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iLab Account, Training, and Workshops

UIC New User

Step 1: Creating your UIC iLab Account

The first step towards using UIC resources is to create your iLab account. This account is required to reserve time as well as log into UIC instruments after you've been trained. 

  • All users must be trained by the UIC staff prior to the initial use of the instrument.

  • Users must observe the policies and sunrise safety protocols for using the facility.

  • There are fees for using the UIC resources.

  • Microscopes are available to trained users 24/7 with the following limits:

    • You will be billed for the maximum time between reserved time and actual logged time.

    • If your usage exceeds your reservation will be billed for the usage.

    • Should your reservation exceed your usage time charges still apply for the time you've blocked off on the calendar.

Step 2: Request Training

Once your iLab account has been set up the next step is towards accessing UIC instruments and services is to submit a training request.

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. All external users are subject to the UIC external rates. An External Sales agreement is required for all users outside the University of Minnesota.

UIC staff will reach out to discuss the project and details of the experiment and work with you to select an appropriate microscopic modality. In this way, everyone is fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses in the experimental design, and the UIC personnel can provide maximum methodological and instrumental support throughout the project. If necessary to increase the sophistication of experiments, formal collaboration between the UIC and the PI's laboratory is possible.


As part of our ongoing commitment to the University of Minnesota research community and external investigators, the University Imaging Centers hosts technical workshops for hands-on training in imaging.

While we are constantly evolving and expanding our curriculum, past workshops have included: Core Microscopy Concepts, Sample Preparation, Microscopy Instrumentation & Software, Quantitative Analysis, and 3D Reconstruction.

This page will be your resource to register for upcoming workshops, as well as provide an overview of past offerings.

Past Workshops


Title Attendees Date(s)
Midwest Association of Core Directors (MWACD) (TCF Bank Stadium) 150 Wednesday, 16 October 2019 to Friday, 18 October 2019
UIC Nikon SoRa Workshop (CCRB) 30 Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Confocal Workshop (JH) 11  Tuesday, 16 July 2019 to Thursday, 18 July 2019
Confocal Workshop (JH) 12  Tuesday, 18 June 2019 to Thursday, 20 June 2019
Live Animal Image Acquisition and Analysis Workshop (JH) 4 Wednesday, 10 April 2019


Title Attendees Date(s)
Confocal Workshop (JH) 10 Tuesday, 11 July 2017 to Thursday, 13 July 2017
Confocal Workshop (JH) 10 Tuesday, 6 June to Thursday, 8 June 2017
Live Cell Workshop (CCRB) 8 Wednesday, 8 March 2017 to Thursday, 9 March 2017


Title Attendees Dates
Confocal Workshop (SH) 5 Tuesday, 13 December 2016 to Thursday, 15 December 2016
UIC & UMII Image Analysis Workshop (CCRB) 15 Thursday, 1 December 2016
Confocal Workshop (CCRB) 9 Tuesday, 1 November 2016 to Thursday, 3 November 2016
Confocal Workshop (JH) 24 Tuesday, 17 May 2016 to Thursday, 19 May 2016


Title Attendees Date(s)
UIC & UMII Workshop: An Introduction to Image Analysis (CCRB)  21 Friday, 23 October 2015
UIC & UMII Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction to FIJI (SH) 13 Wednesday, 5 August 2015
UIC & UMII Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction to FIJI (SH) 18 Wednesday, 29 July 2015
UIC & UMII Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction to FIJI (SH) 15 Wednesday, 22 July 2015