The Confocal Imaging Core (CIC) is a shared resource laboratory serving the Cincinnati Children's research communities by providing a central location for confocal microscope instrumentation, training, and education. We offer a number of services for researchers at CCHMC.
The Confocal Imaging Core was established in 2011, and the primary mission is to provide cost-effective access to high-end imaging devices and the expertise to utilize these machines. We provide training so that users may become self-sufficient in the use of the microscopes. We also consult with researchers on experimental design and execution. We also provide access to advanced image analysis workstations running the latest image analysis software and we train users on proper methods to qualify and quantify their data.
Matt Kofron, PhD is the director of the Confocal Imaging Core. He received his PhD in 1999 from the University of Minnesota and has served as the director of the Division of Developmental Biology imaging core for over ten years. He has expertise in all imaging modalities used in the core. When not imaging, Matt's research interests include early vertebrate patterning and germ layer formation utlizing Xenopus laevis embryos.Evan Meyer is a biomedical imaging specialist, and joined the core in January of 2016. he earned his BS in Biology from Northeastern university and has research experience in both Neurosurgery here at CCHMC and in infectious disease at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Evan also is responsible for training, experimental design consultation, and analysis assistance on all systems in the core.
Mike Muntifering was the manager of the Confocal Imaging Core, from September of 2013 to September of 2018. He was responsible for training new users, protocol development, and web design.