers will apply. If interested, please contact us to discuss details and arrange sample drop off.

Things to remember:

Gardner Hall is card access only. If you are an internal, trained customer we can get your card activated. Otherwise please arrange with us a day/time to drop off your samples or enter the building.

Review and follow the specific safety rules for Gardner Hall.

Review and follow specific Covid-19 safety rules for CMIF  and room occupancy.

About this Facility

The Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility at North Carolina State University is located in 4115 Gardner Hall on the North Campus. It was established by Dr. Nina Strömgren Allen in 1996. The facility contains a number of state-of-the-art light microscopes, including a Zeiss LSM 880 confocal system with Airyscan and a Zeiss Z.1 lightsheet microscope.


CMIF’s mission is to provide access to advanced imaging equipment that enhances the research and teaching environment of NC State. Support and training is provided by experienced personnel.

CMIF primarily serves the NC State community and is also open to scientists from other universities and local industries.

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Zeiss Lightsheet Z1

Zeiss Lightsheet Z.1 Workstation


Olympus MVX10
Macro Zoom Microscope

Zeiss LSM710

Zeiss LSM 710
confocal workstation


fluorescence stereo

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Crowd at seminar
Crowd at Seminar