UTSA Biophotonics Core

Overview of Services

The mission of the 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.


Sandra Cardona, Ph.D. | Core Manager


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 3.108-1


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

New User Access

  • External Customers (Non-UTSA) – Please complete the UTSA External Agreement Form (Pertains to: UT System/In-Network, Higher-Ed/Non-Profit, & Commercial/Industry)

*Please submit all completed forms to: iLab@utsa.edu


Links and Resources

  1. Biophotonics Core
  2. Research Core Facilities
  3. UTSA Research Homepage


Name Role Phone Email Location
Sandra Cardona
Core Manager
(210) 458-4089
BSE 3.108-1