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Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory

Student using microscope, SRNML.

Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory

The Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory, the core microscopy facility of the University of Oklahoma-Norman, offers access to instrumentation, training, and service.

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

In addition to instrument access, SRNML personnel offer advice, hands-on training, education, and research collaboration. We have a range of sample preparation equipment available; our staff work with users and provide training. The SRNML aims to promote, enable, and encourage cutting-edge education and research using the core’s instrumentation. Please see our Using SRNML page to get started, and don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Sample prep, Imaging and Analysis, Data analysis  



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For Students

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Acknowledgement of Facility Use

In addition to acknowledgement or co-authorship resulting from technical support and collaboration with SRNML personnel, published data resulting from facility use should include an acknowledgement such as, "Microscopy data collection was performed at the Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory, an OU core facility supported by the Vice President for Research and Partnerships".

Submit your published manuscripts with SRNML acknowledgement or co-authorship to to receive $100 credit towards future facility use.

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March 28, 2024

2024 OMS Kids Night with Microscopes

Join us in Norman for a fun-filled evening for kids and curious people of all ages! The Oklahoma Microscopy Society Kids Night with Microscopes is a free event for the community. See the event webpage for details and to register. Play with all kinds of microscopes, 3D printing, rocks and crystals, and learn about all kinds of ways to look at our world in new ways. Tell your friends on Facebook. Looking forward to see you there!

January 18, 2024

ThermoFisher Tundra cryo-TEM to be installed early 2024

Oklahoma's first dedicated cryo-TEM will be installed at OU-Norman's Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center early in 2024. The world's first commercial 100 kV field-emission TEM, it is specially designed to facilitate single particle analysis of biological molecules. The Tundra has a special loading station to maintain samples prepared by plunge-freezing locked in a film of vitreous ice to preserve the molecules' configurations in solution. The instrument also features automation software that will allow rapid formation of a sample 'atlas', where regions of interest can be selected for further detailed automated imaging.