Request Training, Services, or submit a General Inquiry

The University Imaging Centers (UIC) is a fee-for-use facility open to investigators and projects of members of the University of Minnesota community as well as external users.

Step 1: Submit a request

Once we receive your request a member of the UIC staff will be in touch to discuss your project.

  • All users must be trained by the UIC staff prior to the initial use of the instruments
  • Users must observe the policies for using UIC facilities
  • There are fees for using the UIC resources and services
  • We highly recommend subscribing to UIC emails to receive the latest equipment updates as well as the UIC newsletter, webinar, demo, and event communications

Click here to request training, services, or submit a general inquiry!

Step 2: Create your iLab account

All users are required to have an iLab account in order to access resources and services at the University Imaging Centers.

  • Users will not be able to reserve a microscope until they have completed an in-person training session.

Click here for instructions on how to register for your UIC iLab Account

Step 3: UIC Facility Access

  • All University Imaging Centers locations are access-controlled with card readers
  • Each trained user that requires access must have an authorized U Card. Learn more about the information on your U Card.
  • Prior to being granted access, all users must be trained by UIC staff and complete all training and facility-specific requirements
  • If you requested access it is very important that you confirm your card grants you access to UIC facilities before planning to image outside of business hours

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Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (CCRB)

1-220 (Cellular Imaging)

The UIC CCRB 1-220 is general access to all Biomedical Discovery District (BDD) Labs. If your lab is located outside of the BDD and you wish to obtain access please follow the instructions below.

Required Training
Before filling out the RBMS building access form please complete the required training.
RBMS Access Form Instructions
Once you have completed the required training, please submit an RBMS student/employee access form. 
  1. Go to the RBMS Building Access Webpage.
  2. Click 'Employee/Student Access Form'
  3. Fill out the requested information. Please fill in the matching fields as outlined below.
    • Select your PI or Facility: UIC
    • Work Location(s): University Imaging Centers
    • Work Location(s) Primary Building: [CCRB] Cancer/Cardio Research Building
    • Office Phone: 612-626-6202
    • Lab Phone: 612-626-6202
    • Lab Room: 1-220
  4. After completing all required training and submitting your access form you must stop by the CCRB front info desk and show them your U Card for verification purposes.
  5. When the first four steps are completed please contact us at A final supervisor approval form will be submitted by UIC staff to Research Building Management Services to complete the access request process. Once all components have been submitted you should be granted access within 2-3 business days. Please confirm your access works before planning after-hours imaging sessions. 

1-250/260 (In vivo & μPET/CT)

To access the UIC 1-250/260 In vivo imaging area you must complete IACUC training in addition to the RBMS requirements.

Required Training
RBMS Access Form Instructions
  1. Download and fill out the request for access to restricted RAR animal housing areas form
  2. Send an email to, Attn: Becky Roland, and CC UIC staff Dr. Jason Mitchell. Once all components have been submitted you should be granted access within 2-3 business days. Please confirm your access works before planning after-hours imaging sessions.

Jackson Hall

Please read all requirements before submitting your request.

  1. You are required to pass the on-line radiation safety and blood borne pathogen training modules before gaining access through the 5th floor skyway (not needed for UIC access only).
  2. Please go to Research Building Management Services Online Request Form if your U Card has not been activated for either 717 Delaware, Jackson, MBB, MCB, NHH, or TRF/LRB and fill out the on-line access request.
  3. An audit is usually done once a year and you may be asked to verify access.
  4. If your card has been deactivated for no reason, go to one of the RBMS building info desks to have it re-activated.
  5. Please remember to notify UIC when you no longer need access or leave the U of M.
Please e-mail Steve Schnell the following information to request UIC access:
  • Your UMN internet ID (x.500)
  • Indicate if you have u-card access to 717 Delaware, CCRB, Jackson, MCB, NHH, TRF/LRB, or WMBB.
  • IACUC Protocol Number (if requesting access to the UIC Biosafety Area).
Indicate what access you need:
  • U-card access to UIC (Lab only)
  • U-card access through 5th floor skyway between Jackson and NHH for animal transport.
  • Key code access to UIC Biosafety Area (Animal In Vivo Imaging or Multiphoton Confocal)
    • Note: Remember to supply an IACUC protocol number for access to the UIC Biosafety Area.    
The process will take 1-3 days. Contact UIC Staff if you do not have access beyond that period.

UIC Jackson Hall Animal Transport Routes

Snyder Hall

The University Imaging Centers requires completion of the University’s Introduction to Research Safety and Chemical Safety training modules, as well as UIC-specific safety and equipment training, before granting access to its Snyder facility. UIC staff will verify completion using internal records and university training transcripts.

Please note: at this time, access to UIC facilities does not guarantee staff availability. If you require assistance please coordinate with UIC staff.

Building Access: By submitting this form you are requesting access to the UIC Snyder Hall facility. If you also require Snyder building access through the Biological Sciences Center or Gortner Laboratory buildings please contact Ann Yetter.

Click here to submit a UIC Snyder Hall Access Request Form