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Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory (SRNML)

The Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory, the core imaging facility of the University of Oklahoma, is a central shared use facility offering access to instrumentation, training, and service using advanced light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Our mission is to provide cost-effective, safe, and efficient access to core imaging and analytical characterization to members of the OU community and beyond. We welcome all OU-Norman, OUHSC, and OMRF student, faculty, and staff researchers at our centralized location the OU-Norman main campus.

In addition to instrument access, SRNML staff offer advice, hands-on training, education and research collaboration. The SRNML aims to promote, enable, and encourage cutting-edge education and research using the core’s instrumentation.

Clients from other universities, foundations and industry are welcome to use this equipment as well, and such work may be done on an invoice or contract basis.

We have a range of sample preparation equipment available; our staff work with users and provide training. Please see our equipment and getting started pages for more information, and don’t hesitate to contact us.

SRNML open for remote assisted use / qualified operators

All users: Follow new registration procedures on our Lab usage page for each user and each project. Submit a (1) user registration, (2) signed MOU (or email from PI is acceptable), and (3) project form.

Summary of COVID-19 operation procedures - 5-26-20

For qualified users (researchers who will operate the equipment themselves):

  • Contact the imaging scientist to arrange for a consultation either by phone or Zoom. When relevant, send appropriate journal articles in advance giving examples of what work will be done. During the consultation discuss
    • Goals of the experiment / analysis
    • Considerations of safe/ appropriate specimen storage, handling, and disposal
    • Specimen preparation
    • What instrument / imaging support will be needed
    • Scheduling: to work with SRNML personnel schedules and assure social distancing can be maintained
    • Discuss appropriate PPE and procedures for your visit
  • Use a non-contact thermometer station (follow posted instructions) in NML 205, the NEON room, or upon entering Richards Hall before starting any work. If your temperature is elevated then you should self-quarantine and call for medical assistance ((405) 325-8732).
  • During the visit, consult with SRNML personnel via phone or videochat with any questions
  • Inform SRNML personnel when you are finished; provide any relevant details about instrument status and performance
  • SRNML personnel will disinfect spaces; follow guidance for leaving the space as discussed during your consultation

For the case of assisted imaging (SRNML personnel operate the equipment):

  • Contact the imaging scientist to arrange for a consultation either by phone or Zoom. When relevant, send appropriate journal articles in advance giving examples of what work will be done. During the consultation discuss
    • Goals of the experiment / analysis
    • Considerations of safe/ appropriate specimen storage, handling, and disposal
    • Specimen preparation
    • What to look for in each sample for collecting the necessary data
    • Make arrangements for leaving the samples (when/ where) without needing personal contact
  • When dropping off your samples, provide clear labels with your full name, date, and documentation of specimen identity
  • As arranged in the consultation, an option is to participate in the imaging session via Zoom
  • Data will be sent electronically
  • Samples will be stored or disposed of according to the consultation

SRNML Personnel and Contact Info

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Dr. Andy Elwood Madden

Director, Schultz Chair of Geosciences

General Inquiries
Email: amadden@ou.edu

 

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Dr. Tingting Gu

Associate Director for Advanced Light Microscopy

Contact for Light Microscopy
Email: tingting.gu-1@ou.edu

 

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Dr. Preston Larson

Research Associate for Electron Microscopy

Contact for Scanning Electron Microscopy
Email: plarson@ou.edu

 

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Dr. Julian Sabisch

Research Scientist for Electron Microscopy

Contact for Transmission Electron Microscopy
Email: jsabisch@ou.edu