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Rates

University of Minnesota Researchers

The University Imaging Centers (UIC) is open to investigators and projects of members of the University of Minnesota community as well as external researchers.

For more information on using our facilities and the associated policies, please read through our policy page.

Light Microscopy

Instrument Categories  

UMN Rates

Tier 1 $10 / Hour
Tier 2 $55 / Hour
Tier 3 $75 / Hour
Category Inclusions:    
Tier 1: Tier 2 Tier 3
  • Nikon A1si
  • Nikon TE2000
  • Nikon 90i
  • Nikon Ti-E
  • Nikon AZ100 C1si
  • ZEISS Widefield & TIRF
  • Leica LMD 6500
  • Nikon AZ100M
  • Nikon C2
  • Olympus BX2
  • Olympus IX2
  • Panoptiq Imaging System
  • ZEISS Spinning Disk
  • Leica SP5 MP
  • Nikon A1R FLIM
  • Nikon A1RMP
  • Nikon A1Rsi
     

Tissue Clearing & Imaging

Services

UMN Rates

Clearing (1-6 Samples Per Run) $345 / Run
Clearing + Antibody Labeling (1-6 Samples Per Run) $525 / Run
Cleared Tissue Imaging (Performed by UIC Staff) $35 / Hour

IncuCyte SX5 & Nikon Biostation

IncuCyte SX5

Per plate duration rate model has costs decreasing 15% every 24 hours until a maximum reduction of 75%.

Hours

24

48

72

96

120

144

168+

Daily Rate

$55

$46.75

$38.50

$30.25

$22

$13.75

$13.75

Per Plate Duration Cost Examples: 

1 plate - 72 hour (3 day) experiment:  $55 + $46.75 + $38.50 = $140.25.

1 plate - 168 hour (1 week) experiment:  $55 + 46.75 + $38.50 + 30.25 + $22 + $13.75 + $13.75 = $220


Nikon Biostation

$55 / Plate

Small Animal Imaging

Instruments

UMN Rates 

IVIS Spectrum  $60 / Hour
IVIS 100  $60 / Hour
Vevo 2100  $60 / Hour
Sofie G8  $125 / Hour

Molecular Biology Imaging

Instrument Categories  

UMN Rates

Typhoon $45 / Hour
Amersham 600UV $45 / Hour
Maestro $45 / Hour


 

Electron Microscopy

Instruments

UMN Rates

JEOL 1440 Plus TEM $115 / Hour 
Hitachi S3500N SEM $65 / Hour
• SEM: Cryo
$85 / Hour 
Microtome $20 / Hour 
Sputter Coater $20 / Run 
Critical Point Dryer $20 / Run  

 

Services

UMN Rates

TEM: Sample-to-Plastic (Standard) $325 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run)
TEM: Sample-to-Plastic (Particles) $400 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run)
TEM: Sample-to-Plastic (Immunochemistry) $275 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) 
TEM: Stained Thin Sections
(Price in addition to Sample-to-Plastic)
$35 / Sample

TEM: Negative Staining (Includes 30 minutes of imaging)*

*Additional samples, alternate processing methods, and/or additional scope time will incur addtional costs.

$100 / Sample
SEM: Sample to Coated Stub (Standard) $325 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run)
SEM: Sample to Coated Stub (Particles) $275 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run) 
Serial Block-Face SEM Sample Preparation $500 / (Price Per Run, 1-4 Samples/Run)
SEM: Cut, Dry, Mount, Coat (Small) $50 / Stub
SEM: Cut, Dry, Mount, Coat (Large) $100 / Stub 
Additional Staff Microtomy $55 / Hour  
Immunogold Cytohistochemistry Technical Time $55 / Hour  

Training, Technical Assistance, and Support

Services

UMN Rates

Training (Flat Fee for up to 2 Users)* $150 / Instrument
Technical Assistance & Support $55 / Hour
Advanced Technical Assistance & Support $75 / Hour
*
Basic Light Microscopy and Electron Microscopy training are excluded from the flat training fee.
These categories are subject to hourly technical assistance fees. 

Slide Scanning

Services UMN Rates
Brightfield Slide Scanning (1" x 3") $23 / Slide
Brightfield Slide Scanning (2" x 3") $45 / Slide
Fluorescence Slide Scanning $40 / Slide

Output Services

Services UMN Rates
Poster Printing (Standard Paper) $6.00 / Sq. Ft.
Poster Printing (Photo Gloss) $7.25 / Sq. Ft.
Poster Printing (Cloth) $8.50 / Sq. Ft.
3D Printing Contact Alex Cramer.

Sample Preparation

Equipment UMN Rates
PELCO easiSlicer Vibratome No Charge
Sputter Coater $20 / Run
Leica Ultracut Ultramicrotome $20 / Hour
Critical Point Dryer $20 / Run
Leica CM1800 Cryostat No Charge
Pella Biowave Pro Microwave Processor $10 / Hour