UA Cancer Center - Microscopy Shared Resource (MSR)




Overview of Services

The Microscopy Shared Resource (MSR) provides services, technical support, and access to equipment to the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) and other UArizona researchers on a fee-for-service basis. MSR can also provide services for external (non-UArizona) academic institutions, Non-profit researchers, and for-profit research needs. Our goal is to empower researchers to build and refine their foundational knowledge and toolkits to capture, analyze, and describe their research for greater impact and value, while also aiding to provide resources for data management guidelines. We work to maximize research funds by providing cost-effective and customized services and training for all our users.


MSR provides the following instruments/services:

  • Instrument Training on MSR Microscopes (Assisted-to-Independent-Use):
    • Nikon Crest v2 Spinning-Disk Confocal
    • Nikon AXR Laser-Scanning Confocal


  • Imaging Services (Assisted-Use only):
    • Nikon N-STORM (Super-Resolution Microscopy) - MSR staff will provide buffer reagents and will drive the STORM instrument with user input.
    • Nikon BioPipeline Slide Scanner (Brightfield, Polarized, Fluorescence, and Near-IR Imaging) - Users drop-off samples and MSR staff will conduct the imaging based on user request.
    • Nikon AXR Multiphoton Microscope (coming soon)


  • Experimental Design and Acquisition-to-Analysis Workflow Consultations:
    • Experimental design - MSR staff will assist with strategies for complex immunolabeling, live-cell imaging, super-resolution imaging, high-throughput imaging, etc.
    • Custom image analysis - MSR staff will design semi-automated/automated image analysis using General Analysis 3 (GA3) in Nikon NIS Elements software.


  • Microscopy Workstation for Basic and Advanced Image Processing and Analysis:
    • Advanced image analysis software and workstation - Users can independently use the Microscopy Workstation to conduct their own image analysis.


For information about available instruments, instrument specifications, and pricing, please visit Schedule Equiptment.

To request any of these services (including microscope training), please visit Request Services



Ghassan "Gus" Mouneimne, Ph.D. | Director

Marco Padilla-Rodriguez, Ph.D. | Manager

David Jones, P.S.M. | Staff


Location and Hours of Operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday 

(9am - 5pm)*

1515 N. Campbell Ave

Tucson, AZ, 85724


*Night and weekend instrument access for trained users only


Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Marco Padilla-Rodriguez, Ph.D.
UACC MSR Manager
(520) 626-6041
Leon Levy Cancer Center
David Jones, P.S.M.
(520) 626-2548
Leon Levy Cancer Center
Ghassan "Gus" Mouneimne, Ph.D.
UACC MSR Director
(520) 626-4616
Leon Levy Cancer Center