Douglas Cromey, M.S.

Co-Director/manager of the Cellular Imaging Facility Core
Researcher/Scientist IV, Research, Innovation & Impact
Office: Life Sciences North 463 (map)
Voice: (520) 626-2824
FAX: (520) 626-2097
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Mr. Cromey was hired in the first year that the SWEHSC was funded (1994). He has over 40 years of hands-on experience with clinical and research microscopy (electron microscopy, light microscopy, confocal, superresolution, live cell imaging, & image analysis). Mr. Cromey is the person to contact for SWEHSC investigators and their lab staff that need assistance with microscopy and imaging.

In addition to his responsabilities with the SWEHSC, Mr. Cromey is the co-manager for the RII Imaging Cores - Optical, training & supporting users for the superresolution fluorescence microscope (Zeiss Eyra S.1) and the multi-function brightfield/fluorescence widefield microscope (Leica DMI6000). In the past he has managed a histology service lab in the Dept of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, a confocal & multiphoton/confocal facility for Arizona Research Labs, and several microscopes for the UA Cancer Center's TACMASR shared resource.

Mr. Cromey is actively involved in providing training and training materials for users. He has created a collection of web pages that are educational resources about different types of microscopy, written a number of handouts that are available online, spoken at local workshops & national meetings on the topic of digital imaging ethics, and much more.

Mr. Cromey was recognized with the 2014 University of Arizona Award for Excellence. In 2021 he was nominated for the University of Arizona's Billy Joe Varney award which "recognizes outstanding performance by dedicated and committed University employees for a career of at least 15 years of service."

Stephen Wright, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Cellular Imaging Facility Core
Investigator, Center for Toxicology
Member, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Dept. of Physiology
Office: Medical Research Building 426
Voice: (520) 626-4253
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Dr. Wright’s research focuses on determining the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the kidney transports toxic compounds. His background as a marine biologist studying how marine animals accumulate dissolved nutrients directly from seawater transitioned well to studies of how cells move molecules across membranes. Microscopes have been a a key tool in advancing his lab's research. For the past 25 years, Dr. Wright has maintained continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The founding Director of the Cellular Imaging Resource, R. Clark Lantz, PhD has retired. Dr. Lantz served as the Director of this Resource from 1994-2020.