How to Visualize Cells: The Optical Imaging Facility at USC Stem Cell

Microscopy is as important today as it was when the first microscope was invented more than 400 years ago. In the Optical Imaging Facility in USC’s stem cell research center, scientists use a specialized type of microscope, known as a confocal microscope, to visualize the spatial relationships amongst cells and sub-cellular structures, and to observe the movements and behaviors of living cells within organisms and developing organ systems.