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Christian Combs, Ph.D.

Core Director


Christian Combs, Ph.D., is the director of the Light Microscopy Core Facility at the NHLBI.




To assist investigators in experiments involving light microscopy with state-of-the-art equipment, training, and image processing capabilities.

Image Analysis Software

Metamorph, Hyugens, Imaris, FIJI, and Custon Programming


Bldg. 10

  • Zeiss 780 Confocal Microscope (inverted)
  • Zeiss 880 Confocal Microscope (inverted)
  • Leica SP8 STED 3X/Confocal Microscope
  • Leica SP5 Two-Photon/Confocal Miscroscope (inverted)
  • Nikon Wide-Field Microscope (upright)
  • Leica MZFL111 (dissecting) Microscope
  • Zeiss Apotome Microscope
  • Visitech Instant Structured Illumination Microscope (iSIM)

Bldg. 50 

  • Zeiss LSM 510 confocorr2 (FCS) Microscope with micro injector
  • Zeiss 5 LIVE Confocal Microscope
  • Zeiss LSM 710 2-Photon Microscope
  • Zeiss LSM 780 Confocal Microscope
  • Zeiss LSM 880-AiryScan Microscope
  • Zeiss Stereomicroscope  (SteREO Discovery V12)
  • Zeiss up-right Axioplan Microscope
  • Nikon A1R Confocal Microscope
  • Nikon N-STORM Super-resolution Microscope
  • GE OMX 3D SIM Super-resolution Microscope with Ring-TIRF/OMX SR
  • Olympus IX 81 TIRF microscope
  • Olympus XI81 with CSU-X1 spinning disk confocal and customer-made Laser Trap


Sun N, Yun J, Liu J, Malide D, Liu C, Rovira II, Holmström KM, Fergusson MM, Yoo YH, Combs CA, Finkel T
Mol Cell 2015 Nov 19;60(4):685-96.