Call for Proposals for using the Advanced Imaging Center at Janelia Farm

Got this in an email from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:

In June of 2014 the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced the establishment of an Advanced Imaging Center at Janelia Farm that will make leading-edge imaging technologies more widely available to the scientific community.

Visualizing and understanding complex biological processes demands the integrated efforts of biologists and physicists. The mission of the Advanced Imaging Center (AIC) is to make cutting-edge imaging technologies developed at Janelia widely accessible, and at no cost, to scientists before the instruments are commercially available.

Operating strategically at the interface of engineering and biological applications, the AIC is positioned to drastically reduce the time between instrument development and widespread use in the increasingly technology-intensive field of biology. The AIC will expand the number and diversity of biologists who have access to the unique, state-of-the-art optical imaging microscopes developed at Janelia years before they become commercially available.

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.

The instruments currently available in the AIC:

· Lattice Light Sheet Microscope

· Interferometric Photoactivation and Localization Microscope (iPALM)

· Single Molecule Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscope (sm-TIRF)

· Aberration-Corrected Multifocus Microscope (acMFM)

· Live Cell Multicolor Structured Illumination Microscope (SIM)

Proposals to use the AIC will be evaluated through a two-tier peer review process. A Call-for-Proposals will be announced several times a year. The Janelia Visitor Program will cover the cost of lodging for the visiting scientist, experiments, technical support from our applications scientists, and scope time for researchers whose proposals are accepted.  The deadline for applications is August 15, 2014. Application material can be found here. Further inquiries can be directed to

The AIC is generously sponsored by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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