About the University Imaging Centers

The University Imaging Centers (UIC) is a network of shared research facilities located on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campuses: Snyder Hall on the St. Paul campus, Jackson Hall on the Minneapolis East Bank campus, and the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building located in the Biomedical Discovery District on the East Bank campus. The UIC offers equipment and support for light and electron microscopy, multiplex ion beam imaging, spatial genomics, tissue clearing, in-vivo imaging from subcellular to whole animals, image analysis & visualization, slide scanning, large format poster printing, and 3D printing. Services range from training users to independently operate equipment to full-service imaging, and sample processing.


  • Maximize the availability of advanced imaging technologies and methodologies to faculty, staff, students, and external users.
  • Bring expertise in new imaging technologies to users.
  • Educate the University community about new imaging technologies.
  • Promote interaction between developers of new imaging technology and potential users.

Teaching & Outreach

As part of our ongoing commitment to the University of Minnesota, the University Imaging Centers opens its doors to collaborative coursework, as well as educational and promotional tours of our facilities.

The link below provides an overview of our past involvement with courses, tours, and outreach opportunities.

UIC Teaching & Outreach (Google Sheet)

Nikon Center of Excellence

The University Imaging Centers is a Nikon Center of Excellence. Nikon recognizes the UIC as a state-of-the-art microscopy resource that is mutually beneficial for both the University and Nikon. As a Nikon Center of Excellence, the UIC makes cutting-edge imaging tools accessible to the local scientific community and serves as a platform for the free exchange of ideas, methodologies, and technologies between investigators and Nikon toward the mutual goals of advancing research and developing new technologies. Nikon firmly believes that these types of partnerships between Academia and Industry are critically important for the rapid advancement of science and technology.  

Annual User Survey

Each year the University Imaging Centers surveys members of the University community to gather feedback on our performance, as well as insights into your imaging technology needs.

The survey quantifies the instrument and staffing services that the UIC provides to the University. The results of this survey are our primary source for measuring customer satisfaction, which helps us target future improvement and innovation efforts.

Past Surveys