About Us

The NIC is a private-public partnership between Nikon Instruments Inc. and the University of California, San Diego. The Center, a public-private venture between Nikon Instruments, Inc. and UC San Diego, joins two existing NICs at Northwestern University and Harvard University. Nikon Instruments has donated five cutting-edge microscope systems to the center to allow researchers from Health Sciences, the Division of Biological Sciences and the Division of Physical Sciences to access this equipment for a modest hourly fee rather than a large capital investment. The NIC is located on the fourth floor of the Leichtag Family Foundation Biomedical Research Building in rooms 470 and 471.

The NIC is managed by Eric Griffis. Eric received a BS in biology and chemistry form Marshall Univeristy and completed a Ph.D. studying nuclear transport with Maureen Powers at Emory University. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Ron Vale working on cell division and migration at UCSF, he took a faculty position at the University of Dundee in 2010. In 2016, he returned to the US, and worked at the NINDS for a year before taking a position as an applications manager for Nikon Instruments Incorporated. Eric has had the good fortune over the years to work with some outstanding microscopists such as Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Mats Gustafsson, and Jason Swedlow, which has fuelled his love of cutting-edge quantitative imaging.

Daphne Bindels is the assistant director of the NIC. She completed her bachelor’s and masters degrees at the University of Amsterdam. She did her doctoral work with Dorus Gadella where she worked on optimizing the fluorescent protein mScarlet. After a year of working as a postdoc developing new fluorescent proteins with Nathan Shaner at the Scintillon Institute in San Diego, she moved to the NIC in March of 2019.

Professor Samara Reck-Peterson is the faculty director of the NIC, and the  oversight committee includes Professors Jin Zhang, Cornelis Murre, Arshad Desai, and Don Cleveland.


Corporate Partners

We would like to thank the following for providing the NIC with state-of-the-art equipment.


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