Cellular Imaging Core

Cellular Imaging Core

About Us

The Cellular Imaging Core provides state-of-the-art equipment in microscopy and digital imaging to investigators at CHLA. Imaging technology in modern biological research is constantly undergoing enormous advances. The acquisition, processing, analysis and storage of digital images are an important part of most biomedical research projects. The primary focus of the Core is technology transfer and provision of facilities for acquisition and analysis of histological and cytological preparations. An important aspect of this technology transfer is to provide training in the use of digital imaging devices, as well as in the application of image analysis procedures for generation of quantitative data.


The Imaging Scientist provides expert consultation on the design, execution and analysis of fixed and live cell imaging experiments. Please contact the Imaging Scientist directly to arrange access and training in the utilization of Core facilities.

Please review the general Core Use Policy.


This facility utilizes CoreConnect, a web-based core management system that supports the centralization of services and equipment scheduling, billing and usage tracking. Use of the new system is required for all core users, core leaders and core staff.

Learn More about CoreConnect

This Core participates in the CHLA Core Pilot Program. To learn more click here.

CHLA welcomes external users to utilize our Core facilities. Please contact G. Esteban Fernandez, PhD at or call 323-361-2548.

Access for Non-Hospital Researchers

Access to Cellular Imaging Core facilities for researchers at USC and other institutions can be arranged. Interested researchers should contact Esteban Fernandez, PhD, Imaging Scientist at 323-361-2548 or to inquire about availability and rates.