UTSA Biophotonics Core

Overview of Services

The mission of the RCMI Biophotonics Core is to provide cutting edge technology for the study and manipulation of biological samples using light. A state‐of‐the‐art inverted confocal/multi‐photon system by Zeiss, complete with oxygen and temperature control, permits long‐term in‐depth imaging of live tissues. Our instrumentation also includes technology to probe at the molecular level for protein‐protein interactions within live samples. The core partners with the RCMI Computational Systems Biology Core to create a data acquisition and analysis pipeline that ensures a streamlined and seamless workflow for researchers. To ensure that the full potential of core technology is realized, the Biophotonics Core provides personal training in the use of all instrumentation, as well as the latest methods of data analysis.


Astrid Cardona, Ph.D. | Core Director


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

8:00am - 5:00pm *   


*After hours time requests must be submitted to the Core Director at least one week in Advance                     

University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building
Room 3.108

Core Acknowledgment

All publications derived as a result of the usage of core instrumentation must acknowledge the RCMI grant and be registered with PubMed Central. Please state your acknowledgement as:


This project was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (G12MD007591) from the National Institutes of Health.

User Responsibilities

- Sign up in the log book (user name, PI name, hours of use, problems/comments)
∙ Properly shut down and clean the instrument if core manager is not present to do so
∙ Remove all waste and leave the room in its original condition
∙ Immediately report any problems

Links and Resources

  1. RCMI Biophotonics Core


Name Role Phone Email Location
Astrid Cardona
Core Director
(210) 458-5071
MBT 1.216
Sandra Cardona
Core Manager
(210) 458-4089
BSE 3.108-1

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