Electron Microscopy Laboratory

Overview of Services

The Electron Microscopy Laboratory offers the tools and technical expertise for research and training in microscopy with both light and electron microscopes. We maintain and operate electron microscopes (TEM and SEM with EDS), a confocal laser scanning microscope, and the ancillary equipment needed for the preparation of specimens for EM and other microscopy. Our multiple light microscopes encompass optics for bright-field, phase-contrast, differential-interference, and fluorescence imaging.

Technical Services:

• Microscope operation—full operation of all electron and light microscopes.
• Specimen preservation by chemical and microwave-enhanced fixation.
• Specimen embedment in media suitable for TEM or light microscopy.
• Critical-point-drying of specimens for SEM.
• Metal coating of specimens by evaporative or sputter technology.
• Consulting on techniques of microscopy


Christopher Boynton
Interim Director of CORE

Megan Tardif
SR Financial Manager of CORE

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday 
8 AM - 4:30 PM  

11 Murray Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

Links and Resources

  1. Electron Microscopy Core Website


Name Role Phone Email Location
Kelly Edwards
Manager, Electron Microscopy Laboratory
11 Murray Hall