Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) Microscopy & Image Analysis Core (MIAC)

provides protein/RNA imaging and analysis for diabetes-related research


Carol Elias, PhD

David A. Antonetti, PhD

Stephen Lentz, PhD


Brehm Tower (Rm 6245)
1000 Wall St, Ann Arbor, MI

Med Sci II (Rm 7732B)
1137 Catherine St, Ann arbor, MI

Medical School

Who We Serve

University of Michigan Researchers

Core Summary

Microscopy and Image Analysis Core (MIAC) of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). The MIAC provides state-of-the-art protein and RNA imaging to enhance the diabetes-related research at the University of Michigan. The MIAC provides expertise, advice training and equipment for microscopic and morphometric analysis of both protein and RNA in biologic samples in support of research focused on diabetes and its complications or related endocrine and metabolic disorders. The MIAC provides access to a wide variety of microscopy and imaging equipment that otherwise would be beyond the scope and resources of most investigators. The overwhelming majority of MDRC investigators who require such techniques rely on the MIAC to provide them and their staff with expert consultation, training and support for routine and advanced microscopy and image analysis for protein and RNA morphometric studies.

Service Categories: Histology, Pathology and Tissue; Imaging


  • Imaging Laboratory
    Access to Widefield and Confocal Microscopes for Fixed and Live Cells and Tissues, Access to Windows PC Workstations for Image Analysis, Consultation and Training for Image Analysis, Consultation and Training for Widefield and Confocal Microscopy,

  • In Situ Hybridization Laboratory
    Complete ISH procedure (hybridization and signal detection), Consultation, Data analysis, Dual label ISH / immunohistochemistry, Probe labeling by in vitro transcription, Tissue processing,


  • Image analysis workstations
  • Leica Stellaris 8 Resonant FALCON Confocal Microscope Stellaris 8
    Leica Microsystems, Equipment Available For Use
  • Nikon A1 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope A1
    Nikon Instruments, Equipment Available For Use