Marsico Hall Microscopy Folk (

The Hooker Microscopy Facility is located in the UNC School of Medicine

Booking Calendars - go to

At the University of North Carolina



  • Cisco AnyConnect version 4.10.06090, or later, is now required to connect to the campus VPN.  This version requires Windows 8 or later or Mac OS 10.14 or later to run.
  • The Olympus VS200 slide scanner software has been upgraded to version 3.4.1 on May 19, 2023
  • Please update your OlyVIA viewer software to version 4.1 or later.
  • Slide Tray 1 should now work in the system.
  • Tray 2 is still removed from service and will be replaced.
  • The Leica Stellaris5 Confocal - WLL is now starting reliably.
    • Hygiene Quick Guide:
      • UNC Employee daily Wellness Check
      • Wash hands with soap and water before and after using a system.
      • Fresh disposable gloves are OK. Please bring your own. Dispose of gloves when leaving area.
      • 70% alcohol is for gently wiping down with paper towel (not spraying) the keyboard, stage, mouse, joy stick and counter top. Never spray near or on the microscope!
      • Microscope rubber parts can be cleaned with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
      • On scopes with eye pieces remove rubber cups and use spectacles or light weight safety goggles.
      • Dispose of wipes. DO NOT leave them on the bench.
      • Take slides, boxes, etc. with you when done so that bench area can be easily wiped down.
    Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility web site - historical and informational  


    • Marsico Hall 7th floor
    • Thurston Bowles building room 6024

    Contacting MHMF

    • Michael 919-912-9380  voice/text

    Booking Time on a Resource

    Confocal First Light - mixed pollen grains 

    5 Channels - CY2  CY3  CY3.5  CY5  CY7

    Excitation - White Light Laser 20x 0.75NA

    Magenta Darkfield
    Yellow Confocal reflection
    Blue DAPI
    Green Fluorescence
    40x 1.25 NA adjusted to ~0.7

    Confocal scan 40x NA 0.6


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    Last updated  08/07/23