Optical Microscopy and Image Analysis Lab (OMAL)

Laboratory Overview

OMAL focuses its research and development activities to quantitatively understand the molecular basis of three-dimensional (3D) cell organization, motility, invasion, and differentiation using live, 3D tissue culture models (i.e., translational models).


The OMAL also ensures that NCI has advanced technology and in-depth expertise in microscopy and related areas. The Confocal Microscopy Facility offers current 3D optical (confocal and super-resolution) microscopy for imaging of living and fixed cells and tissues; computational resources for visualization and extraction of quantitative information from images.

Microscope Training

For experiment design advice and microscope training please contact:

Stephen Lockett
(301) 846-5515

Kim Peifley
(301) 846-6561

Project Submission

To submit a project please click HERE to view the project submission guidelines and to reach the project submission form.

Microscope Scheduling

NIH Users: Please see instructions for accessing the FNLCR OMAL microscope scheduling calendars. You will need to use your NIH login and password.

Contact: Laboratory Director
Stephen Lockett, PhD