East Lansing– The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) at Michigan State University has partnered with Leica Microsystems, Inc. to establish a new Center of Excellence on campus.

Located in the Bioengineering Building, the Center will feature confocal and widefield microscopy technology that will enhance researchers’ ability to capture images at the cellular and subcellular levels with molecular specificity in live and fixed tissue samples. It will also provide access to expert technical and applications support, with the aim of providing a collaborative environment for imaging-based projects at MSU.

“Advanced imaging technologies are a core competence of the IQ, and the recognition by Leica as a Center of Excellence is an honor and will help advance scientific inquiry across multiple fields of integrative sciences,” says Dr. Christopher Contag, Director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at MSU.

“At Leica Microsystems we are actively seeking to collaborate with leading research institutions. Michigan State scientists are world-renowned and their dedication to advancing our understanding of the mechanisms of life is truly inspiring,” said Douglas Giszczynski, Director of Academic Programs, Leica Microsystems Americas. “We at Leica Microsystems are proud that they have chosen us as collaborators on this road to discovery.”

A virtual celebration will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:00 AM to mark the opening of the center to the public.