Microscopy Links

 Microscopy Societies

Microscopy Society of America logo

Microscopy Society of America

MSA is the national microscopy society of the United States.  It has many activities ranging from promotion of the field to involvement of setting standards for the field and lobbying to provide input on issues important to it’s members.  MSA also sponsors Microscopy & Microanalysis, an annual meeting (see below for more information).  Explore the site and sign up for a membership.

Microscopy Society of Canada logo

Microscopie Societe du Canada

MSC is Canada’s national microscopy society.  They are active in promoting microscopy within their country and co-sponsor Microscopy & Microanalysis whenever it is held close to their border.

MSA Certification Board

MSA board that provides professional certification for those active in the area of biological TEM.  Involves a written exam and practicum.

MSA Technicians Forum

A group within MSA that is composed of microscopy technicians and those that support them.  They are the voice of the technicians within the society.  They have put on some impressive workshops at Microscopy & Microanalysis.

 Texas Society for Microscopy

Texas Society for Microscopy

Our regional affiliate of the Microscopy Society of America

MM2016_logo Microscopy and Microanalysis is the largest annual meeting dedicated to the field of microscopy.  It is sponsored annually by the Microscopy Society of America along with at least one other society.   There are technical workshops and roundtables covering current topics in the field as well as platform and poster sessions.  It also has the largest commercial exhibit of microscopy related products.

Microscope Companies (Light)

Carl Zeiss Nikon
Olympus Leica

Microscopes (Electron, Ion, X-Ray)

Carl Zeiss, SMT FEI
Hitachi JEOL

Microscope Supplies (expendables, preparation supplies, etc.)

Ted Pella EMS

Duniway Stockroom

Best place for vacuum system supplies and parts.

Microscope Facilities

University of Wisconsin Berkley National Microscopy Lab
Center for Commercialization of Fluorescence Technology Texas A&M Microscopy & Imaging Center
University of Arizona MCB Imaging Facility University of Washington Keck Microscopy Lab

Microscopy Software

Image J

Free Java based image processing and analysis software developed at NIH.  Lots of plug-ins available to expand this software’s capabilities.

BioImage XD

Free open source Python and C++ based software for handling and anylizing 3D image stacks. Includes robust fluorescence colocalization tools.


Biophotonics lab that works on developing open source computational software for the viewing and analysis of multidimensional images.


Commercial image processing and analysis software.  Window’s only.

BitPlane Imaris

Commercial image processing and analysis software which includes the handling of 3D and 4D stacks.

iVision (formerly IPLab)

Commercial microscope automation, image processing and analysis software. Mac only.


Commercial image manipulation software that is very useful for preparing images for publication and working with fluorescence images.


Free (32 bit version)/commercial (64 bit version) image processing and analysis software for 3D image stacks.  Mac and UNIX only.


Free Java based image processing and analysis software which is a reworked version of Image J that emphasizes plug-ins used with  microscopy images.

Microscopy Classes/Workshops

FLIM Workshop 2012 UBC Confocal Microscopy Class
Yale Microscopy Workshop ELMI Workshops

Scientific Grade CCD Cameras for Microscopy

Roper Scientific SPOT Imaging
Photometrics Hamamatsu
Advanced Microscopy Techniques Gatan

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