Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility

The Hooker Microscopy Facility is located in the UNC School of Medicine


At the University of North Carolina


CF Center desktop firewall is being enabled on Thursday March 19 at 7:00 to 8:00 AM

SOM Firewall changes - March 12
  • The web servers and file storage servers have been moved behind the SOM CF Firewall at ~10 AM on Thursday, March 12.
  • Affected:
    • Microscope booking calendars
    • http://microscopy.unc.edu  http://mhmicroscopy.med.unc.edu
    • http://confocal.org  http://mhmf.org
    • \\MINSKY  \\minsky.med.unc.edu
    • MHmicroscopy domain
    • and others......
  • Note that any mappings on your computers directly to i.p. numbers of the servers will not longer work since the i.p. numbers have changed.
  • The Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility shut down on July 31, 2014 under instructions from iBGS and the Office of Research
  • Please use your existing  MHmicroscopy credentials for logging onto remaining workstations and booking and access to the file server \\minsky.med.unc.edu
  • SOM Access cards already authorized for MHMF rooms will continue to provide entry into the facility.  New authorizations for access will be considered until May
  • Remaining resources will be moved to room 6026 Thurston Bowles and Marsico Hall April or June)
  • Leica SP2 confocal is available.  Existing users please book as usual.  
  • The CCD camera has been added SP2 confocal upright microscope stand.  Widefield imaging of fluorescence, transmitted light, darkfield and is available.
  • The upright Nikon with high resolution color camera is available: Hooke system - Upright Nikon fluorescence microscope with color CCD camera - This system is running again.  Hardware has been repaired.  It is off the network.
  • Upright Nikon 80i for fluorescence and transmitted light is available - low resolution color camera is connected to the \\hamilton computer workstation is in room 6026.  Contact Michael in order to discuss access.
  • Members of the Cystic Fibrosis Center and Alcohol Center and Stan Lemon lab. are welcome to (and should) ask Michael for assistance.
  • \\minsky the file server is available.  All may ask Michael for assistance about passwords and access.  The current plan is to shut down \\minsky in August of 2016.  Until then your data is available.
  • Computer workstation \\Schott is in room 6129.  \\Brewster is unavailable since it had to be repurposed as a domain controller and file server.
  • It feels like lemons are being converted into marmalade. Hopefully we will get to lemonade.  
    Lemon marmalade
    (c) 2014  Many thanks to Karen Stone for this image.

The Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility was a research microscopy facility located in the Thurston Bowles building at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Information for new and current users - Users from the CF Center, Alcohol Studies Center and Stan Lemon lab. are welcome.

What's New / Changed


What's Down / Scheduled Maintenance - details
  • \\Marvin, \\Hooke are no longer on the campus network and have joined a private network.
  • See "NOT available" resources on the right
  • An inverted fluorescence scope system is currently being assembled
St. Nicolas Church, Leipzig DE.  Before the Berlin Wall fell there was the Friendly Revolution of 10 June 1989 (text). Checkpoint Charlie guard tower now at the Newseum, Washington DC  
Up coming courses/seminars concerning microscopy and imaging


  • Thurston Bowles building rooms 6129, 6033s & 6123
  • Some resources will be moved to Marsico Hall and some will remain in Thurston Bowles
Contacting MHMF
  • Michael 919-912-9380  voice/text 
Booking Time on a Resource   [frames]


Widefield Microscopes
Confocal Microscopes
Computing & Image Processing
Sample preparation, cover slips, test samples, chambers, calibration, slides, clearing agents, etc. 
Fluorophore references (3rd party information)  Spectra
Books and articles on microscopy and imaging

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