We are at the University stage 4 reopening, however we are still operating at 25% capacity and need to adhere to the personal distancing rules (6 feet apart). Our services and equipment are accessible to users. Only trained users are allowed on the equipment, and at this time we are still unable to provide personal one-on-one training on the equipment.

Sample submission:

  • To submit samples for sequencing, library preparation or microscopy, fill in the appropriate sample submission form and submit it via our web site. For sample drop off, you will need to contact and coordinate with the MCIC genomics staff or microscopy staff as our building is locked. Alternatively ship the samples to the facility.


  • Equipment is accessible to trained users. For using genetic equipment (qBit, nanodrop, biorupture, …) contact Jody Whittier.
    For scheduling time on the microscopes contact Khwannarin (Biu) Khemsom. She will provide you the link to the on line microscope scheduling calendar, where you will indicate your booking. Coordinate access to the building with the MCIC staff. At this time we are still unable to provide training to new users, however, if you have a project that needs imaging, don’t hesitate to contact us as we are more than willing to prepare samples and do the imaging for you.


  • The bioinformatics laboratory is accessible to users, however we can have only one person at the time in that space.  Contact Jelmer Poelstra to schedule time in the lab.  Jelmer is also available for bioinformatics help or any other bioinformatics question you might have. He also keeps open office zoom hours every Tuesdays from 2 - 4 pm.

Guidelines for MCIC equipment users:

  • Users and staff must adhere to current Ohio State University protocols including daily temperature checking etc. and not come to campus while experiencing any cold symptoms or following close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Mask (surgical or cloth) must be worn upon arrival, however are not required when working in an isolated room
  • Bring your own gloves. Lab gloves need to be worn when working in the lab or on any of the instrumentation
  • If MCIC staff assistance is required personal distancing rules (6 feet apart) will still apply.
  • When done, all touched work areas, including benches, keyboards, mice, equipment, etc. should be wiped down with 75% ethanol. We will provide 75% ethanol and wipes. Do not use any other type of sanitizer on the instrumentation.
  • Microscope eye pieces, must also be wiped down using 75% ethanol and Q-Tips, which will also be provided.


  1. The MCIC is pleased to welcome Dr. Jelmer Poelstra

    Jun 19, 2020

    The MCIC  is pleased to welcome Dr. Jelmer Poelstra, who will lead the bioinformatics activities at the MCIC Computational Biology Laboratory (MCBL). Dr. Poelstra has a solid knowledge in bioinformatics and computational tools for  genomic analyses, as he has been working with high throughput sequencing data for the past nine years. His disciplinary background is in population genetics. .......

  2. The MCIC is welcoming Khwannarin Khemsom

    Jun 19, 2020

    We are welcoming Khwannarin Khemsom our new microscopy research associate. Khwannarin (Biu) Khemsom graduated from Kasetsart University in Thailand majoring in Biology, earned a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and then worked as research assistant at the Center of Emerging Bacterial Infections, at the Mahidol University in Thailand. During her employment she gained experience in microbiology, molecular biology and microscopy. She was also involved in mentoring and training incoming students.

  3. New SEM at the MCIC

    Nov 12, 2019

    Our new Hitachi Schottky field emission SU5000 scanning electron microscope provides high quality nano-scale images for research in biology and material sciences. The Schottky electron source and detectors give optimal imaging and analytical data, and the novel hex technology allows for high brightness imaging also at low accelerating voltage settings.