The West Imaging Core (IC) was launched in 2014 with the intention of providing access to shared microscopy resources to support the Yale’s research. The IC provides access and training to a broad collection of shared microscopes and lab support areas for cell culture and sample preparation. The mission of the IC is to support and accelerate on-going research and to provide suitable space for incremental additions of high-value shared instrumentation.
Dr. Vladimir Polejaev manages day-to-day operations in the Core. Vlad is responsible for training new users, helping with experimental design, and coordinating instrument reservations. All users are required to demonstrate basic knowledge of instrument operation prior to unsupervised use of the instrument. Instrument usage is scheduled and monitored via a reservation website, time on the instruments is charged, which varies by the type of instrument and experiment.