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New Users Guide

New users should contact the Brain Institute Core Technician, Misty Quintana at mquintana@tulane.edu, and provide the following:

  • Contact Information
  • Research Lab and Primary Investigator
  • Your Position
  • Brief Description of Your Imaging Needs

Each piece of equipment requires separate training regardless of previous experience and must come from the Core Technician. 

After completing the training, users will receive an access code to the Brain Institute Cell and Tissue Imaging Core and equipment and will be able to schedule sessions.  


Before training can begin on the Olympus Microscope or Zeiss Slide Scanner, users will need to complete the Account Authorization Form and have it signed by the Primary Investigator. 

Account Authorization Form

Olympus Microscope
Usage: $20 per hour
Training: $30 per hour

Zeiss Slide Scanner
Usage: $10 per hour
Training: $20 per hour

Data Management

Users of the Olympus Microscope or Zeiss Slide Scanner must name their files in the following standard format:

Example:  2019May25_Daniel_MQ_test.vsi

A folder for the lab (named for the primary investigator) will be created into which data must be placed.  Data will be stored on the hard drive in the Brain Institute Cell and Tissue Imaging Core for a period of one month.  

Once per week, the technician will clear files that have been stored for one month from the hard drive.  Prior to deletion of files, primary investigators and the user who acquired the data will be notified via email that their data will be deleted in one week.  At the end of the one month storage period, responsibility for data management falls exclusively to the investigators.

Feedback and Acknowledgments

We welcome any feedback from users of the Brain Institute Cell and Tissue Imaging Core.  Please email any comments or suggestions to Misty Quintana at mquintana@tulane.edu or Dr. Jill Daniel jmdaniel@tulane.edu.

All users of the Olympus Confocal Microscope in the Brain Institute Cell and Tissue Imaging Core are asked to acknowledge the grant under which the microscope was purchased in their paper as the “Louisiana Board of Regents Departmental Enhancement Grant LEQSF(2018-23)-ENH-DE-15.”  Please send a copy of the paper to Misty Quintana, Brain Institute Core Technician, at mquintana@tulane.edu.