Director: John M. Robinson, PhD

The Microscopy Shared Resource (MSR) gives researchers access to state-of-the-art microscopes and to services ranging from standard light and electron microscopy to leading-edge, live-animal, multiphoton microscopy. MSR experts support high-level cancer research with the latest microscopy techniques.

MSR’s goals

  • Assist OSUCCC – James researchers with their microscopy needs
  • Develop methods and technology that push the frontiers of cancer research
  • Foster learning and increase understanding of microscopy


Director: John M. Robinson, PhD
Assistant Director: Sara Cole, PhD
Laboratory Manager: Richard Montione, BS
Senior Electron Microscopist: Brian Kemmenoe, BS

John M. Robinson, PhD is a professor in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology in Ohio State’s College of Medicine. He also directs Ohio State’s Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility (CMIF), which enables acquisition of microscopic images required for publication in scientific journals and use in grant applications.

Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on cell biology of phagocytic leukocytes, endothelium and the placenta. He came to Ohio State in 1988 from Harvard Medical School, where he was an associate professor. Dr. Robinson received his PhD from Vanderbilt University and completed a research fellowship in pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Sara Cole, PhD has over 20 years’ experience in cancer research that has included the use of fluorescent and chromogenic labeling technologies and practical experience with wide-filed, confocal and live cell imaging techniques. Dr. Cole joined Ohio State’s Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility (CMIF) in 2010 and oversees the Visitech Infinity 3 live-cell imaging confocal and Olympus FV1000 multiphoton equipment. Recently appointed Assistant Director, shehas assumed additional administrative duties. Dr. Cole received her PhD from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Richard Montione, BS is a certified electron microscopy technologist who has decades of experience in this discipline. Mr. Montione has co-authored professional articles for peer-reviewed journals and contributed to numerous abstracts. His expertise includes transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, confocal microscopy and a variety of specialized techniques, including cryo-ultramicrotomy, cryo-TEM and image analysis. Mr. Montione joined to Ohio State in 2008, after 19 years in the Pathology Department at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Butler University.  

Brian Kemmenoe, BS brings more than 25 years of professional experience to this shared resource and is an expert in all aspects of microscopy. An expert in fluorescence microscopy using both wide-field and confocal microscopes, his research background also includes preparation of biological specimens for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Mr. Kemmenoe has lent his expertise to such organizations as Ciba Geigy Pharmaceuticals, England; the Department of Pathology, University of Auckland Medical School, New Zealand; and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. He received his bachelor’s degree in applied biology from North East London Polytechnic, England.

Contact Us

Microscopy Shared Resource
Biomedical Research Tower (BRT)
460 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Main Lab:
245 BRT

Other Labs:       
264 BRT
268 BRT

Staff Offices:
277 BRT
205 BRT
209 BRT

Phone: 614-292-9786
Fax: 614-247-8849
Email: cmif@osu.edu

Availability: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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