Established in 1973, the Central Microscopy Research Facility (CMRF), under the Office of the Vice President for Research, serves investigators from all areas of the University.
The facility provides instrumentation and technical assistance to research programs involving the use of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, light microscopy and confocal microscopy, freeze fracture and x-ray microanalysis. The CMRF also provides all solutions, supplies, and training necessary for investigators involving microtomy, including specialized staining and embedding techniques, negative staining, metal coating, autoradiography, cryo-fixation, and cryomicrotomy, enzyme cytochemistry, immuno-cytochemistry, morphometry and stereology, the preparation of material science samples for both TEM and SEM including x-ray microanalysis and other procedures. A library containing texts and a review of various applications of transmission and scanning electron microscopy is also available.
The CMRF serves both the experienced and novice investigator, and provides training for those in need. The facility is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. http://www.uiowa.edu/~cmrf/