Confocal image of Ranunculus mature root cross section

Open to All Academic and Industrial Researchers

The Biochemistry Optical Core (BOC) provides state-of-the-art instrumentation for light and fluorescence based microscopy, including epifluorescence, confocal, and super-resolution imaging. Established by a faculty-approved investment from the Department of Biochemistry Endowment, our goal is to serve the campus research community by providing access to and training on basic and advanced light microscopy techniques.  Expertise and advice is available for the design of experiments involving these techniques.


The BOC has recently moved to the basement floor of the Biochemical Sciences Building (440 Henry Mall).

Directions to the new location can be found with the following map:



“(Microscopy) was performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Biochemistry Optical Core, which was established with support from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Biochemistry Endowment”