Electron Microscopy Core Facility

The Electron Microscopy Core Facility in the University of Colorado School of Medicine is a multi-user/service facility which provides biological-biomedical researchers with instrumentation and image analysis on a recharge basis. We welcome investigators from all academic institutions and private sectors.

We offer full specimen preparation and imaging services. Our services include: specimen preparation for electron microscopy studies including negative staining, plastic embedding, ultramicrotome and immunogold. For more information, please contact the core director, Anza Darehshouri (anza.darehshouri@cuanschutz.edu).

Our Team

Anza Darehshouri, PhD


Anza Darehshouri, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Mei Li image

Electron Microscopist:

Mei Li
Research Services Professional


  • Thermo Fisher Tecnai G12 BioTwin equipped with a side-mount XR80 (8mp) CCD AMT camera and a low-mount NS15B (15mp) sCMOS AMT Camera
  • Leica Ultracut EM UC7 equipped with a Leica EM FC7 Cryo Chamber
  • Pelco Glow Discharge Unit
  • Carbon Evaporator
  • Pelco UV Cryochamber

How to Start a Project

You can find us at https://cu.corefacilities.org/service_center/5859?tab=about.

To begin a new project, select the Request Services tab, click on “initiate request” button, enter necessary information, and hit "submit." As soon as we have your request, we will contact you to schedule a time to meet and discuss your project.

If you do not have an iLab account, you could complete the registration form on the sign-up page and receive a Welcome Email from iLab with login credentials.

User Fees

The Electron Microscopy Core Facility is a research instrumentation and service facility, open to state, university, and outside users. Instrument use and technician services are available on a recharge fee basis. Charges help defray costs of the service contract, maintenance, salaries and supplies.

Staff Assistance $104 / hour $114 / hour
EM Beam Time $84 / hour $92 / hour
Thick and Thin Sectioning & Post Staining $245 / sample $270 / sample
Sample Preparation >4 samples $130 / sample $143 / sample


Anza Darehshouri, PhD

Office: 303-724-3098

Lab: 303-724-3450

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
12801 E. 17th Ave., RC-1 South
Office: L18-11123
Lab: L18-1207
Aurora, CO 80045

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