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


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.


Contact information and feedback

We always strive to improve services and resources.  To provide feedback, see contact information below.

Faculty Core Director: Michael Wong (
Core Coordinator: Kris Hyrc (
Research Technician: Gary London (
FACS specialist: Prabal Sharma (

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 equipment.

NOTE also:  Users must provide a fund number at the time of use, when logging on to each microscope’s computer.

User fees

Acknowledging the Core

The Alafi Neuroimaging lab has received additional support via the grants below. Publications that include data created using core instruments should acknowledge appropriate (suggested language below).  Acknowledgements are crucial in tracking success of the core and obtaining future funding, and are required by the NIH Public Access Policy

  • Nanozoomer use only: NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10 RR027552)
  • 3DHISTECH P250 use only: NIH Special Instrumentation Grant (S10 OD032131)
  • AFM use only: NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10 RR024733)

Suggested language to include in acknowledgements: “This work was supported by the Hope Center Alafi Neuroimaging Lab.”

ICTS Just-in-Time Funding Program

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.