Who can become a registered user of the HCBI?

The Harvard Center for Biological Imaging is open to the entire Harvard Community as well as all external academic and commercial researchers.

How can I register to use the HCBI?

Steps 1-4 can be completed in unison -

  1. Contact Doug Richardson ( to arrange a time to discuss your project.
  2. Download and complete the Project Registration Form (all users).
  3. Download and complete the  Memorandum of Understanding (external and affiliate users only).
  4. Email or drop off completed forms to
  5. You will receive a registration confirmation email from Sarah Elwell or Connor Crowley outlining the process to obtain a Harvard ID (if required), a research computing account (if required), and request a billing/expense code from your lab administrator.
  6. Once your expense code is in place, and you have a sample prepared, log into SPINAL to see when the microscope is free.  Reserve 2-3 hours on the microscope as well as on a training calendar. For confocal, Axio Zoom, Axio Scan and Cell Observer training, reserve with Dave or Sebastian. For Lightsheet reserve with Sebastian or Doug. For advanced techniques, reserve on Doug's calendar. Note: Dave is only available Monday and Tuesday.
  7. Send Dave, Sebastian, or Doug an email to say you've reserved a training slot, which microscope it's on, and what kind of sample you're bringing.
  8. Within 30 days (and prior to being granted after-hours access) you must complete Commercial Laser Microscope safety training. Please log into EH&S' Training Management System to complete this online training.
  9. After-hours access must be requested separately via email to after all required safety trainings have been completed.

For a table outlining the HCBI fee structure click here.

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