The Clemson Light Imaging Facility (CLIF) is a multi-user core facility located on the main campus of Clemson University. Directed by Dr. Terri Bruce, the imaging facility houses a number of advanced light microscopes, including a Leica SP8X Multiphoton spectral confocal microscope, a suite of Nikon microscopes, and a Zeiss LSM 510 confocal microscope. Additionally, the CLIF features cell sorting equipment, a multi-user specimen preparation laboratory, and a dedicated classroom, which seats 20 people. The specimen preparation area houses all the equipment necessary for sample preparation, including a cell culture hood, incubators, a chemical fume hood, and specimen rotators. Users also have access to common equipment, including automatic dishwashers, autoclaves, and cold rooms.
The top priorities of the Clemson Light Imaging Facility are education and research support. With all new users, an initial consultation is held, during which the facility manager meets with the client to discuss the details of the project. Dr. Bruce has an extensive background in engineering materials and biology. By drawing on this experience, she is able to assist in tailoring a project from sample preparation to image acquisition and analysis, in order to meet the specific needs of the client.