Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

at the University of Washington

Lynn and Mike Garvey Cell Imaging Lab

The Garvey Imaging Lab is self-service. Consideration for other users and responsible use of the equipment are absolutely essential. Users lacking such consideration will lose their privileges at the Garvey Cell Imaging Lab (GCI Lab).

Only trained users may operate equipment in the GCI Lab. Every user must be trained by a GCI Lab Manager on each instrument they wish to use. See the Forewarned is Forearmed policy page.

In consideration of other user's safety, you must inform the Garvey Lab Managers of any health risks associated with work done in the Garvey Lab. Living human cell lines and primary cultures may be considered BSL-2 specimens -- see BSL-2 definition. See the BSL-2 policies page for more information. Fixed human tissues and primary cultures are BSL-1 and require no special documentation.

Reservations for using the equipment are made on the sign-up calendar on a first-come, first-served basis. Adhere to schedule as closely as possible. Users over 30 minutes late forfeit the rest of their time for that session on the instrument. If you must cancel a scheduled session then 1. remove your name from the sign-up calendar ASAP AND 2. if you are canceling within 3 hours of your start time then notify the next person on the schedule. No-shows that keep other users blocked from reserving time may be restricted in their ability to sign up for future time on the instruments. See the Forewarned is Forearmed policy page.

Due to increased demand for the Nikon A1 confocal microscope we are no longer able to accommodate sessions longer than 3 hours between 9 am to 6 pm. If you need longer sessions on the confocal you will need to schedule at least part of long sessions for after hours.

Check the calendar when you are done to determine whether to leave the instrument running. If you are the last person signed up for the day and you must cancel, let the previous user or Garvey Lab Managers know. Leaving an instrument running over night or over the weekend may result in reduced access to the instrument. See the Forewarned is Forearmed policy page.

Images should not be stored long term on the acquisition computers -- any computer interfaced to a camera and/or microscope. Images will be retained for up to 2 months or until more space is required for image acquisition. Be aware that these computers are not backed up and that ALL DATA is subject to loss due to hard disk drive failure.  Therefore, all users are responsible for backing up their own data and any images on the acquisition computers are subject to deletion, without warning, as needed to make space for new image acquisition.

Clean up after you are done. This includes cleaning objectives, counter tops, covering the microscope and removing all your materials. See the Forewarned is Forearmed policy page.

For questions regarding these policies check with the Garvey lab managers or the GIC lab oversight committee on the Contacts page.