Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility

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


At the University of North Carolina

  • The Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility shut down on July 31 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. 
  • SOM Access cards already authorized for MHMF rooms will continue to provide entry into the facility. 
  • Olympus FV1000 confocal will be available until ~mid November.  You must contact Robert Currin to obtain the objectives you require.
  • Zeiss 510 confocal maybe available until ~Nov 14. You must contact Robert Currin to obtain the objectives you require.
  • Volocity license server is still running - however it will go dark soon.
  • Leica SP2 confocal is available.  Existing users please book as usual.  
  • The upright Nikon with high resolution color camera is available - Hooke system - Upright Nikon fluorescence microscope with color CCD camera
  • Upright Nikon 80i for fluorescence and transmitted light is available - low res color camera in connected to the \\hamilton computer workstation
  • Members of the Cystic Fibrosis Center and Alcohol Center 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 them your data is available.
  • Computer workstations are unavailable until a location is found locate them - sorry.
  • 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.

The facility provides standard and advanced digital light microscopy and image processing resources to users from the UNC Chapel Hill campus on a fee for use basis. Instrumentation, software and instruction are provided to enable users to acquire, process and analyze images from samples they have prepared, or we can acquire data with you.  


Information for new and current users - New users are not being accepted

What's New / Changed
What's Down / Scheduled Maintenance - details
November 11.  Veterans' Day/Rememberance Day 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 room 6129, 6033a, 6033 & 6123
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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