Center for Biotechnology

The Center for Biotechnology, provides access to core research facilities for:

Genomics
  • DNA sequencing and DNA microarray services
  • UVP EPI Chemi II Darkroom
  • BioRad Personal Molecular Imager FX
Structural Biology
  • SGI Octane graphics workstations
  • Rigaku - Molecular Structure Corporation (MSC) X-ray generator equipped with R-AXIS IV++ imaging plate detector
Flow Cytometry
  • Flow cytometers that evaluate cells at an extremely rapid rate (e.g. up to 20,000 events per second)
  • B-D FACSCalibur dual-laser cytometer capable of four color, 8 parameter analysis operating under CellQuest
  • B-D FACScan single-laser cytomer capable of 3 color, 6 parameter analysis operating under CellQuest
  • B-D FACSVantage SE three-laser, high speed cell sorter capable of 5 color, 8 parameter analysis, operating under CellQuest
Mass Spectrometry
  • Four mass spectrometers
  • Seven instruments available for analysis: electron ionization (EI), chemical ionization (CI), fast atom bombardment (FAB), electrospray ionization (ESI) and matrix-assisted laser desorption (MALDI).  Also, multiple MS experiments (MSn) for sequencing are also available.
Plant Transformation
  • Experts in the delivery of genetic constructs into model plant systems and two target crops, wheat and soybean. Also provides R0 plants or R1 seed derived from the primary transformants
Bioinformatics
  • High-performance computer hardware, specialized software, and advanced database systems
Microscopy
  • Digital microscopes, confocal laser scanning microscope and three new electron microscopes