Electron Microscopy Core Facility


The Electron Microscopy core is a centralized facility operated by full-time, experienced staff and open to all St. Jude investigators. We offer specialized services and an array of instruments for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Services are strongly subsidized and include assistance with experimental design, sample preparation, image acquisition, image analysis, quantification, presentation, and publication. Experts are available to provide one-on-one consultations and training for investigators interested in learning new techniques.

We offer investigators the ability to harness electron microscopy approaches for a wide variety of biological questions. 


  • Energy dispersive spectroscopy
  • Secondary ion microscopy
  • Back-scattered electron microscopy
  • Secondary electron microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Ion ablation serial block face 3D EM
  • Ultramicrotomy serial block face 3D EM
  • Tilt series transmission electron tomography

Selected Publications

Aldiri I, Xu B, Wang L, Chen X, Hiler D, Griffiths L, Valentine M, Shirinifard A, Thiagarajan S, Sablauer A, Barabas ME, Zhang J, Johnson D, Frase S, Zhou X, Easton J, Zhang J, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Dyer MA. The dynamic epigenetic landscape of the retina during development, reprogramming, and tumorigenesis. Neuron 94(3):550-568.e10, 2017.

Corbin DR, Rehg JE, Shepherd DL, Stoilov P, Percifield RJ, Horner L, Frase S, Zhang YM, Rock CO, Hollander JM, Jackowski S, Leonardi R. Excess coenzyme A reduces skeletal muscle performance and strength in mice overexpressing human PANK2. Mol Genet Metab 120(4):350-362, 2017.

Man SM, Karki R, Sasai M, Place DE, Kesavardhana S, Temirov J, Frase S, Zhu Q, Malireddi RK, Kuriakose T, Peters JL, Neale G, Brown SA, Yamamoto M, Kanneganti TD. IRGB10 liberates bacterial ligands for sensing by the AIM2 and caspase-11-NLRP3 inflammasomes. Cell 167(2):382-396.e17, 2016.

Fukuda Y, Cheong PL, Lynch J, Brighton C, Frase S, Kargas V, Rampersaud E, Wang Y, Sankaran VG, Yu B, Ney PA, Weiss MJ, Vogel P, Bond PJ, Ford RC, Trent RJ, Schuetz JD. The severity of hereditary porphyria is modulated by the porphyrin exporter and Lan antigen ABCB6. Nat Commun 7:12353, 2016.

Diouf B, Devaraju P, Janke LJ, Fan Y, Frase S, Eddins D, Peters JL, Kim J, Pei D, Cheng C, Zakharenko SS, Evans WE. Msh2 deficiency leads to dysmyelination of the corpus callosum, impaired locomotion, and altered sensory function in mice. Sci Rep 6:30757, 2016.

Campos Y, Qiu X, Gomero E, Wakefield R, Horner L, Brutkowski W, Han YG, Solecki D, Frase S, Bongiovanni A, d'Azzo A. Alix-mediated assembly of the actomyosin-tight junction polarity complex preserves epithelial polarity and epithelial barrier. Nat Commun 7:11876, 2016.

Liu Z, Man SM, Zhu Q, Vogel P, Frase S, Fukui Y, Kanneganti TD. DOCK2 confers immunity and intestinal colonization resistance to Citrobacter rodentium infection. Sci Rep 6:27814, 2016.

Quarato G, Guy CS, Grace CR, Llambi F, Nourse A, Rodriguez DA, Wakefield R, Frase S, Moldoveanu T, Green DR. Sequential Engagement of Distinct MLKL Phosphatidylinositol-Binding Sites Executes Necroptosis. Mol Cell 61:(4):589-601, 2016.

Milasta S, Dillon CP, Sturm OE, Verbist KC, Brewer TL, Quarato G, Brown SA, Frase S, Janke LJ, Perry SS, Thomas PG, Green DR. Apoptosis-inducing-factor-dependent mitochondrial function is required for T cell but not B cell function. Immunity 44:(1):88-102, 2016.

Morgan JA, Lynch J, Panetta JC, Wang Y, Frase S, Bao J, Zheng J, Opferman JT, Janke L, Green DM, Chemaitilly W, Schuetz JD. Apoptosome activation, an important molecular instigator in 6-mercaptopurine induced Leydig cell death. Sci Rep 5:16488, 2015.

Cheepala SB, Pitre A, Fukuda Y, Takenaka K, Zhang Y, Wang Y, Frase S, Pestina T, Gartner TK, Jackson C, Schuetz JD. The ABCC4 membrane transporter modulates platelet aggregation. Blood 126:(20):2307-2319, 2015.

Zhang Y, Li F, Wang Y, Pitre A, Fang ZZ, Frank MW, Calabrese C, Krausz KW, Neale G, Frase S, Vogel P, Rock CO, Gonzalez FJ, Schuetz JD. Maternal bile acid transporter deficiency promotes neonatal demise. Nat Commun 6:8186, 2015.

Yamashita T, Hakizimana P, Wu S, Hassan A, Jacob S, Temirov J, Fang J, Mellado-Lagarde M, Gursky R, Horner L, Leibiger B, Leijon S, Centonze VE, Berggren PO, Frase S. Auer M, Brownell WE, Fridberger A, Zuo J. Outer hair cell lateral wall structure constrains the mobility of plasma membrane proteins. PLoS Genet 11:(9):e1005500, 2015.

Hiler D, Chen X, Hazen J, Kupriyanov S, Carroll PA, Qu C, Xu B, Johnson D, Griffiths L, Frase S, Rodriguez AR, Martin G, Zhang J, Jeon J, Fan Y, Finkelstein D, Eisenman RN, Baldwin K, Dyer MA. Quantification of retinogenesis in 3D cultures reveals epigenetic memory and higher efficiency in iPSCs derived from rod photoreceptors. Cell Stem Cell 17:(1):101-115, 2015.