Cell Biology & Physiology

Electron Microscopy Facility

Electron Microscopy Facility

The HSC Electron Microscopy Facility in Albuquerque is open to staff, students, faculty and others who would like to use the equipment for research.


  • Hitachi HT7700 TEM with a dual-mode objective lens to optimize for either high-contrast or high-resolution imaging, a tilt stage and digital imaging. Associated software can provide image stitching and tomographic reconstruction.
  • Zeiss Sigma FE-SEM with digital imaging. The microscope is equipped with detectors for secondary electron imaging, STEM-in-SEM, backscattered electron imaging, and an in-lens detector for high-resolution imaging.
  • Preparative equipment, including ultramicrotomes and associated equipment for resin-embedded samples, CPD unit, carbon evaporator, and other ancillary lab equipment are also housed in the facility.


Many users prepare and image their own samples, but sample preparation for EM can be very time-consuming. We can assist by preparing and/or imaging samples. Contact the manager to discuss your project.


New users who wish to be trained to use the facility equipment should contact us to discuss project needs and to schedule training. The manager is available to assist with instrument and/or sample questions once training is completed. Users who demonstrate a suitable level of proficiency and responsibility may be allowed to use the facility after hours or on weekends.

Please include the following acknowledgement on any publications that use data collected at the facility:

“Data were generated in the HSC-Electron Microscopy Facility, which is supported by The University of New Mexico Health Sciences.”

Fees and scheduling

The electron microscopes are billed at $25/hour beam time. Tech service time is also $25/hour
The electron microscopes are billed at $70/hour beam time for non-UNM users. Tech service for non-UNM users is $50/hour
The facility is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5 pm. Trained users will be given access to the on-line scheduling calendar

HSC-Electron Microscopy Facility


Tamara Howard


(505) 272-0559 (EM lab phone)

(505) 272-5637 (Voice Mail)