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Sarah Tague
Senior Scientist

Larysa Stroganova
Research Associate


Reservations are made via Bookkit. Contact us for information on how to receive training and get approved for usage.


For publications, we recommend the following statement in acknowledgments: "The confocal core is supported, in part, by NIH/NIGMS COBRE grant P30GM122731. The Leica STED microscope is supported by NIH 1S10OD023625."

Rules and Responsibilities

The confocal laser microscope is a very expensive, rather delicate and potentially hazardous piece of equipment shared by multiple users. Routine users who will be spending many hours using standard imaging methods can request free training from staff in order to use the instrument on their own with staff readily accessible to assist in any problems that may arise

In order to provide convenient, reliable access to quality confocal imaging to as many people as possible while protecting both the users and the instrument from the consequences of any misuse that would negatively impact the research of multiple users, all users must agree to the following rules and policies regarding use of the shared equipment:

  • No food or drink near the microscopes, computers or other equipment.
  • Only staff will train and certify users in the operation of the instrument. (Users cannot train other users, untrained guests may not touch the instrument)
  • Billing hours will be calculated to the nearest quarter of an hour from the computer log (from the time the acquisition program is turned on to the time it is closed down)

Sanctions for non-compliance with policy rules

Failure to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in this facility use document will result in the generation of an infraction report. This infraction report will be presented to the Confocal Microscopy Advisory Board for evaluation and recommendation. The board will have the right to select from the following sanctions (these sanctions were modified from the KUMC faculty handbook):

  • Verbal warning.
  • Written warning. Notice in writing that the continuation or repetition of conduct found to be wrongful by the Advisory board must be corrected, or more severe discipline may result.
  • Restitution. Reimbursement for damage or misappropriation of property. This may take the form of appropriate service or other compensation.
  • Suspension of use of the instrument.
  • Revoking the right to use the instrument.

The above sanctions do not have to be applied in a linear fashion, the severity of the sanction should closely match the severity of the infraction. The person brought up for an infraction can appeal the decision of the board to either the Confocal Microscopy Advisory Board, or may request a hearing with the Vice Chancellor for Research.