Georgia Electron Microscopy (GEM) is dedicated to providing the University of Georgia system and the scientific community-at-large with expertise in the use and application of electron and optical microscopy methods to a wide variety of problems. GEM previously has been known as the Central EM Lab and the Center for Advanced Ultrastructural Research.


Established in 1969 through a Center of Excellence grant from the National Science Foundation, GEM offers services within and outside the university system to biological, biomedical sciences, plant biology, geology, chemistry, textiles, archaeology, agriculture, physics, and nanotechnology/materials analysis.

GEM is co-directed by Dr. Tina Salguero and Dr. John Shields and is supported by a full time Lab Manager, Dr. Eric Formo.

GEM staff are involved with the Southeastern Microscopy Society and the Microscopy Society of America.