Alafi Neuroimaging

State-of-the-art technology and resources for advanced microscopy Read More


The Alafi Neuroimaging Laboratory offers state-of-the-art equipment and software for imaging and scanning, and is open to Hope Center investigators and others. Click on the buttons below to learn about location, specs, and details for usage of each resource, as well as suggested language for acknowledging core use.


Hamamatsu NanoZoomer Whole-Slide Imaging System

Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

Multiphoton Microscope

Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope with Red Excitation

Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope with UV Excitation

Image Analysis Workstation

Acknowledging the Core

The Alafi Neuroimaging lab has received additional support via the grants below. Publications that include data from core use should acknowledge grants as appropriate (suggested language below).  Please note that end-dates for grants are included to help determine relevant support.  Acknowledgements are crucial in tracking success of the core and obtaining future funding, and are required by the NIH Public Access Policy.

  • NIH Neuroscience Blueprint Interdisciplinary Center Core Grant (P30 NS057105)
    • End date: August 31, 2013
  • AFM use only: NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10 RR024733)
  • Nanozoomer use only: NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10 RR027552)

Suggested language to include in acknowledgements: “This work was supported by the Hope Center Alafi Neuroimaging Lab and a P30 Neuroscience Blueprint Interdisciplinary Center Core award to Washington University (P30 NS057105).”


We always strive to improve services and resources offered by the Hope Center Cores.  To provide feedback, see contact information below.

Core Coordinator: Kris Hyrc
Faculty Core Director: Michael Wong

ICTS funding option

Hope Center Core users may be eligible to apply for a Just-in-Time (JIT) award from the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). Faculty members without established funding for their projects are encouraged to apply for JIT funding through the ICTS. Visit the ICTS JIT webpage for additional details.

Contact Information

Using Core Equipment

Use of equipment in the Alafi facility can be reserved (calendar link below).  Note that potential users must attend a training session prior to using the microscopes.

NOTE also:  Beginning July 2015, users must provide a fund number at the time of use, when logging on to each microscope's computer.


User Fees

Charges for Hope Center investigators are subsidized by the Hope Center. This subsidy will apply only if the billing PI is a Hope Center faculty member.

Current fee schedule