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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 5, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 29
Cell Microscopy Center Opens on Montgomery County Campus

The university has opened an Integrated Imaging Center for live cell imaging on its Montgomery County Campus. The center provides a variety of advanced and specialized light and fluorescence microscopic facilities and services that play an important role in research and discovery and are available to researchers in the local business, research and government communities on a fee-for-use basis.

Gary Brooker, a research professor in the Krieger School's Department of Biology, will direct the center. Brooker founded and previously served as CEO and chief scientific officer of Atto Instruments (now known as Atto Bioscience), a Rockville, Md., company that provides equipment and reagents for high-performance bioimaging solutions.

Features of the 1,500-square-foot center include a state-of-the-art automated, fluorescence confocal microscope, as well as another confocal cell imaging workstation. The automated microscope has the ability to image single cell reactions in real time at the cellular and subcellular level in cells in multi-well plates. Researchers can screen thousands of compounds per day with the system. The center also has other equipment useful for drug discovery and research, including a microinjection microscopic workstation, facilities for fluorescence spectroscopy, and other ancillary lab and cell culture equipment. Method development, image analysis and consultation services are also available.

The center is a component of the university's Integrated Imaging Center in Baltimore. "Establishment of the IIC at the Montgomery County Campus provides an important infrastructure in the Washington area that supports the research mission of Johns Hopkins University," said Gary Ostrander, associate provost for research.

The IIC is located on the third floor of the Academic and Research Building. Researchers who wish to use the IIC should contact Brooker at 301-294-7003 or go to

Established in 1988 in the heart of suburban Maryland's biotechnology and information technology corridor, JHU's Montgomery County Campus serves 5,000 full- and part-time students in more than 60 degree and certificate programs. For more information, go to or call 301-294-7000.


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