The Advanced Imaging Center (AIC) at HHMI Janelia Research Campus is jointly sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Our mission is to make cutting-edge, pre-commercial microscopes developed at Janelia available to visiting scientists, maximizing the impact of the latest developments in optical instruments and emerging microscopy technologies.

We encourage applications from scientists who are addressing significant scientific questions that require measurements of cellular/molecular behavior at spatial and/or temporal resolutions that would only be possible for them through access to the AIC.

Under the Program, visiting scientists will spend 1-2 weeks (or longer if there is justified scientific reason) at Janelia to conduct experiments on the scope with the support of the AIC team.

The currently available microscopes, which provide advanced capabilities that are not yet widely available, are:

  • Interferometric photoactivated localization microscope (iPALM)
  • Single-molecule total internal reflection fluorescence (smTIRF) microscope
  • Aberration-corrected multifocus microscope (acMFM)
  • Lattice light sheet microscope (2nd generation bessel beam microscope)
  • Live cell multicolor structured illumination microscope (SIM)

Our website, provides more details about these unique instruments and how to apply to use them. Proposals will be evaluated based on scientific merit through a two-tier review process by AIC/Janelia scientists and by a review panel of scientists from HHMI/Janelia, GBMF, and extramural imaging experts. Additional information and instructions on how apply are available here:

Scientists whose proposals are selected will travel to Janelia to use the facility. The Janelia Visitor Program will cover the cost of lodging for the visiting scientist, experiments, technical support from our applications scientists, and scope time.

Email or Dr. Teng-Leong Chew ( with direct inquiries. Here is the link to the HHMI press release.