Negative stain EM of IgG

Image of Cryo-EM tomography

Cryo-EM slice of fruit fly cell mitochondria

Photo of the Krios in the factory

UW-Madison Krios at the factory in Eindhoven

Photo of members of the Cryo-EM team

Teaching students about cryo-EM

Frozen-hydrated β-galactosidase

Cryo-EM grid square map

Cryo-EM grid low magnification montage

Apoferritin at 1.9 Angstrom

Cryo-FIB milled yeast

Nano-scale Bucky Badgers!

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Cryo-FIB milled HeLa cell with slice from 3D tomogram.

SARS-CoV-2 spike.

The UW-Madison Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center (CEMRC) is a research facility located in the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Complex on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The UW-Madison CEMRC is dedicated to providing instrumentation, technical assistance, training, and access to cryo-EM for the UW-Madison research community. The CEMRC manages and operates four Thermo Scientific cryo-microscopes for data collection by single particle, tomography, and micro-ED. The microscopes are overseen by experienced staff who offer consultation and training in negative-stain and vitrified sample preparation, single particle analysis, tomography, data processing and additional computational support.

The UW-Madison CEMRC welcomes investigators from other universities and industry.

The UW-Madison Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center (CEMRC) is a cross-campus initiative led by a coalition of partners including the Department of Biochemistry, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the Morgridge Institute for Research, the UW Carbone Cancer Center, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, and the College of Engineering Nanoscale Imaging and Analysis Center.

Cryo-EM @ UW

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Project development

If you are interested in starting a project, please fill out and email us the project and sample submission forms. We will then schedule a time with you to meet and discuss your project.



The CEMRC uses iLab to track your projects.

To log into your iLab account with your netID, use the following link.

To access and schedule equipment time and staff support on CEMRC iLab calendars, please refer to this guide. iLab_access_calendars

To access your imaging data using Globus, please refer to this guide.


Please email us at:, General Information

Elizabeth Wright, Director
Keith Thompson, Project Manager
Matthew Larson, Systems Administrator

Office hours: Thursdays at 9:00 am Central Time via Zoom. Walk-up appointments available upon request.

Shipping Address:

Cryo-EM Research Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
440 Henry Mall, Rm. 1220
Madison, WI 53706


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