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Research Cores

Below is a partial list of cores eligible for a CTSI Core Voucher Award. If you want to use a core not on this list, please contact Elvira Liclican to discuss options. (A full list of UCLA cores can be found here.)

Animals

Cedars-Sinai

Biobehavioral Research Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Biobehavioral Research Core offers behavioral testing in rodents that ranges from the assessment of general health and neurological function (e.g., sensory and motor function) to the measurement of complex behaviors such as social interaction, memory, and learning. Assessments can be utilized for: (1) standard neurobehavioral assessment, (2) behavorial phenotyping, and (3) undesirable behavorial effects of drugs and biologics (gene, vaccine and stem cell therapies).

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Animal-Models-Core/Biobehavioral-Research-Core/

Rodent Genetics Core
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The Rodent Genetics Core is a division within the Animal Models Core, specializing in the production of genetically modified animals. The core offers high-quality, specific pathogen-free transgenic and knockout (knock-in) mice carrying genes of specific interest to a broad range of biomedical research projects to investigators at Cedars-Sinai, as well as affiliated and outside institutions. The core also helps design the DNA constructs for pronuclear microinjection or gene targeting with the most up-to-date genetic technologies such as the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system. The core also offers assisted fertilization services followed by embryo transfer to save mutant mouse lines, as well as cryopreservation of embryos and sperm for conservation of genetic resources. The core encourages interactive usage of these animals among Cedars-Sinai investigators.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Animal-Models-Core/Rodent-Genetics-Core/

LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA

Large Animal Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The LA BioMed Animal Care and Use Program is uniquely designed to accommodate large animal models, and is equipped with several large animal surgical suites containing anesthesia machines, monitoring equipment, fluoroscopes, and a CT Scanner. The major types of studies center around perinatal lung development, the effect of the fetal environment on development, antibody production, vascular implant surgery, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Services include: (1) protocol development, (2) animal procurement, (3) animal care procedures, (4) animal health programs, (5) special services, and (6) training programs.

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UCLA Westwood

Behavioral Testing Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

Expertise and equipment for the design, implementation, and analysis of behavioral experiments. We work on a broad range of projects in both rats and mice, from behavioral phenotyping of novel transgenic mouse lines to developing rodent models of human clinical disorders.

Website:

http://btc.psych.ucla.edu/

Center for Aids Research Humanized Mouse Core
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The overall goal of the Center for Aids Research (CFAR) Humanized Mouse Core is to provide the infrastructure, materials, animals, technical expertise, and support that will facilitate the use of humanized immunodeficient mice in studies examining the pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-induced disease and cancer. Services include: (1) procuring immunodeficient mice at a reduced cost, (2) providing specialized animal laboratories for the construction, housing, and maintenance of immunodeficient mice, (3) constructing humanized mice, (4) developing and optimizing new humanized mouse models, (5) providing technical expertise and consultation on humanized mouse models. The core also provides consultation in flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, PCR, and other assays.

Website:

http://aidsinstitute.ucla.edu/cfar/humanized-mouse-core

Mouse Physiology Laboratory
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Mouse Physiology Core Laboratory facility is dedicated to the phenotypic assessment of mouse and rat models of disease using a wide variety of integrative approaches. Our aim is to provide a cost effective means for investigators to reveal important functional aspects of their mouse and rat models without having to individually invest in hiring skilled personnel and in the purchase of expensive instrumentation. We specialize in ultrasound (echo) & telemetric assessments, survival and non-survival surgeries, acute and chronic evaluations of cardiac and neuro-regulatory function as well as basic metabolic and exercise assessments. The lab is also capable of certification testing of new drugs or substances intended for human use by performing FDA approved (GLP certified 21 CFR part 58 including part 11 compliance) studies on rodent models.

Website:

http://www.physiology.ucla.edu/Labs/Mouselab.htm

Zebrafish Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Zebrafish Core facilitates the use and quick access of common mutation, genetically-engineered transgenic zebrafish, and routine techniques of zebrafish manipulation by investigators. Services include: (1) providing space to house zebrafish and perform large-scale genetic screens, (2) providing embryos for experiments, (3) generation of transgenic zebrafish, and (4) cryostorage of zebrafish sperm and re-derivation of live fish. Training is available for select techniques and zebrafish husbandry.

Website:

https://www.mcdb.ucla.edu/Research/Zebrafish/

Cells

Cedars-Sinai

Biobank & Translational Research Core
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Biobank & Translational Research Core is a state-of-the-art biorepository that provides biospecimens for research, a pipeline of assays, and digital image analysis tools to perform quantitative measurements in tissue. Pathology services include histopathology services and the development of protocols for new antibodies and in-situ hybridization probes. Image analysis services include: (1) imaging of human and animal cells and tissues on glass slides, (2) tissue sections or tissue microarrays, (3) analysis of digital images generated with single or multiple probes in visible light or fluorescent wavelength ranges, and (4) web-based interface for access to images.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Biobank-and-Translational-Research-Core/

Flow Cytometry Core
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Last modified 09-01-2016

The Flow Cytometry Core is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for cell analysis and sorting, utilizing fluorescent probes targeted to specific cell-associated molecules to characterize the diversity and function of complex cell populations. Fluorescence-activated cell sorters can also individually identify and isolate live cells with a defined phenotype that can later be expanded and/or further studied.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Flow-Cytometry-Core/

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Core at the Regenerative Medicine Institute uses the latest techniques to reprogram, expand, and characterize human iPSCs from human skin or blood tissues of healthy subjects and diseased patients. iPSCs are then turned into specific cells of the human body including components of the nervous system, eyes, blood, bones, heart, gut, liver, and pancreas, for use by researchers. Applications of this technology include human disease modeling-in-a-dish, developing human reporter cell lines via genetic modification, drug screening on pathological human cell types, and potentially developing cell replacement or regenerative therapies. The iPSC Core offers: (1) PSC quality control and characterization services, (2) bio-banking and PSC thawing, (3) imaging services, (4) cell lines, (5) custom MEF generation, and (6) training.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Induced-Pluripotent-Stem-Cell-Core-/

Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core provides comprehensive services for analysis of metabolism and mitochondrial function in the research setting, with plans to expand to provide clinical services. For in-depth mitochondrial characterization, services may include seahorse respirometry, seahorse XFp, mitochondrial isolation from tissue, seahorse data analysis, keyence microscope, indirect calorimetry (CLAMS), CLAMS data analysis, body composition (NMR), citrate synthase, complex 1, Amplex Red, Swelling Assay, and mtDNA/nucDNA. In-depth mitochondrial characterization may include mitochondrial morphometry, turnover rates, respirometry, membrane potential, mPTP susceptibility, cytochrome c release, free radical production, mtDNA sequencing and 8- oxo-dG analysis.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Metabolism-and-Mitochondrial/

Tissue Culture Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Tissue Culture Core is utilized by investigators for establishing and storing permanent cell lines. Special expertise in the area of human tissue/cell handling is available, including the critical function of developing immortalized B-cell lines (lymphoblastoid cell lines) from participants in large-scale genetics studies. Other procedures include: (1) plasma and serum separation, aliquotting, and storage, (2) sterile and viable lymphocyte separation and storage, (3) separation and storage of buffy coat pellets, and (4) establishment and long-term culture of chondrocyte and fibroblast cell lines.

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LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA

Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core provides four major resources to researchers: (1) the BD Calibur flow cytometer facility, which employs a dual-laser (argon and helium-neon), 4-color FACS Calibur flow cytometer and cell sorter to facilitate the molecular and physiological examination of individual cells and enable collection of living cells for further study; (2) the IVIS Lumina II system, a high-sensitivity, in vivo imaging technology platform that enables non-invasive visualization of both bioluminescent and fluorescent signals, tracking of cellular and therapeutic activities within a living organism in real time, and detection of signals from tissue, petri dishes, and microtiter plates; (3) a Luminex multiplex analyzer that utilizes xMAP microsphere technology and has the capability of performing up to 100 assays simultaneously in a single well of a microtiter plate; and (4) a Biotek Synergy 2 multi-mode microplate reader, a combination luminometer-fluorometer-absorbance detector capable of reading 96-well and larger plates that utilizes both filter-based and monochromatic-based light-detection technology.

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High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry (HRTR) Core supports investigators in mitochondrial physiology and pathophysiology studies. The core provides consultation, training, and services for assessment of oxidative phosphorylation in isolated mitochondria, permeabilized cells, or tissue preparations. The HRTR Core uses Oroboros Oxygraph-2k High Resolution Respirometry equipment. Applications of HRTR include: (1) diagnosis of acquired and genetic mitochondrial diseases, myopathies, and neuromuscular pathologies, (2) study of pathologies with reduced cellular respiration, (3) studies on cell function and cell death, (4) aging and senescence, (5) oxidative stress and antioxidant systems, (6) ischemia-reperfusion injury, (7) cancer research / pharmacological tests, (8) environmental stress, and (9) metabolic substrate balance.

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UCLA Westwood

Cellular Bioenergetics Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Cellular Bioenergetics Core provides access to the XF24-3, a unique instrument that quantifies the activity of two major cellular energetic pathways, mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis, in cultured cells. The XF Technology: (1) measures O2 consumption rate, extracellular acidification rate, and CO2 production rate of living cells simultaneously in real time, (2) does not require the addition of dyes, labels, or reporters, (3) is capable of assaying cell lines, primary cells, isolated mitochondria, and small tissue pieces, (4) typically requires only 30,000 to 80,000 cells/well in 24-well plates, (5) measures adherent cells without requiring trypsinization, (6) does not affect cells and plates, which can then be used for an additional assay, (7) allows measurements to be repeated multiple times to measure kinetic responses, and (8) accommodates the addition of up to four test compounds (drugs or substrates) to each well, with measurements performed before and after the addition of each compound.

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Center for Aids Research Virology Core Laboratory
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Center for Aids Research (CFAR) Virology Core Laboratory provides a wide array of services for both HIV/AIDS and other researchers. It offers testing services (p24 ELISA, real time and digital droplet PCR for the detection of HIV cDNA, HIV viral load), blood and blood cell products. In addition, the core maintains a fully equipped and stocked BSL2+ facility for scientists that do not have wet lab space, new investigators joining UCLA or investigators that do not have such lab space. The UCLA/CFAR Virology Core Laboratory also maintains real time PCR instrumentation and a QX200 Bio Rad Digital Droplet PCR System. Finally,the core is able to assist individual researchers with special projects related to, but not limited, HIV detection.

Website:

http://www.virology.med.ucla.edu/

Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory
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The core laboratory provides instrumentation and technical and professional assistance for performing laser-based flow cytometric analysis and cell sorting. The facility also offers training in basic flow cytometry principles and in the operation of analytic cytometers. A second course teaches nucleic acid analysis and measurement of proliferation by flow cytometry as well as hands-on instrument set-up and use of the specialized DNA analysis software.

Website:

http://cyto.mednet.ucla.edu

Immune Assessment Core
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Last modified 03-14-2018

The Immune Assessment Core (IAC) is a CLIA certified laboratory that provides comprehensive immunological testing services for basic, clinical, and translational studies. The IAC provides both standardized and customized multi-parameter flow cytometry, multiplexed immunoassays and cellular immune function assays to evaluate the innate and adaptive immune status of study subjects. Validated tests include comprehensive immunophenotyping panels, multiplexed cytokine/chemokine detection in body fluids or culture supernatants, several ELISA assays, allo- and virus-specific T cell activation, T and B cell proliferation to antigens and mitogens, NK cell cytotoxicity, and granulocyte/monocyte oxidative burst. The core also performs customized assay development to meet the investigators’ needs.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/iac

Immuno/BioSpot Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Immuno/BioSpot Core specializes in assays related to the detection, quantification, and qualification of biological spot assays and single-cell related analyses, including ELISPOT, colony counting, plaque assays, FluoroSpot, cell viability tests, apoptosis tests, in vivo/in vitro cytotoxicity measurements using cells labeled with fluorescent dyes, histochemistry stains, genotoxicity assays, multi-color intracellular/surface quantification, etc.

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Immuno/BioSpot Core

Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC)
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The IMTC services include (but are not limited to): (1) consultation and troubleshooting in techniques for efficient gene delivery, as well as cloning and functional protein expression in mammalian cells in vitro and in vivo, (2) consultation and to perform customized gene expression profiling, cytological phenotype profiling, and high-throughput molecular screening studies by utilizing high-throughput and highly automated robotic systems. The Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC) is therefore intended to serve as a comprehensive resource that will provide access to state-of-the-art molecular tools and thereby aims to facilitate the research activities of CURE: DDRCC investigators.

Website:

http://www.cure.med.ucla.edu/cores/integrated-molecular-technologies-core-imtc

Mitochondria and Metabolism Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The UCLA Mitochondrial and Metabolism Core provides the necessary technical and conceptual resources for studying mitochondrial function. Services include respirometry assays in intact cells, permeabilized cells, and isolated mitochondria using the Seahorse XF96 Extracellular Flux Analyzer. An Operetta High Content Imaging System is also available for measurements of mitochondrial mass, membrane potential and reactive oxygen species, among other applications. The Mitochondria and Metabolism Core provides in-depth training and scheduled use of instruments or full service options for assay design, performance, and data analysis.

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Computations

Cedars-Sinai

Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core is a resource for biostatistical and bioinformatics consulting and related methodological research, and serves as a focal point from which investigators may draw statistical expertise for planning, management, and analysis of their studies. Faculty and staff at the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core: (1) coordinate and manage statistical activities at Cedars-Sinai to ensure that investigators have ready access to statistical consultation and support, (2) provide statistical expertise in the design of experiments and studies, including research proposal development, sample size determination, randomization procedures and plans for interim reviews and final analysis, (3) assist with the writing of statistical components of manuscripts, (4) review the integrity and statistical soundness of all studies involving human subjects, (5) provide statistical analysis for projects using appropriate statistical and computing methodologies and assist in the interpretation and presentation of results, (6) interact and collaborate with the Clinical Research Office in the development of protocols and the monitoring and reporting of clinical data, (7) maintain a computing facility with up-to-date software for statistical analysis to support program project investigators, and (8) conduct biostatistical and bioinformatics methodology research on practical problems arising in basic science populational and clinical studies.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Biostatistical-Sciences/

UCLA Westwood

Computing Technologies Research Laboratory
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Computing Technologies Research Laboratory (CTRL) specializes in research and clinical data collection, management, and reporting solutions. They develop Internet-accessible, web-based database applications that enable and enhance clinical & basic research and education, in the biomedical community. Services include: (1) web application development, (2) mobile app programming, (3) database design and hosting, and (4) digital video production / telemedicine for conferencing and the classroom.

Website:

http://www.ctrl.ucla.edu

Department of Medicine Statistics Core
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The primary objective of DOMStat is to provide study design and statistical analysis collaboration to investigators in the Department of Medicine. DOMStat offers faculty and staff level statistical collaboration for grant proposals, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and other research activities requiring statistical input.

Website:

http://domstat.med.ucla.edu

Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics (ICNN) provides CNN faculty experts in statistical genetics, gene expression analysis, and bioinformatics will oversee the activities of highly-trained staff members who will accomplish three goals: 1) provide expert consultation and analyses for neurogenetics and neurogenomics projects; 2) develop and maintain a shared computing resource that will include a computational cluster for computation-intensive analyses, web-servers and state-of-the-art software tools for a wide range of applications (including user-friendly versions of public databases, as well as workstations on which ICNN users will be trained to employ these tools; and 3) provide hands-on training in analysis and informatics to the users. ICNN is developing a whole-genome data analysis pipeline, aimed at filtering and prioritizing genetic variation identified in whole-genome sequencing studies for further study.

Website:

https://www.semel.ucla.edu/research/core/informatics-center-neurogenetics-and-neurogenomics-icnn

Semel Institute Biostatistics Core
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Semel Institute Biostatistics Core (SIStat) is a team of expert biostatisticians, methodologists, and research support staff. The mission of the core is to foster research productivity and quality by helping faculty design sound research projects, obtain independent funding, and correctly analyze data. Services include: (1) development of electronic data entry systems, (2) biostatistics services, (3) development of patient assessment software, and (4) development of administrative systems software. Support is offered for projects ranging from small pilot studies to large, long-running, multi-site center studies.

Website:

http://www.sistat.ucla.edu/

Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic (SBCC) provides assistance to health care researchers at every step of their task, from grant proposals through publication. Consulting services are available to biotech companies, physicians conducting clinical trials, clinicians conducting operations research, and students working on theses or post-doctoral research. Services include: (1) statistical analysis, (2) clinical trials preparation, (3) data preparation and editing, (4) assistance with grant methodology sections, (5) planning for data acquisition, (6) form design, (7) modeling, (8) programming, (9) study design/protocol development, (10) file maintenance, (11) programs for the PC, (12) workshops in statistics/methods, (13) design and/or implementation of databases, and (14) report preparation for proposals and/or publication.

Website:

http://biomath.ucla.edu/about/consulting

Genetics

Cedars-Sinai

Genomics Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Genomics Core is focused on gathering Genome, Transcriptome, Epigenome and Metagenome information for investigators. Our mission is to make these complex technologies accessible and biologically interpretable for clinical and basic research scientists.

The Genomics Core enables investigators with little experience in sample preparation, quality control, or analysis to interrogate the genome. To facilitate this, we have developed general but complete wet-lab and bioinformatics analysis pipelines to accommodate standard needs and enable most genome-wide investigations. For more sophisticated or custom designs, we work actively in collaboration with other Cedars-Sinai cores and resources to facilitate investigations.

The Genomics Core now offers new applications, such as single-cell RNA sequencing, microbiome profiling and targeted transcriptome resequencing for FFPE samples, using a brand-new Illumina NextSeq, Illumina MiSeq and an Ion Proton™ Sequencer. The combination of instruments enables us to uniquely identify the best solutions for each project depending on sample size, sample quality, price and turnaround time.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Genomics-Core/

UCLA Westwood

Microbiome Core
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Last modified 03-09-2018

The UCLA Microbiome Core performs services related to microbiome studies including human sample collection, fecal processing, 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing (including feces, tissues, intestinal lavage, rectal sponges, vaginal swabs), bioinformatics analysis of 16S rRNA data in relation to phenotypes/interventions, quantitative PCR of total bacterial load, fecal calprotectin measurement, and long-term storage of fecal aliquots as well as extracted microbial DNA. The Microbiome Core also performs shotgun metagenomics and metatranscriptomics on a custom basis.

Website:

https://www.uclahealth.org/gastro/jacobs-lab/core-services

Neuroscience Genomics Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The UCLA Neurosciences Genomics Core (UNGC) is currently operating an Illumina BeadLab 1000 high throughput SNP genotyping system (iScan), a Sequenom MassArray Compact mass spec and and two Illumina HiSeq 2500 next generation sequencing instruments in the Gonda research facility on the UCLA campus. Services include: RNA/DNA sequencing (Non UCLA neuro labs please inquire about service availability). Custom snp genotyping using the high throughput Illumina iSelect assays and with the Sequenom iPlex assay. Genotyping using all currently available Illumina Infinium whole genome chips. Gene expression using Illumina human expression chips. Whole genome methylation using Illumina Meth-450 chips. Project costs can be highly dependent on scale, with significant discounts potentially applying to larger projects.? For project specific pricing please contact? Joe DeYoung, Facility Manager.

Website:

https://www.semel.ucla.edu/ungc

Technology Center for Genomics & Bioinformatics (TCGB)
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Last modified 08-01-2017

Technology Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (TCGB) is a CAP-accredited, fully automated, high-throughput genomic facility equipped with all major next generation sequencing and microarray platforms. The Core provides pre-experiment consultation and post-experiment support, including preparation of grant applications and publications, and strategic planning for additional research steps. The TCGB also provides educational training to faculty, staff, and students to raise awareness on new directions and major discoveries in the areas of genomics and bioinformatics. Services include: (1) next generation sequencing, (2) microarray analysis, and (3) quality control services for RNA, miRNA, and DNA samples including RNA/DNA extraction, cDNA synthesis for quantitative-PCR, and qRT- PCR.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/tcgb

Humans

Cedars-Sinai

Biobank & Translational Research Core
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Biobank & Translational Research Core is a state-of-the-art biorepository that provides biospecimens for research, a pipeline of assays, and digital image analysis tools to perform quantitative measurements in tissue. Pathology services include histopathology services and the development of protocols for new antibodies and in-situ hybridization probes. Image analysis services include: (1) imaging of human and animal cells and tissues on glass slides, (2) tissue sections or tissue microarrays, (3) analysis of digital images generated with single or multiple probes in visible light or fluorescent wavelength ranges, and (4) web-based interface for access to images.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Biobank-and-Translational-Research-Core/

Imaging Core
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The Imaging Core of the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute is an advanced imaging center that provides comprehensive imaging services for basic and clinical researchers. This facility is designed for: (1) human and small/large animal imaging, (2) advanced imaging and analysis techniques (MR, Nuclear, CT, Optical), (3) assisted use by highly experienced staff, including imaging technologists, animal care associates, registered nurse and radiochemist, (4) consultations on study design, imaging protocol, data analysis and post-processing, (5) radiolabeling and customized novel imaging probe development, (6) advanced MR spectroscopy and analysis techniques, (7) TCA cycle metabolic analysis with parahydrogen induced polarization, (8) umbrella protocols and bridge funding for pilot studies, and (9) research PACS and post-processing software.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Imaging/

LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA

Bionutrition Core
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The CTRC Bionutrition Core at LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA provides services to outpatient, overnight / extended stay and community based studies. A metabolic kitchen is dedicated to the preparation of nutrient controlled and regular meals. The Bionutrition Core has a metabolic assessment room with DXA, indirect calorimetry, BIA and anthropometric tools that integrates body composition, bone mineral density, and energy expenditure testing. The Bionutrition Core also provides state-of-the-art nutrition computing facilities with programs for nutrient analysis, semi-quantitative food frequency analysis, and design and specification of research diets. The Bionutrition Core personnel are experienced with REDCAP and can facilitate the collection and tracking of nutrition data for research studies. Training in nutrition research methodology is available to research fellows and other students.

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Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Ambulatory Unit
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The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Ambulatory Unit is located near the main hospital in a 5,500square-foot area. It has 9 exam rooms, 5 of which have hospital beds for extended or overnight visits (less than 24 hours). Three of the beds have sleep monitoring equipment to allow overnight sleep studies. A multipurpose room also houses an additional hospital bed, an infusion chair, and a phlebotomy area. The unit also has 2 consultation / interview rooms and a processing laboratory with cold and ambient centrifuges, refrigerators, and a freezer for temporary sample storage. The Ambulatory Unit adjoins a small audio-video room and a 2,000-square-foot conference room for research education-related activities. The conference room can be converted into 3 smaller areas for groups, family, and individual interviews or behavioral testing. The unit is staffed with experienced registered nurses, registered dieticians, and medical assistants.

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Computed Tomographic Core
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The Computed Tomographic (CT) Reading Core specializes in cardiac, vascular, and body composition imaging using advanced CT workstations, advanced quality control methods, systems storage, and analytical methods for multiple investigations. It provides unique services in atherosclerosis imaging including plaque quantification, perfusion imaging, and diagnostic services. In addition, the CT Reading Core offers collaborations in the area of renal, hepatic, vascular, and pulmonary imaging, as well as body composition and endothelial function assessment.

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Endocrine and Metabolic Research Core
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The Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory supports clinical and translational investigators in many aspects of research through expertise in analytical testing and development of new methods. Over forty different procedures are offered through the Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory utilizing a variety of techniques including radioimmunoassay, fluoroimmunoassay, fluorometry and LC-MS/MS. Additionally, semen analyses and special andrological testing are available in the Andrology Laboratory.

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Pulmonary Function and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Core Lab
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The pulmonary function testing (PFT) cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) core lab facility supports investigators in pulmonary function and cardiopulmonary exercise testing studies. PFT consists of an array of non-invasive tests of abnormality of lung mechanics and pulmonary gas exchange used to detect the presence of, and quantify the severity of, a range of lung diseases. CPET provides a whole-body assessment of the integrative exercise responses involving the pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, neuropsychological, and skeletal muscle systems, which are not adequately reflected through the measurement of individual organ system function. The CPET Core Lab will provide consultation, training, and services for clinical research using PFT and CPET. The Core Lab is also highly-experienced in multicenter clinical trials using PFT and CPET measurements.

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UCLA Westwood

Biological Samples Processing Core
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The facility offers DNA extractions from whole blood and other tissue types, and storage of extracted DNA. BSPC uses the Autopure LS™ nucleic acid purification instrument from Gentra Systems for extracting DNA. This instrument provides a highly automated process with very high quality DNA, samples are quantitated using OD 260/280. Once DNA has been obtained from the provided sample, it can be returned immediately or stored in -20°C freezer for future use. We'll also aliquot DNA at the desired concentrations. DNA can be stored indefinitely within BSPC. All samples are logged in our database and are bar-coded with our sample number and customer's identification code. BSPC will soon initiate RNA extraction.

Website:

https://www.semel.ucla.edu/research/core/biological-samples-processing-core---bspc

Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers Laboratory
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The UCLA Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers (CVIB) Laboratory provides global clinical and research services, including: (1) standardized multi-center imaging protocol development and quality control, (2) image de-identification, transfer, banking, and distribution, (3) cutting-edge quantitative image feature extraction, analysis, and data management, and (4) full service clinical trial management with regulatory compliance. CVIB has an exclusive contract with MedQIA Imaging CRO (www.medqia.com) to provide FDA-compliant services for industry-funded clinical trials worldwide. CVIB also provides clinical quantitative imaging services within UCLA Healthcare and to overseas hospital departments.

Key attributes of the CVIB Core Laboratory are: (1) image quality, (2) accurate and reproducible quantitation, (3) rigorous science, (4) high throughput, (5) well-managed and on-time service, and (6) user friendly.

Website:

http://cvib.ucla.edu/

Center for Human Nutrition
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The Center for Human Nutrition provides Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) Body Composition Analysis. DXA body composition analysis is considered the "gold standard" for measurement of body fat including visceral fat estimation, and gives an accurate measure for assessing health. Specialized scans to assess Bone Mineral Density analysis are available, which can be utilized for assessing bone health and risk estimation of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

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Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory (EPRL) promotes the discipline of exercise physiology in research and teaching at the UCLA campus, and is unique in its focus on applied exercise physiology conducting human research. It promotes a prevention model of wellness, focused on forestalling disease development through the enhancement of health and fitness practices in individuals. Additionally, the research conducted in the EPRL analyzes cutting edge technology with an aim of improving performance in fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike. Health-fitness assessments include: (1) aerobic performance; (2) pulmonary function; (3) body composition; (4) muscle performance; (5) functional movement screen; (6) total energy expenditure; (7) sleep quality; (8) cardiovascular health risk & HRV; (9) posture; and (10) performance tracking.

Website:

https://exerciselab.med.ucla.edu/

Immune Assessment Core
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Last modified 03-14-2018

The Immune Assessment Core (IAC) is a CLIA certified laboratory that provides comprehensive immunological testing services for basic, clinical, and translational studies. The IAC provides both standardized and customized multi-parameter flow cytometry, multiplexed immunoassays and cellular immune function assays to evaluate the innate and adaptive immune status of study subjects. Validated tests include comprehensive immunophenotyping panels, multiplexed cytokine/chemokine detection in body fluids or culture supernatants, several ELISA assays, allo- and virus-specific T cell activation, T and B cell proliferation to antigens and mitogens, NK cell cytotoxicity, and granulocyte/monocyte oxidative burst. The core also performs customized assay development to meet the investigators’ needs.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/iac

Immunogenetics Center
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The Immunogenetics Center provides comprehensive testing for organ and tissue transplantation to physicians, patients, pharmaceutical companies, and other medical facilities. It is one of the leading laboratories in the world, providing state-of-the-art technology and methodology with a comprehensive quality assurance program to ensure accuracy in testing. Services include: (1) HLA-class I (A,B,C) and class II (DR, DQ, DP) gene polymorphism typing, (2) histocompatibility testing (HLA antibody testing, MICA and endothelial cell antibody testing and crossmatch testing), (3) KIR and MICA gene typing and (4) immune assessment.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/uic-hla

Pathology Research Portal
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Two previous research laboratories, the Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory (CTRL) and the Clinical Immunology Research Laboratory (CIRL) have been restructured into the Pathology Research Portal (PRP). This new addition to the Center for Pathology Research Services functions as the biospecimen liaison between researchers and clinical testing, and provides coordination for sample receiving, accessioning, processing, short term and long term storage, dispatching to multiple core facilities for testing, and result retrieving. PRP also provides shipping and temporary storage services, and can also provide customized services to meet various research needs.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/ctrl

Translational Pathology Core Laboratory
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The Translational Pathology Core Laboratory (TPCL) provides an array of pathology-related services in support of basic, translational, and clinical research. Expert consultative services are offered to investigators in pathology-related study design, tissue selection, microscopic interpretation, immunohistochemistry/in situ hybridization, laser capture microdissection, digital image analysis, and IRB-related tissue questions. Services include: (1) tissue procurement, storage, and provision, (2) histology-related services, (3) immunohistochemistry, (4) in situ hybridization, (5) digital imaging and image analysis, (6) laser capture microdissection, (7) pathology consultative services, and (8) advice on research protocols, safety issues, and IRB applications.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/tpcl

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Confocal & Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core
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The Confocal core provides imaging services for live and fixed samples such as cells and tissue sections, utilizing a variety of imaging techniques including spectral imaging, FRET, and FRAP. The Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core educates, trains, and supports investigators in in vivo imaging of small animal models (e.g., tumor biology, immunology, stem cell tracking, vascular imaging, senescence imaging, etc.). Consultation is available free-of-charge for initial experimental design, training, and for image analysis.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Confocal-and-Two-Photon-Core/

Imaging Core
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The Imaging Core of the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute is an advanced imaging center that provides comprehensive imaging services for basic and clinical researchers. This facility is designed for: (1) human and small/large animal imaging, (2) advanced imaging and analysis techniques (MR, Nuclear, CT, Optical), (3) assisted use by highly experienced staff, including imaging technologists, animal care associates, registered nurse and radiochemist, (4) consultations on study design, imaging protocol, data analysis and post-processing, (5) radiolabeling and customized novel imaging probe development, (6) advanced MR spectroscopy and analysis techniques, (7) TCA cycle metabolic analysis with parahydrogen induced polarization, (8) umbrella protocols and bridge funding for pilot studies, and (9) research PACS and post-processing software.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Imaging/

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Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core
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The Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core provides four major resources to researchers: (1) the BD Calibur flow cytometer facility, which employs a dual-laser (argon and helium-neon), 4-color FACS Calibur flow cytometer and cell sorter to facilitate the molecular and physiological examination of individual cells and enable collection of living cells for further study; (2) the IVIS Lumina II system, a high-sensitivity, in vivo imaging technology platform that enables non-invasive visualization of both bioluminescent and fluorescent signals, tracking of cellular and therapeutic activities within a living organism in real time, and detection of signals from tissue, petri dishes, and microtiter plates; (3) a Luminex multiplex analyzer that utilizes xMAP microsphere technology and has the capability of performing up to 100 assays simultaneously in a single well of a microtiter plate; and (4) a Biotek Synergy 2 multi-mode microplate reader, a combination luminometer-fluorometer-absorbance detector capable of reading 96-well and larger plates that utilizes both filter-based and monochromatic-based light-detection technology.

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Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy and Macroscale Imaging Facilities
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The mission of the Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy (ALMS) and Macroscale Imaging Facilities is to provide consultation, services, and support for the application of novel microscopic and spectroscopic methods and advanced image analysis techniques for the study of macromolecules, cellular dynamics, and nano-scale characterization of bio-materials. The facilities provide a collection of high-level, customized biological fluorescence microscopes and small-animal imaging devices that provide the ability to study biological processes with high spatial and temporal resolution in whole organisms and in living cells down to the single molecule detection level with nanometer accuracy. Services include: (1) wide-field fluorescence imaging microscopy (on a limited basis), (2) confocal one-photon and two-photon laser scanning microscopy (point scanning and spinning disk), (3) fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, (4) fluorescence resonance energy transfer, (5) microscopic and macroscopic fluorescence lifetime imaging with time-correlated-single-photon-counting and near-infrared detection, (6) stimulated emission depletion laser-scanning microscopy, (7) microscopic and macroscopic (small animal) spectral unmixing, and (8) laser capture microdissection.

Website:

http://alms.cnsi.ucla.edu/pages/homepage

Ahmanson Lovelace Brain Mapping Center
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The Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center is committed to facilitating the development and growth of the field of Brain Mapping, a sub-discipline of neuroscience which uses brain imaging to better understand the structure and function of the human brain in health and alterations associated with disease. It is comprised of resources located in the core facility, the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, as well as additional resources housed in the Reed Neurological Research Center and the Neuroscience Research Building. Services include: (1) imaging (MRI and PET), (2) NeuroModulation, (3) data analysis, (4) data center, and (5) the DIVE (Data Immersive Visualization Environment).

Website:

http://www.bmap.ucla.edu/services/

Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility
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The Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility (BCIF) provides resources for data acquisition and analysis for radioactive, fluorescent, and photographic samples as well as digital imaging and document production. BCIF provides round-the-clock access to a cluster of modern equipment such as Typhoons 9410 and 9400 Variable Mode Imagers, Storm 820 and 840 imagers, Laser Densitometer, Gel Documentation System, color printers, and high-resolution scanners. In addition, BCIF provides unlimited scientific data storage space on its secure storage arrays to all participating labs and access to a number of software packages for data analysis and digital data processing.

Website:

http://www.biolchem.ucla.edu/biological-chemistry-imaging-facility

Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines
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The Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines (EICN) provides state-of-the-art electron microscopy instruments and assisted usage services. Highly experienced staff provides necessary training and can help users address complex electron imaging needs. EICN offers advanced electron imaging techniques for visualizing materials, nanomachines, and cellular structures at atomic or nanometer scales in 2D and 3D. In addition, our latest integrated iCorr technology enables a streamlined approach to correlative microscopy to perform both fluorescence light and electron microscopy for biological research. Services available: (1) instrument training, (2) self usage, (3) assisted usage, and (4) data processing.

Website:

http://www.eicn.ucla.edu/

Electron Microscopy Core Facility
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The Electron Microscopy Services Center houses a JEOL 100CX transmission electron microscope. A Reichert Ultracut ultramicrotome is also available for use by trained personnel. Services include: (1) fixation and embedding of specimens, thin sectioning, (2) use of the electron microscopes (with or without assistance), (3) gold labeling, (4) negative stain, and (5) light microscopy of plastic embedded materials. The facility offers advice on appropriate preparatory procedures and other technical matters. Training and assistance in the use of the electron microscope is also offered.

Website:

http://www.bri.ucla.edu/research/core-facilities

Microscopic Techniques Laboratory
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The Microscopic Techniques Laboratory offers instructions in microscopic techniques and assistance in tissue specimen preparation for light microscopic observation. Histological procedures available include: (1) some immunocytochemistry staining, (2) special stains, (3) paraffin sectioning, (4) slide preparation for in situ hybridization, (5) cryostat sectioning, (6) plastic embedding and (6) sectioning. The laboratory also provides staining setups, a cryostat, microtomes, and a Nikon photomicroscope for use by trained personnel.

Website:

http://www.bri.ucla.edu/research/core-facilities

Molecular Screening Shared Resource
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The MSSR is a core facility open to all research labs on campus. The services provided include the use of high throughput screening (HTS) technology, a total of roughly 200,000 compounds in various libraries, siRNA sets of the druggable genome for mouse and human and a database of results from screens. Please use the links above to find out more about the MSSR. The MSSR is currently funded by the JCCC, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean’s office, David Geffen School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute.

Website:

http://www.mssr.ucla.edu/

Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory
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The Nano and Pico Characterization (NPC) Laboratory provides Provides both state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to visualize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures and devices at the atomic and molecular scale as well as a unique opportunity for researchers to gain insight into local properties under a wide range of experimental conditions.

Website:

http://nanopicolab.cnsi.ucla.edu/

Preclinical Imaging Technology Center
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Provides state-of-the-art small animal imaging. It functions both as a shared preclinical imaging resource for UCLA researchers and as a hub for emerging imaging research and technology development. The same technologies and services are also available to the larger research community including other academic institutes and industry groups through contract work. The Imaging Center, operating through its sales-and-service, offers microPET, microCT, bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging modalities and complementary in vitro/ex vivo services including cell-based assays, biodistribution, digital autoradiography and dosimetry. Companion PET tracer radiochemistry and radiolabeling services are available in-house and is supported by on-campus cyclotron facilities. Technical and analytical support are available throughout the study process: initial consultation, experimental design and optimization, imaging protocols and techniques, post-acquisition data analysis and interpretation. Training and staff assistance The Imaging Center is part of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging and is supported by the expertise of its faculty members, world leaders in various imaging sciences.

Website:

https://imaging.crump.ucla.edu/

Translational Research Imaging Center
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The Translational Research Imaging Center (TRIC) at UCLA is a state-of-the- art, pre-clinical and human cadaver, diagnostic and interventional imaging center. With over 25 years of expertise, our team of physicians, scientists, fellows, technologists, and veterinary staff support pre-clinical studies and imaging procedures across the field of medicine. TRIC is dedicated to the development and testing of new medical devices, imaging technologies, drug therapies as well as novel treatments. Our dedicated staff include: Board-certified Interventional Radiologists, Board-certified Radiologists, MR Physicists, Veterinarians, Statisticians, and Experienced Research Assistants. The TRIC Lab imaging equipment and support systems include: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Siemens Magnetom 3T Prisma MRI whole-body system, X-Ray Angiography – Siemens Artis Zeego Angiogram Suite with robotic C arm with 3D rotational angiography and DynaCT capabilities, Computed Tomography (CT) – Siemens Somatom Definition 64 Dual Source scanner, X-Ray Angiography – Philips Allura Xper FD-10 Angiogram Suite with floor mounted C arm with 3D rotational angiography capabilities, iU22 Philips Ultrasound system for general imaging, PACS data management system, observation and recovery suites, multi-modality 3D-image post-processing, High-Definition video integration for Telepresence video conferencing.

Website:

http://radiology.ucla.edu/pre-clinical-services

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Mass Spectrometry and Biomarker Discovery Core
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The Mass Spectrometry and Biomarker Discovery Core strives to provide high-quality services to researchers interested in applying mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics technologies to address their biomedical research questions. The core provides fee-based services for protein identification and quantification, post-translational modification analysis and metabolite analysis. The core is also available to the research community for grant funded collaborative research inside and outside of Cedars-Sinai. Services include: (1) peptide in-solution, (2) gel bands/spots, (3) molecular weight determination by direct infusion, (4) post-translational modifications, and (5) metabolites.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Mass-Spectrometry-and-Biomarker-Discovery-Core/

Molecular Therapeutics Core
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The Molecular Therapeutics Core provides a cross-disciplinary resource for researchers engaged in structural biology, therapeutics development, and drug discovery research. Services include: (1) pilot recombinant protein production, (2) large-scale protein production, (3) biophysical characterization, (4) molecular modeling and drug design, and (5) x-ray crystallographic services. Initial consultations are available free-of-charge.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Molecular-Therapeutics-Core/

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Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility (Stable Isotope Tracing)
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The Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility (BMSF) supports clinical research projects in clinical nutrition and metabolic research. The BMSF specializes in experimental design using stable isotopes and analytical methods (13C carbon tracing) for physiological or metabolic investigations. It provides unique services in isotopomer distribution analysis of metabolites (tracer-based metabolomics) using GC/MS (or LC-TOF). In addition, the BMSF offers collaborations in the area of metabolite profiling and modeling of metabolic systems with tracers. Services provided includes: (1) sample preparation, (2) quantitative and qualitative analysis by GC/MS, IRMS and LC/MS, (3) consultation, (4) collaboration in metabolite profiling and tracer-based metabolomics, and (5) training on approved projects.

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Guenther Molecular Biology Core
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The Guenther Molecular Biology Core supports investigators performing morphological, biochemical, cell and molecular biological studies both at cellular and subcellular levels. Consultation and training services are provided for localization of genes, RNA transcripts and proteins in complex tissues as well subcellular distribution in tissues. The laboratory houses five types of state-of the art equipment: an Agilent Bioanalyzer, two Applied Biosystem StepOne Plus Sequence Detection Systems, one Applied Biosystems 7900HT 384 well real-time quantitative PCR system, one Leica Confocal SP8 platform, and a Palm Microbeam. The Guenther Core also has a facility for immunohistochemistry studies.

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Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC)
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The IMTC services include (but are not limited to): (1) consultation and troubleshooting in techniques for efficient gene delivery, as well as cloning and functional protein expression in mammalian cells in vitro and in vivo, (2) consultation and to perform customized gene expression profiling, cytological phenotype profiling, and high-throughput molecular screening studies by utilizing high-throughput and highly automated robotic systems. The Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC) is therefore intended to serve as a comprehensive resource that will provide access to state-of-the-art molecular tools and thereby aims to facilitate the research activities of CURE: DDRCC investigators.

Website:

http://www.cure.med.ucla.edu/cores/integrated-molecular-technologies-core-imtc

J.D. McCullough Crystallography Laboratory
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Provides 3-dimensional structure of small molecules in solid crystals via X-ray crystallography. Equipped for characterization of polycrystalline solid materials using powder and thin film diffraction techniques. The laboratory is a full service facility where staff deals with all aspects of service from crystal selection to publication of results. In-house training is a requirement if you wish to use the equipment yourself. Part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center, which is a campus wide facility open to the UCLA community. The facility also collaborates with personnel from other universities and industry both locally and internationally.

Website:

http://uccore-ucla.org/node/41

Lipidomics Laboratory
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The UCLA Lipidomics Laboratory provides the highest quality of quantitative lipid measurements from biological samples including cells, tissue, serum, and media. The lab offers automated sample preparation and two distinct mass spectrometry platforms: 1) shotgun lipidomics providing measurement of 1100 complex lipid species and 2) a fatty acid and sterols analysis compatible with isotopic labeling. Our full-service lab provides data analysis (including computational modeling of lipid flux parameters) and consultation services.

Website:

http://www.uclalipidomics.net/

Macromolecular Crystallization Facility
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Consultation and technical assistance available to researchers prior to, and following, experiments. Evaluation of sample via Dynamic Light Scattering. Automatic setup of 4000 crystallization conditions per hour using 500uL of sample. (Hanging or Sitting Drops) Capable of distinguishing between organic and inorganic crystals using a sophisticated UV/vis microscope. Optimization of crystallization conditions. Storage of plates in temperature controlled incubators at 4°, 15°, and 20° C. Optimization of crystallization conditions using a library of 1,500 commercial compounds. Production of stereolithography files from Pymol, 3D design of labware, 3D printing.

Website:

http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/crystallization/

Magnetic Resonance Facility
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The Magnetic Resonance Facility houses six nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers and one electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer.

Website:

http://www.mic.ucla.edu/magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy

Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory
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The Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory provides a wide range of sample characterization techniques for researchers. Mass spectrometry services include: (1) a variety of ionization methods including electron, chemical, matrix assisted laser desorption, direct analysis in real time, electrospray, and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, (2) a variety of analyzers including time of flight, quadrupole, ion trap, Orbitrap, ion cyclotron resonance, and several tandem combinations of mass analyzers, and (3) microflow and nanoflow liquid chromatography. For proteomics studies, equipment is available for running and analyzing 1-D and 2-D gels, transferring mini- and mid-size gels, gel imaging, spot cutting, in-gel digestion, and protein/peptide identification. In addition, the facility provides consultation for sample preparation, experimental design, gel staining, analysis of protein expression patterns, western and lectin blots, in-gel trypic digestion, data mining, and operation of the various instruments. This laboratory is a part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center.

Website:

http://www.mic.ucla.edu/mass-spectrometry

Materials Characterization Laboratory
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The Materials Characterization Laboratory offers thermal, optical, microscopic, electrical, and magnetic characterization of materials and elemental analysis of surfaces via a wide range of instruments including: (1) light scattering spectrometers, (2) several spectrophotometers, (3) scanning probe microscopes (AFM/STM), (4) a SQUID magnetometer, (5) a scanning electron microscope, and (6) an X-Ray photoelectron spectrometer. This laboratory is a part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center.

Website:

http://www.mic.ucla.edu/materials-characterization

Metabolomics and Proteomics Center
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The UCLA Metabolomics and Proteomics Center enables investigators to study metabolism with a particular focus on central carbon metabolism (glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, TCA cycle, nucleos(t)ide synthesis, etc.). Metabolite analysis can be performed on a variety of specimens (e.g. cultured cells, culture medium, blood, urine, tissue). Generally, relative amounts of metabolites are measured, but absolute amounts can be determined as well. Tracing experiments using stable isotope-labeled metabolites (D, C-13, N-15) are routinely performed. For data analysis, relative amounts of metabolites as well as mass isotopologue distributions (if isotope tracing was performed) are calculated. Results are illustrated using bar graphs, heatmaps, principal component analysis, and mapping to Cytoscape maps.

Website:

http://systems.crump.ucla.edu/metabolomics_center/

Molecular Screening Shared Resource
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The MSSR is a core facility open to all research labs on campus. The services provided include the use of high throughput screening (HTS) technology, a total of roughly 200,000 compounds in various libraries, siRNA sets of the druggable genome for mouse and human and a database of results from screens. Please use the links above to find out more about the MSSR. The MSSR is currently funded by the JCCC, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean’s office, David Geffen School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute.

Website:

http://www.mssr.ucla.edu/

Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
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Provides consultation, training, and access to and technical assistance for metabolomics, proteomics (top-down and bottom-up) and targeted small molecule quantitation using mass spectrometery and contemporary chromatography.

Website:

https://massspec.chem.ucla.edu/

Protein Expression Technology Center
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The Protein Expression Technology Center (PETC) was founded in 1994 to facilitate the expression and purification of proteins for structure/function studies. The PETC provides support in all aspects of protein expression from cloning through expression optimization and protein purification. The PETC is a UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics facility but is open to all researchers.

Website:

http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/expression/

Proteome Research Center
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The UCLA Proteome Research Center is a full-service technology center that offers a comprehensive suite of proteomic services to the UCLA community and other partnering institutions. By bringing together state-of-the-art instrumentation and high- level technical staff, the goal of the facility is to transform traditional experimental paradigms by providing investigators access to powerful analytical workflows for systems-level characterization of complex biological systems, biomarker discovery and validation, and protein complex characterization. Available services include: (1) complex protein mixture analysis using single and multidimensional fractionation strategies, (2) peptide quantitation using SILAC, iTRAQ / TMT, and label-free methodologies, (3) targeted and global PTM enrichment and characterization approaches, (4) identification of protein interaction networks using affinity-based isolation and proximity tagging techniques, and (5) targeted proteomic assay development using parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) for relative and absolute quantitation.

Website:

http://www.uclaproteomics.net/

UCLA-DOE & Biochemistry Shared Instrumentation Core Facility
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The UCLA-DOE and Biochemistry Shared Instrumentation core facility provides the UCLA research community open access to sophisticated equipment for biochemical studies. These facilities house a wide array of detection systems useful for analysis, quantification, and identification of all types of macromolecules and their molecular interactions. It also carries equipment for cell culturing, harvesting, lysis, and high-speed centrifugation useful for biomolecule preparation.

Website:

http://biochem.cores.ucla.edu/general_info/

X-ray Crystallography Core Facility
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The X-ray Crystallography Core Facility in the Department of Engineering provides state-of-the-art resources to researchers, enabling the detailed 3-D analysis of biological macromolecules that play essential roles in human health. The facility operates as a full service core that offers access to sophisticated equipment and technologies as well as advice and technical assistance in sample preparation, data collection, processing, atomic refinement, and modeling. Services include: (1) aid in crystallization, (2) X-ray characterization of crystals, (3) X-ray data collection in-house and at the synchrotron, (4) processing and quality analysis of data, and (5) structure determination and display.

Website:

http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/x-ray-crystallography-core-technology-center/

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Microelectronics Shop
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The Microelectronics Shop provides technical support for research, teaching, and administrative functions. Two IT Programmer/Analysts and one Electronics Engineer are on staff to provide electronic design and fabrication for custom electronics solutions to unique situations encountered in research projects. The staff has expertise in Macintosh, IBM clone computers, peripherals, printers, and network interfacing, including installation, setup, upgrades, demonstration, troubleshooting, repair, and modification services. The Microelectronics Shop also provides design, development, and installation of local area networks, specifying hubs, network cards, cable types, and software. Consultation is provided to determine appropriate hardware/software solutions.

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Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy and Macroscale Imaging Facilities Images UCLA Westwood
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The mission of the Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy (ALMS) and Macroscale Imaging Facilities is to provide consultation, services, and support for the application of novel microscopic and spectroscopic methods and advanced image analysis techniques for the study of macromolecules, cellular dynamics, and nano-scale characterization of bio-materials. The facilities provide a collection of high-level, customized biological fluorescence microscopes and small-animal imaging devices that provide the ability to study biological processes with high spatial and temporal resolution in whole organisms and in living cells down to the single molecule detection level with nanometer accuracy. Services include: (1) wide-field fluorescence imaging microscopy (on a limited basis), (2) confocal one-photon and two-photon laser scanning microscopy (point scanning and spinning disk), (3) fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, (4) fluorescence resonance energy transfer, (5) microscopic and macroscopic fluorescence lifetime imaging with time-correlated-single-photon-counting and near-infrared detection, (6) stimulated emission depletion laser-scanning microscopy, (7) microscopic and macroscopic (small animal) spectral unmixing, and (8) laser capture microdissection.

Website:

http://alms.cnsi.ucla.edu/pages/homepage

Ahmanson Lovelace Brain Mapping Center Images UCLA Westwood
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The Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center is committed to facilitating the development and growth of the field of Brain Mapping, a sub-discipline of neuroscience which uses brain imaging to better understand the structure and function of the human brain in health and alterations associated with disease. It is comprised of resources located in the core facility, the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, as well as additional resources housed in the Reed Neurological Research Center and the Neuroscience Research Building. Services include: (1) imaging (MRI and PET), (2) NeuroModulation, (3) data analysis, (4) data center, and (5) the DIVE (Data Immersive Visualization Environment).

Website:

http://www.bmap.ucla.edu/services/

Behavioral Testing Core Animals UCLA Westwood
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Expertise and equipment for the design, implementation, and analysis of behavioral experiments. We work on a broad range of projects in both rats and mice, from behavioral phenotyping of novel transgenic mouse lines to developing rodent models of human clinical disorders.

Website:

http://btc.psych.ucla.edu/

Biobank & Translational Research Core Cells/Humans Cedars-Sinai
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The Biobank & Translational Research Core is a state-of-the-art biorepository that provides biospecimens for research, a pipeline of assays, and digital image analysis tools to perform quantitative measurements in tissue. Pathology services include histopathology services and the development of protocols for new antibodies and in-situ hybridization probes. Image analysis services include: (1) imaging of human and animal cells and tissues on glass slides, (2) tissue sections or tissue microarrays, (3) analysis of digital images generated with single or multiple probes in visible light or fluorescent wavelength ranges, and (4) web-based interface for access to images.

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Biobank-and-Translational-Research-Core/

Biobehavioral Research Core Animals Cedars-Sinai
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The Biobehavioral Research Core offers behavioral testing in rodents that ranges from the assessment of general health and neurological function (e.g., sensory and motor function) to the measurement of complex behaviors such as social interaction, memory, and learning. Assessments can be utilized for: (1) standard neurobehavioral assessment, (2) behavorial phenotyping, and (3) undesirable behavorial effects of drugs and biologics (gene, vaccine and stem cell therapies).

Website:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Animal-Models-Core/Biobehavioral-Research-Core/

Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core Cells/Images LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core provides four major resources to researchers: (1) the BD Calibur flow cytometer facility, which employs a dual-laser (argon and helium-neon), 4-color FACS Calibur flow cytometer and cell sorter to facilitate the molecular and physiological examination of individual cells and enable collection of living cells for further study; (2) the IVIS Lumina II system, a high-sensitivity, in vivo imaging technology platform that enables non-invasive visualization of both bioluminescent and fluorescent signals, tracking of cellular and therapeutic activities within a living organism in real time, and detection of signals from tissue, petri dishes, and microtiter plates; (3) a Luminex multiplex analyzer that utilizes xMAP microsphere technology and has the capability of performing up to 100 assays simultaneously in a single well of a microtiter plate; and (4) a Biotek Synergy 2 multi-mode microplate reader, a combination luminometer-fluorometer-absorbance detector capable of reading 96-well and larger plates that utilizes both filter-based and monochromatic-based light-detection technology.

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Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility Images UCLA Westwood
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The Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility (BCIF) provides resources for data acquisition and analysis for radioactive, fluorescent, and photographic samples as well as digital imaging and document production. BCIF provides round-the-clock access to a cluster of modern equipment such as Typhoons 9410 and 9400 Variable Mode Imagers, Storm 820 and 840 imagers, Laser Densitometer, Gel Documentation System, color printers, and high-resolution scanners. In addition, BCIF provides unlimited scientific data storage space on its secure storage arrays to all participating labs and access to a number of software packages for data analysis and digital data processing.

Website:

http://www.biolchem.ucla.edu/biological-chemistry-imaging-facility

Biological Samples Processing Core Humans UCLA Westwood
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The facility offers DNA extractions from whole blood and other tissue types, and storage of extracted DNA. BSPC uses the Autopure LS™ nucleic acid purification instrument from Gentra Systems for extracting DNA. This instrument provides a highly automated process with very high quality DNA, samples are quantitated using OD 260/280. Once DNA has been obtained from the provided sample, it can be returned immediately or stored in -20°C freezer for future use. We'll also aliquot DNA at the desired concentrations. DNA can be stored indefinitely within BSPC. All samples are logged in our database and are bar-coded with our sample number and customer's identification code. BSPC will soon initiate RNA extraction.

Website:

https://www.semel.ucla.edu/research/core/biological-samples-processing-core---bspc

Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility (Stable Isotope Tracing) Molecules LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility (BMSF) supports clinical research projects in clinical nutrition and metabolic research. The BMSF specializes in experimental design using stable isotopes and analytical methods (13C carbon tracing) for physiological or metabolic investigations. It provides unique services in isotopomer distribution analysis of metabolites (tracer-based metabolomics) using GC/MS (or LC-TOF). In addition, the BMSF offers collaborations in the area of metabolite profiling and modeling of metabolic systems with tracers. Services provided includes: (1) sample preparation, (2) quantitative and qualitative analysis by GC/MS, IRMS and LC/MS, (3) consultation, (4) collaboration in metabolite profiling and tracer-based metabolomics, and (5) training on approved projects.

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Bionutrition Core Humans LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The CTRC Bionutrition Core at LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA provides services to outpatient, overnight / extended stay and community based studies. A metabolic kitchen is dedicated to the preparation of nutrient controlled and regular meals. The Bionutrition Core has a metabolic assessment room with DXA, indirect calorimetry, BIA and anthropometric tools that integrates body composition, bone mineral density, and energy expenditure testing. The Bionutrition Core also provides state-of-the-art nutrition computing facilities with programs for nutrient analysis, semi-quantitative food frequency analysis, and design and specification of research diets. The Bionutrition Core personnel are experienced with REDCAP and can facilitate the collection and tracking of nutrition data for research studies. Training in nutrition research methodology is available to research fellows and other students.

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Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core Computations Cedars-Sinai
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The Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core is a resource for biostatistical and bioinformatics consulting and related methodological research, and serves as a focal point from which investigators may draw statistical expertise for planning, management, and analysis of their studies. Faculty and staff at the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core: (1) coordinate and manage statistical activities at Cedars-Sinai to ensure that investigators have ready access to statistical consultation and support, (2) provide statistical expertise in the design of experiments and studies, including research proposal development, sample size determination, randomization procedures and plans for interim reviews and final analysis, (3) assist with the writing of statistical components of manuscripts, (4) review the integrity and statistical soundness of all studies involving human subjects, (5) provide statistical analysis for projects using appropriate statistical and computing methodologies and assist in the interpretation and presentation of results, (6) interact and collaborate with the Clinical Research Office in the development of protocols and the monitoring and reporting of clinical data, (7) maintain a computing facility with up-to-date software for statistical analysis to support program project investigators, and (8) conduct biostatistical and bioinformatics methodology research on practical problems arising in basic science populational and clinical studies.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Biostatistical-Sciences/

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Cellular Bioenergetics Core Cells UCLA Westwood
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The Cellular Bioenergetics Core provides access to the XF24-3, a unique instrument that quantifies the activity of two major cellular energetic pathways, mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis, in cultured cells. The XF Technology: (1) measures O2 consumption rate, extracellular acidification rate, and CO2 production rate of living cells simultaneously in real time, (2) does not require the addition of dyes, labels, or reporters, (3) is capable of assaying cell lines, primary cells, isolated mitochondria, and small tissue pieces, (4) typically requires only 30,000 to 80,000 cells/well in 24-well plates, (5) measures adherent cells without requiring trypsinization, (6) does not affect cells and plates, which can then be used for an additional assay, (7) allows measurements to be repeated multiple times to measure kinetic responses, and (8) accommodates the addition of up to four test compounds (drugs or substrates) to each well, with measurements performed before and after the addition of each compound.

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Center for Aids Research Humanized Mouse Core Animals UCLA Westwood
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The overall goal of the Center for Aids Research (CFAR) Humanized Mouse Core is to provide the infrastructure, materials, animals, technical expertise, and support that will facilitate the use of humanized immunodeficient mice in studies examining the pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-induced disease and cancer. Services include: (1) procuring immunodeficient mice at a reduced cost, (2) providing specialized animal laboratories for the construction, housing, and maintenance of immunodeficient mice, (3) constructing humanized mice, (4) developing and optimizing new humanized mouse models, (5) providing technical expertise and consultation on humanized mouse models. The core also provides consultation in flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, PCR, and other assays.

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http://aidsinstitute.ucla.edu/cfar/humanized-mouse-core

Center for Aids Research Virology Core Laboratory Cells UCLA Westwood
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The Center for Aids Research (CFAR) Virology Core Laboratory provides a wide array of services for both HIV/AIDS and other researchers. It offers testing services (p24 ELISA, real time and digital droplet PCR for the detection of HIV cDNA, HIV viral load), blood and blood cell products. In addition, the core maintains a fully equipped and stocked BSL2+ facility for scientists that do not have wet lab space, new investigators joining UCLA or investigators that do not have such lab space. The UCLA/CFAR Virology Core Laboratory also maintains real time PCR instrumentation and a QX200 Bio Rad Digital Droplet PCR System. Finally,the core is able to assist individual researchers with special projects related to, but not limited, HIV detection.

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http://www.virology.med.ucla.edu/

Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers Laboratory Humans UCLA Westwood
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The UCLA Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers (CVIB) Laboratory provides global clinical and research services, including: (1) standardized multi-center imaging protocol development and quality control, (2) image de-identification, transfer, banking, and distribution, (3) cutting-edge quantitative image feature extraction, analysis, and data management, and (4) full service clinical trial management with regulatory compliance. CVIB has an exclusive contract with MedQIA Imaging CRO (www.medqia.com) to provide FDA-compliant services for industry-funded clinical trials worldwide. CVIB also provides clinical quantitative imaging services within UCLA Healthcare and to overseas hospital departments.

Key attributes of the CVIB Core Laboratory are: (1) image quality, (2) accurate and reproducible quantitation, (3) rigorous science, (4) high throughput, (5) well-managed and on-time service, and (6) user friendly.

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http://cvib.ucla.edu/

Center for Human Nutrition Humans UCLA Westwood
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The Center for Human Nutrition provides Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) Body Composition Analysis. DXA body composition analysis is considered the "gold standard" for measurement of body fat including visceral fat estimation, and gives an accurate measure for assessing health. Specialized scans to assess Bone Mineral Density analysis are available, which can be utilized for assessing bone health and risk estimation of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

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Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Ambulatory Unit Humans LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Ambulatory Unit is located near the main hospital in a 5,500square-foot area. It has 9 exam rooms, 5 of which have hospital beds for extended or overnight visits (less than 24 hours). Three of the beds have sleep monitoring equipment to allow overnight sleep studies. A multipurpose room also houses an additional hospital bed, an infusion chair, and a phlebotomy area. The unit also has 2 consultation / interview rooms and a processing laboratory with cold and ambient centrifuges, refrigerators, and a freezer for temporary sample storage. The Ambulatory Unit adjoins a small audio-video room and a 2,000-square-foot conference room for research education-related activities. The conference room can be converted into 3 smaller areas for groups, family, and individual interviews or behavioral testing. The unit is staffed with experienced registered nurses, registered dieticians, and medical assistants.

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Computed Tomographic Core Humans LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The Computed Tomographic (CT) Reading Core specializes in cardiac, vascular, and body composition imaging using advanced CT workstations, advanced quality control methods, systems storage, and analytical methods for multiple investigations. It provides unique services in atherosclerosis imaging including plaque quantification, perfusion imaging, and diagnostic services. In addition, the CT Reading Core offers collaborations in the area of renal, hepatic, vascular, and pulmonary imaging, as well as body composition and endothelial function assessment.

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Computing Technologies Research Laboratory Computations UCLA Westwood
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The Computing Technologies Research Laboratory (CTRL) specializes in research and clinical data collection, management, and reporting solutions. They develop Internet-accessible, web-based database applications that enable and enhance clinical & basic research and education, in the biomedical community. Services include: (1) web application development, (2) mobile app programming, (3) database design and hosting, and (4) digital video production / telemedicine for conferencing and the classroom.

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http://www.ctrl.ucla.edu

Department of Medicine Statistics Core Computations UCLA Westwood
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The primary objective of DOMStat is to provide study design and statistical analysis collaboration to investigators in the Department of Medicine. DOMStat offers faculty and staff level statistical collaboration for grant proposals, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and other research activities requiring statistical input.

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http://domstat.med.ucla.edu

Confocal & Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core Images Cedars-Sinai
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The Confocal core provides imaging services for live and fixed samples such as cells and tissue sections, utilizing a variety of imaging techniques including spectral imaging, FRET, and FRAP. The Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core educates, trains, and supports investigators in in vivo imaging of small animal models (e.g., tumor biology, immunology, stem cell tracking, vascular imaging, senescence imaging, etc.). Consultation is available free-of-charge for initial experimental design, training, and for image analysis.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Confocal-and-Two-Photon-Core/

Department of Medicine Statistics Core Computations UCLA Westwood
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The primary objective of DOMStat is to provide study design and statistical analysis collaboration to investigators in the Department of Medicine. DOMStat offers faculty and staff level statistical collaboration for grant proposals, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and other research activities requiring statistical input.

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http://domstat.med.ucla.edu

Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines Images UCLA Westwood
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The Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines (EICN) provides state-of-the-art electron microscopy instruments and assisted usage services. Highly experienced staff provides necessary training and can help users address complex electron imaging needs. EICN offers advanced electron imaging techniques for visualizing materials, nanomachines, and cellular structures at atomic or nanometer scales in 2D and 3D. In addition, our latest integrated iCorr technology enables a streamlined approach to correlative microscopy to perform both fluorescence light and electron microscopy for biological research. Services available: (1) instrument training, (2) self usage, (3) assisted usage, and (4) data processing.

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http://www.eicn.ucla.edu/

Electron Microscopy Core Facility Images UCLA Westwood
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The Electron Microscopy Services Center houses a JEOL 100CX transmission electron microscope. A Reichert Ultracut ultramicrotome is also available for use by trained personnel. Services include: (1) fixation and embedding of specimens, thin sectioning, (2) use of the electron microscopes (with or without assistance), (3) gold labeling, (4) negative stain, and (5) light microscopy of plastic embedded materials. The facility offers advice on appropriate preparatory procedures and other technical matters. Training and assistance in the use of the electron microscope is also offered.

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http://www.bri.ucla.edu/research/core-facilities

Endocrine and Metabolic Research Core Humans LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory supports clinical and translational investigators in many aspects of research through expertise in analytical testing and development of new methods. Over forty different procedures are offered through the Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory utilizing a variety of techniques including radioimmunoassay, fluoroimmunoassay, fluorometry and LC-MS/MS. Additionally, semen analyses and special andrological testing are available in the Andrology Laboratory.

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Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory Humans UCLA Westwood
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The Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory (EPRL) promotes the discipline of exercise physiology in research and teaching at the UCLA campus, and is unique in its focus on applied exercise physiology conducting human research. It promotes a prevention model of wellness, focused on forestalling disease development through the enhancement of health and fitness practices in individuals. Additionally, the research conducted in the EPRL analyzes cutting edge technology with an aim of improving performance in fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike. Health-fitness assessments include: (1) aerobic performance; (2) pulmonary function; (3) body composition; (4) muscle performance; (5) functional movement screen; (6) total energy expenditure; (7) sleep quality; (8) cardiovascular health risk & HRV; (9) posture; and (10) performance tracking.

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https://exerciselab.med.ucla.edu/

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Flow Cytometry Core Cells Cedars-Sinai
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The Flow Cytometry Core is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for cell analysis and sorting, utilizing fluorescent probes targeted to specific cell-associated molecules to characterize the diversity and function of complex cell populations. Fluorescence-activated cell sorters can also individually identify and isolate live cells with a defined phenotype that can later be expanded and/or further studied.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Flow-Cytometry-Core/

Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory Cells UCLA Westwood
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The core laboratory provides instrumentation and technical and professional assistance for performing laser-based flow cytometric analysis and cell sorting. The facility also offers training in basic flow cytometry principles and in the operation of analytic cytometers. A second course teaches nucleic acid analysis and measurement of proliferation by flow cytometry as well as hands-on instrument set-up and use of the specialized DNA analysis software.

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http://cyto.mednet.ucla.edu

Genomics Core Genetics Cedars-Sinai
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The Genomics Core is focused on gathering Genome, Transcriptome, Epigenome and Metagenome information for investigators. Our mission is to make these complex technologies accessible and biologically interpretable for clinical and basic research scientists.

The Genomics Core enables investigators with little experience in sample preparation, quality control, or analysis to interrogate the genome. To facilitate this, we have developed general but complete wet-lab and bioinformatics analysis pipelines to accommodate standard needs and enable most genome-wide investigations. For more sophisticated or custom designs, we work actively in collaboration with other Cedars-Sinai cores and resources to facilitate investigations.

The Genomics Core now offers new applications, such as single-cell RNA sequencing, microbiome profiling and targeted transcriptome resequencing for FFPE samples, using a brand-new Illumina NextSeq, Illumina MiSeq and an Ion Proton™ Sequencer. The combination of instruments enables us to uniquely identify the best solutions for each project depending on sample size, sample quality, price and turnaround time.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Genomics-Core/

Guenther Molecular Biology Core Molecules LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The Guenther Molecular Biology Core supports investigators performing morphological, biochemical, cell and molecular biological studies both at cellular and subcellular levels. Consultation and training services are provided for localization of genes, RNA transcripts and proteins in complex tissues as well subcellular distribution in tissues. The laboratory houses five types of state-of the art equipment: an Agilent Bioanalyzer, two Applied Biosystem StepOne Plus Sequence Detection Systems, one Applied Biosystems 7900HT 384 well real-time quantitative PCR system, one Leica Confocal SP8 platform, and a Palm Microbeam. The Guenther Core also has a facility for immunohistochemistry studies.

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High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry Core Cells LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry (HRTR) Core supports investigators in mitochondrial physiology and pathophysiology studies. The core provides consultation, training, and services for assessment of oxidative phosphorylation in isolated mitochondria, permeabilized cells, or tissue preparations. The HRTR Core uses Oroboros Oxygraph-2k High Resolution Respirometry equipment. Applications of HRTR include: (1) diagnosis of acquired and genetic mitochondrial diseases, myopathies, and neuromuscular pathologies, (2) study of pathologies with reduced cellular respiration, (3) studies on cell function and cell death, (4) aging and senescence, (5) oxidative stress and antioxidant systems, (6) ischemia-reperfusion injury, (7) cancer research / pharmacological tests, (8) environmental stress, and (9) metabolic substrate balance.

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Imaging Core Humans/Images Cedars-Sinai
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The Imaging Core of the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute is an advanced imaging center that provides comprehensive imaging services for basic and clinical researchers. This facility is designed for: (1) human and small/large animal imaging, (2) advanced imaging and analysis techniques (MR, Nuclear, CT, Optical), (3) assisted use by highly experienced staff, including imaging technologists, animal care associates, registered nurse and radiochemist, (4) consultations on study design, imaging protocol, data analysis and post-processing, (5) radiolabeling and customized novel imaging probe development, (6) advanced MR spectroscopy and analysis techniques, (7) TCA cycle metabolic analysis with parahydrogen induced polarization, (8) umbrella protocols and bridge funding for pilot studies, and (9) research PACS and post-processing software.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Imaging/

Immune Assessment Core Cells/Humans UCLA Westwood
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The Immune Assessment Core (IAC) is a CLIA certified laboratory that provides comprehensive immunological testing services for basic, clinical, and translational studies. The IAC provides both standardized and customized multi-parameter flow cytometry, multiplexed immunoassays and cellular immune function assays to evaluate the innate and adaptive immune status of study subjects. Validated tests include comprehensive immunophenotyping panels, multiplexed cytokine/chemokine detection in body fluids or culture supernatants, several ELISA assays, allo- and virus-specific T cell activation, T and B cell proliferation to antigens and mitogens, NK cell cytotoxicity, and granulocyte/monocyte oxidative burst. The core also performs customized assay development to meet the investigators’ needs.

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http://pathology.ucla.edu/iac

Immuno/BioSpot Core Cells UCLA Westwood
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The Immuno/BioSpot Core specializes in assays related to the detection, quantification, and qualification of biological spot assays and single-cell related analyses, including ELISPOT, colony counting, plaque assays, FluoroSpot, cell viability tests, apoptosis tests, in vivo/in vitro cytotoxicity measurements using cells labeled with fluorescent dyes, histochemistry stains, genotoxicity assays, multi-color intracellular/surface quantification, etc.

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Immunogenetics Center Humans UCLA Westwood
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The Immunogenetics Center provides comprehensive testing for organ and tissue transplantation to physicians, patients, pharmaceutical companies, and other medical facilities. It is one of the leading laboratories in the world, providing state-of-the-art technology and methodology with a comprehensive quality assurance program to ensure accuracy in testing. Services include: (1) HLA-class I (A,B,C) and class II (DR, DQ, DP) gene polymorphism typing, (2) histocompatibility testing (HLA antibody testing, MICA and endothelial cell antibody testing and crossmatch testing), (3) KIR and MICA gene typing and (4) immune assessment.

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http://pathology.ucla.edu/uic-hla

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core Cells Cedars-Sinai
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The Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Core at the Regenerative Medicine Institute uses the latest techniques to reprogram, expand, and characterize human iPSCs from human skin or blood tissues of healthy subjects and diseased patients. iPSCs are then turned into specific cells of the human body including components of the nervous system, eyes, blood, bones, heart, gut, liver, and pancreas, for use by researchers. Applications of this technology include human disease modeling-in-a-dish, developing human reporter cell lines via genetic modification, drug screening on pathological human cell types, and potentially developing cell replacement or regenerative therapies. The iPSC Core offers: (1) PSC quality control and characterization services, (2) bio-banking and PSC thawing, (3) imaging services, (4) cell lines, (5) custom MEF generation, and (6) training.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Induced-Pluripotent-Stem-Cell-Core-/

Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics Computations UCLA Westwood
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The Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics (ICNN) provides CNN faculty experts in statistical genetics, gene expression analysis, and bioinformatics will oversee the activities of highly-trained staff members who will accomplish three goals: 1) provide expert consultation and analyses for neurogenetics and neurogenomics projects; 2) develop and maintain a shared computing resource that will include a computational cluster for computation-intensive analyses, web-servers and state-of-the-art software tools for a wide range of applications (including user-friendly versions of public databases, as well as workstations on which ICNN users will be trained to employ these tools; and 3) provide hands-on training in analysis and informatics to the users. ICNN is developing a whole-genome data analysis pipeline, aimed at filtering and prioritizing genetic variation identified in whole-genome sequencing studies for further study.

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https://www.semel.ucla.edu/research/core/informatics-center-neurogenetics-and-neurogenomics-icnn

Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC) Cells/Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The IMTC services include (but are not limited to): (1) consultation and troubleshooting in techniques for efficient gene delivery, as well as cloning and functional protein expression in mammalian cells in vitro and in vivo, (2) consultation and to perform customized gene expression profiling, cytological phenotype profiling, and high-throughput molecular screening studies by utilizing high-throughput and highly automated robotic systems. The Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC) is therefore intended to serve as a comprehensive resource that will provide access to state-of-the-art molecular tools and thereby aims to facilitate the research activities of CURE: DDRCC investigators.

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http://www.cure.med.ucla.edu/cores/integrated-molecular-technologies-core-imtc

J.D. McCullough Crystallography Laboratory Molecules UCLA Westwood
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Provides 3-dimensional structure of small molecules in solid crystals via X-ray crystallography. Equipped for characterization of polycrystalline solid materials using powder and thin film diffraction techniques. The laboratory is a full service facility where staff deals with all aspects of service from crystal selection to publication of results. In-house training is a requirement if you wish to use the equipment yourself. Part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center, which is a campus wide facility open to the UCLA community. The facility also collaborates with personnel from other universities and industry both locally and internationally.

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http://uccore-ucla.org/node/41

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Large Animal Core Animals LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The LA BioMed Animal Care and Use Program is uniquely designed to accommodate large animal models, and is equipped with several large animal surgical suites containing anesthesia machines, monitoring equipment, fluoroscopes, and a CT Scanner. The major types of studies center around perinatal lung development, the effect of the fetal environment on development, antibody production, vascular implant surgery, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Services include: (1) protocol development, (2) animal procurement, (3) animal care procedures, (4) animal health programs, (5) special services, and (6) training programs.

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Lipidomics Laboratory Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The UCLA Lipidomics Laboratory provides the highest quality of quantitative lipid measurements from biological samples including cells, tissue, serum, and media. The lab offers automated sample preparation and two distinct mass spectrometry platforms: 1) shotgun lipidomics providing measurement of 1100 complex lipid species and 2) a fatty acid and sterols analysis compatible with isotopic labeling. Our full-service lab provides data analysis (including computational modeling of lipid flux parameters) and consultation services.

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http://www.uclalipidomics.net/

Macromolecular Crystallization Facility Molecules UCLA Westwood
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Consultation and technical assistance available to researchers prior to, and following, experiments. Evaluation of sample via Dynamic Light Scattering. Automatic setup of 4000 crystallization conditions per hour using 500uL of sample. (Hanging or Sitting Drops) Capable of distinguishing between organic and inorganic crystals using a sophisticated UV/vis microscope. Optimization of crystallization conditions. Storage of plates in temperature controlled incubators at 4°, 15°, and 20° C. Optimization of crystallization conditions using a library of 1,500 commercial compounds. Production of stereolithography files from Pymol, 3D design of labware, 3D printing.

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http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/crystallization/

Magnetic Resonance Facility Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The Magnetic Resonance Facility houses six nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers and one electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer.

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http://www.mic.ucla.edu/magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy

Mass Spectrometry and Biomarker Discovery Core Molecules Cedars-Sinai
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The Mass Spectrometry and Biomarker Discovery Core strives to provide high-quality services to researchers interested in applying mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics technologies to address their biomedical research questions. The core provides fee-based services for protein identification and quantification, post-translational modification analysis and metabolite analysis. The core is also available to the research community for grant funded collaborative research inside and outside of Cedars-Sinai. Services include: (1) peptide in-solution, (2) gel bands/spots, (3) molecular weight determination by direct infusion, (4) post-translational modifications, and (5) metabolites.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Mass-Spectrometry-and-Biomarker-Discovery-Core/

Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory provides a wide range of sample characterization techniques for researchers. Mass spectrometry services include: (1) a variety of ionization methods including electron, chemical, matrix assisted laser desorption, direct analysis in real time, electrospray, and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, (2) a variety of analyzers including time of flight, quadrupole, ion trap, Orbitrap, ion cyclotron resonance, and several tandem combinations of mass analyzers, and (3) microflow and nanoflow liquid chromatography. For proteomics studies, equipment is available for running and analyzing 1-D and 2-D gels, transferring mini- and mid-size gels, gel imaging, spot cutting, in-gel digestion, and protein/peptide identification. In addition, the facility provides consultation for sample preparation, experimental design, gel staining, analysis of protein expression patterns, western and lectin blots, in-gel trypic digestion, data mining, and operation of the various instruments. This laboratory is a part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center.

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http://www.mic.ucla.edu/mass-spectrometry

Materials Characterization Laboratory Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The Materials Characterization Laboratory offers thermal, optical, microscopic, electrical, and magnetic characterization of materials and elemental analysis of surfaces via a wide range of instruments including: (1) light scattering spectrometers, (2) several spectrophotometers, (3) scanning probe microscopes (AFM/STM), (4) a SQUID magnetometer, (5) a scanning electron microscope, and (6) an X-Ray photoelectron spectrometer. This laboratory is a part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center.

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http://www.mic.ucla.edu/materials-characterization

Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core Cells Cedars-Sinai
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The Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core provides comprehensive services for analysis of metabolism and mitochondrial function in the research setting, with plans to expand to provide clinical services. For in-depth mitochondrial characterization, services may include seahorse respirometry, seahorse XFp, mitochondrial isolation from tissue, seahorse data analysis, keyence microscope, indirect calorimetry (CLAMS), CLAMS data analysis, body composition (NMR), citrate synthase, complex 1, Amplex Red, Swelling Assay, and mtDNA/nucDNA. In-depth mitochondrial characterization may include mitochondrial morphometry, turnover rates, respirometry, membrane potential, mPTP susceptibility, cytochrome c release, free radical production, mtDNA sequencing and 8- oxo-dG analysis.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Metabolism-and-Mitochondrial/

Metabolomics and Proteomics Center Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The UCLA Metabolomics and Proteomics Center enables investigators to study metabolism with a particular focus on central carbon metabolism (glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, TCA cycle, nucleos(t)ide synthesis, etc.). Metabolite analysis can be performed on a variety of specimens (e.g. cultured cells, culture medium, blood, urine, tissue). Generally, relative amounts of metabolites are measured, but absolute amounts can be determined as well. Tracing experiments using stable isotope-labeled metabolites (D, C-13, N-15) are routinely performed. For data analysis, relative amounts of metabolites as well as mass isotopologue distributions (if isotope tracing was performed) are calculated. Results are illustrated using bar graphs, heatmaps, principal component analysis, and mapping to Cytoscape maps.

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http://systems.crump.ucla.edu/metabolomics_center/

Microbiome Core Genetics UCLA Westwood
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The UCLA Microbiome Core performs services related to microbiome studies including human sample collection, fecal processing, 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing (including feces, tissues, intestinal lavage, rectal sponges, vaginal swabs), bioinformatics analysis of 16S rRNA data in relation to phenotypes/interventions, quantitative PCR of total bacterial load, fecal calprotectin measurement, and long-term storage of fecal aliquots as well as extracted microbial DNA. The Microbiome Core also performs shotgun metagenomics and metatranscriptomics on a custom basis.

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https://www.uclahealth.org/gastro/jacobs-lab/core-services

Microelectronics Shop Shops UCLA Westwood
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The Microelectronics Shop provides technical support for research, teaching, and administrative functions. Two IT Programmer/Analysts and one Electronics Engineer are on staff to provide electronic design and fabrication for custom electronics solutions to unique situations encountered in research projects. The staff has expertise in Macintosh, IBM clone computers, peripherals, printers, and network interfacing, including installation, setup, upgrades, demonstration, troubleshooting, repair, and modification services. The Microelectronics Shop also provides design, development, and installation of local area networks, specifying hubs, network cards, cable types, and software. Consultation is provided to determine appropriate hardware/software solutions.

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Microscopic Techniques Laboratory Images UCLA Westwood
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The Microscopic Techniques Laboratory offers instructions in microscopic techniques and assistance in tissue specimen preparation for light microscopic observation. Histological procedures available include: (1) some immunocytochemistry staining, (2) special stains, (3) paraffin sectioning, (4) slide preparation for in situ hybridization, (5) cryostat sectioning, (6) plastic embedding and (6) sectioning. The laboratory also provides staining setups, a cryostat, microtomes, and a Nikon photomicroscope for use by trained personnel.

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http://www.bri.ucla.edu/research/core-facilities

Mitochondria and Metabolism Core Cells UCLA Westwood
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The UCLA Mitochondrial and Metabolism Core provides the necessary technical and conceptual resources for studying mitochondrial function. Services include respirometry assays in intact cells, permeabilized cells, and isolated mitochondria using the Seahorse XF96 Extracellular Flux Analyzer. An Operetta High Content Imaging System is also available for measurements of mitochondrial mass, membrane potential and reactive oxygen species, among other applications. The Mitochondria and Metabolism Core provides in-depth training and scheduled use of instruments or full service options for assay design, performance, and data analysis.

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Molecular Screening Shared Resource Images/Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The MSSR is a core facility open to all research labs on campus. The services provided include the use of high throughput screening (HTS) technology, a total of roughly 200,000 compounds in various libraries, siRNA sets of the druggable genome for mouse and human and a database of results from screens. Please use the links above to find out more about the MSSR. The MSSR is currently funded by the JCCC, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean’s office, David Geffen School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute.

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http://www.mssr.ucla.edu/

Molecular Therapeutics Core Molecules Cedars-Sinai
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The Molecular Therapeutics Core provides a cross-disciplinary resource for researchers engaged in structural biology, therapeutics development, and drug discovery research. Services include: (1) pilot recombinant protein production, (2) large-scale protein production, (3) biophysical characterization, (4) molecular modeling and drug design, and (5) x-ray crystallographic services. Initial consultations are available free-of-charge.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Molecular-Therapeutics-Core/

Mouse Physiology Laboratory Animals UCLA Westwood
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The Mouse Physiology Core Laboratory facility is dedicated to the phenotypic assessment of mouse and rat models of disease using a wide variety of integrative approaches. Our aim is to provide a cost effective means for investigators to reveal important functional aspects of their mouse and rat models without having to individually invest in hiring skilled personnel and in the purchase of expensive instrumentation. We specialize in ultrasound (echo) & telemetric assessments, survival and non-survival surgeries, acute and chronic evaluations of cardiac and neuro-regulatory function as well as basic metabolic and exercise assessments. The lab is also capable of certification testing of new drugs or substances intended for human use by performing FDA approved (GLP certified 21 CFR part 58 including part 11 compliance) studies on rodent models.

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http://www.physiology.ucla.edu/Labs/Mouselab.htm

Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory Images UCLA Westwood
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The Nano and Pico Characterization (NPC) Laboratory provides Provides both state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to visualize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures and devices at the atomic and molecular scale as well as a unique opportunity for researchers to gain insight into local properties under a wide range of experimental conditions.

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http://nanopicolab.cnsi.ucla.edu/

Neuroscience Genomics Core Genetics UCLA Westwood
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The UCLA Neurosciences Genomics Core (UNGC) is currently operating an Illumina BeadLab 1000 high throughput SNP genotyping system (iScan), a Sequenom MassArray Compact mass spec and and two Illumina HiSeq 2500 next generation sequencing instruments in the Gonda research facility on the UCLA campus. Services include: RNA/DNA sequencing (Non UCLA neuro labs please inquire about service availability). Custom snp genotyping using the high throughput Illumina iSelect assays and with the Sequenom iPlex assay. Genotyping using all currently available Illumina Infinium whole genome chips. Gene expression using Illumina human expression chips. Whole genome methylation using Illumina Meth-450 chips. Project costs can be highly dependent on scale, with significant discounts potentially applying to larger projects.? For project specific pricing please contact? Joe DeYoung, Facility Manager.

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https://www.semel.ucla.edu/ungc

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Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Molecules UCLA Westwood
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Provides consultation, training, and access to and technical assistance for metabolomics, proteomics (top-down and bottom-up) and targeted small molecule quantitation using mass spectrometery and contemporary chromatography.

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https://massspec.chem.ucla.edu/

Pathology Research Portal Humans UCLA Westwood
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Two previous research laboratories, the Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory (CTRL) and the Clinical Immunology Research Laboratory (CIRL) have been restructured into the Pathology Research Portal (PRP). This new addition to the Center for Pathology Research Services functions as the biospecimen liaison between researchers and clinical testing, and provides coordination for sample receiving, accessioning, processing, short term and long term storage, dispatching to multiple core facilities for testing, and result retrieving. PRP also provides shipping and temporary storage services, and can also provide customized services to meet various research needs.

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http://pathology.ucla.edu/ctrl

Preclinical Imaging Technology Center Images UCLA Westwood
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Provides state-of-the-art small animal imaging. It functions both as a shared preclinical imaging resource for UCLA researchers and as a hub for emerging imaging research and technology development. The same technologies and services are also available to the larger research community including other academic institutes and industry groups through contract work. The Imaging Center, operating through its sales-and-service, offers microPET, microCT, bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging modalities and complementary in vitro/ex vivo services including cell-based assays, biodistribution, digital autoradiography and dosimetry. Companion PET tracer radiochemistry and radiolabeling services are available in-house and is supported by on-campus cyclotron facilities. Technical and analytical support are available throughout the study process: initial consultation, experimental design and optimization, imaging protocols and techniques, post-acquisition data analysis and interpretation. Training and staff assistance The Imaging Center is part of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging and is supported by the expertise of its faculty members, world leaders in various imaging sciences.

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https://imaging.crump.ucla.edu/

Protein Expression Technology Center Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The Protein Expression Technology Center (PETC) was founded in 1994 to facilitate the expression and purification of proteins for structure/function studies. The PETC provides support in all aspects of protein expression from cloning through expression optimization and protein purification. The PETC is a UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics facility but is open to all researchers.

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http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/expression/

Proteome Research Center Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The UCLA Proteome Research Center is a full-service technology center that offers a comprehensive suite of proteomic services to the UCLA community and other partnering institutions. By bringing together state-of-the-art instrumentation and high- level technical staff, the goal of the facility is to transform traditional experimental paradigms by providing investigators access to powerful analytical workflows for systems-level characterization of complex biological systems, biomarker discovery and validation, and protein complex characterization. Available services include: (1) complex protein mixture analysis using single and multidimensional fractionation strategies, (2) peptide quantitation using SILAC, iTRAQ / TMT, and label-free methodologies, (3) targeted and global PTM enrichment and characterization approaches, (4) identification of protein interaction networks using affinity-based isolation and proximity tagging techniques, and (5) targeted proteomic assay development using parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) for relative and absolute quantitation.

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http://www.uclaproteomics.net/

Pulmonary Function and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Core Lab Humans LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA
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The pulmonary function testing (PFT) cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) core lab facility supports investigators in pulmonary function and cardiopulmonary exercise testing studies. PFT consists of an array of non-invasive tests of abnormality of lung mechanics and pulmonary gas exchange used to detect the presence of, and quantify the severity of, a range of lung diseases. CPET provides a whole-body assessment of the integrative exercise responses involving the pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, neuropsychological, and skeletal muscle systems, which are not adequately reflected through the measurement of individual organ system function. The CPET Core Lab will provide consultation, training, and services for clinical research using PFT and CPET. The Core Lab is also highly-experienced in multicenter clinical trials using PFT and CPET measurements.

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Rodent Genetics Core Animals Cedars-Sinai
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The Rodent Genetics Core is a division within the Animal Models Core, specializing in the production of genetically modified animals. The core offers high-quality, specific pathogen-free transgenic and knockout (knock-in) mice carrying genes of specific interest to a broad range of biomedical research projects to investigators at Cedars-Sinai, as well as affiliated and outside institutions. The core also helps design the DNA constructs for pronuclear microinjection or gene targeting with the most up-to-date genetic technologies such as the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system. The core also offers assisted fertilization services followed by embryo transfer to save mutant mouse lines, as well as cryopreservation of embryos and sperm for conservation of genetic resources. The core encourages interactive usage of these animals among Cedars-Sinai investigators.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Animal-Models-Core/Rodent-Genetics-Core/

Semel Institute Biostatistics Core Computations UCLA Westwood
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The Semel Institute Biostatistics Core (SIStat) is a team of expert biostatisticians, methodologists, and research support staff. The mission of the core is to foster research productivity and quality by helping faculty design sound research projects, obtain independent funding, and correctly analyze data. Services include: (1) development of electronic data entry systems, (2) biostatistics services, (3) development of patient assessment software, and (4) development of administrative systems software. Support is offered for projects ranging from small pilot studies to large, long-running, multi-site center studies.

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http://www.sistat.ucla.edu/

Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic Computations UCLA Westwood
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The Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic (SBCC) provides assistance to health care researchers at every step of their task, from grant proposals through publication. Consulting services are available to biotech companies, physicians conducting clinical trials, clinicians conducting operations research, and students working on theses or post-doctoral research. Services include: (1) statistical analysis, (2) clinical trials preparation, (3) data preparation and editing, (4) assistance with grant methodology sections, (5) planning for data acquisition, (6) form design, (7) modeling, (8) programming, (9) study design/protocol development, (10) file maintenance, (11) programs for the PC, (12) workshops in statistics/methods, (13) design and/or implementation of databases, and (14) report preparation for proposals and/or publication.

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http://biomath.ucla.edu/about/consulting

Technology Center for Genomics & Bioinformatics (TCGB) Genetics UCLA Westwood
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Technology Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (TCGB) is a CAP-accredited, fully automated, high-throughput genomic facility equipped with all major next generation sequencing and microarray platforms. The Core provides pre-experiment consultation and post-experiment support, including preparation of grant applications and publications, and strategic planning for additional research steps. The TCGB also provides educational training to faculty, staff, and students to raise awareness on new directions and major discoveries in the areas of genomics and bioinformatics. Services include: (1) next generation sequencing, (2) microarray analysis, and (3) quality control services for RNA, miRNA, and DNA samples including RNA/DNA extraction, cDNA synthesis for quantitative-PCR, and qRT- PCR.

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http://pathology.ucla.edu/tcgb

Tissue Culture Core Cells Cedars-Sinai
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The Tissue Culture Core is utilized by investigators for establishing and storing permanent cell lines. Special expertise in the area of human tissue/cell handling is available, including the critical function of developing immortalized B-cell lines (lymphoblastoid cell lines) from participants in large-scale genetics studies. Other procedures include: (1) plasma and serum separation, aliquotting, and storage, (2) sterile and viable lymphocyte separation and storage, (3) separation and storage of buffy coat pellets, and (4) establishment and long-term culture of chondrocyte and fibroblast cell lines.

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Translational Pathology Core Laboratory Humans UCLA Westwood
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The Translational Pathology Core Laboratory (TPCL) provides an array of pathology-related services in support of basic, translational, and clinical research. Expert consultative services are offered to investigators in pathology-related study design, tissue selection, microscopic interpretation, immunohistochemistry/in situ hybridization, laser capture microdissection, digital image analysis, and IRB-related tissue questions. Services include: (1) tissue procurement, storage, and provision, (2) histology-related services, (3) immunohistochemistry, (4) in situ hybridization, (5) digital imaging and image analysis, (6) laser capture microdissection, (7) pathology consultative services, and (8) advice on research protocols, safety issues, and IRB applications.

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http://pathology.ucla.edu/tpcl

Translational Research Imaging Center Images UCLA Westwood
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The Translational Research Imaging Center (TRIC) at UCLA is a state-of-the- art, pre-clinical and human cadaver, diagnostic and interventional imaging center. With over 25 years of expertise, our team of physicians, scientists, fellows, technologists, and veterinary staff support pre-clinical studies and imaging procedures across the field of medicine. TRIC is dedicated to the development and testing of new medical devices, imaging technologies, drug therapies as well as novel treatments. Our dedicated staff include: Board-certified Interventional Radiologists, Board-certified Radiologists, MR Physicists, Veterinarians, Statisticians, and Experienced Research Assistants. The TRIC Lab imaging equipment and support systems include: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Siemens Magnetom 3T Prisma MRI whole-body system, X-Ray Angiography – Siemens Artis Zeego Angiogram Suite with robotic C arm with 3D rotational angiography and DynaCT capabilities, Computed Tomography (CT) – Siemens Somatom Definition 64 Dual Source scanner, X-Ray Angiography – Philips Allura Xper FD-10 Angiogram Suite with floor mounted C arm with 3D rotational angiography capabilities, iU22 Philips Ultrasound system for general imaging, PACS data management system, observation and recovery suites, multi-modality 3D-image post-processing, High-Definition video integration for Telepresence video conferencing.

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http://radiology.ucla.edu/pre-clinical-services

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UCLA-DOE & Biochemistry Shared Instrumentation Core Facility Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The UCLA-DOE and Biochemistry Shared Instrumentation core facility provides the UCLA research community open access to sophisticated equipment for biochemical studies. These facilities house a wide array of detection systems useful for analysis, quantification, and identification of all types of macromolecules and their molecular interactions. It also carries equipment for cell culturing, harvesting, lysis, and high-speed centrifugation useful for biomolecule preparation.

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http://biochem.cores.ucla.edu/general_info/

X-ray Crystallography Core Facility Molecules UCLA Westwood
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The X-ray Crystallography Core Facility in the Department of Engineering provides state-of-the-art resources to researchers, enabling the detailed 3-D analysis of biological macromolecules that play essential roles in human health. The facility operates as a full service core that offers access to sophisticated equipment and technologies as well as advice and technical assistance in sample preparation, data collection, processing, atomic refinement, and modeling. Services include: (1) aid in crystallization, (2) X-ray characterization of crystals, (3) X-ray data collection in-house and at the synchrotron, (4) processing and quality analysis of data, and (5) structure determination and display.

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http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/x-ray-crystallography-core-technology-center/

Zebrafish Core Animals UCLA Westwood
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The Zebrafish Core facilitates the use and quick access of common mutation, genetically-engineered transgenic zebrafish, and routine techniques of zebrafish manipulation by investigators. Services include: (1) providing space to house zebrafish and perform large-scale genetic screens, (2) providing embryos for experiments, (3) generation of transgenic zebrafish, and (4) cryostorage of zebrafish sperm and re-derivation of live fish. Training is available for select techniques and zebrafish husbandry.

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https://www.mcdb.ucla.edu/Research/Zebrafish/

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Biobehavioral Research Core
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The Biobehavioral Research Core offers behavioral testing in rodents that ranges from the assessment of general health and neurological function (e.g., sensory and motor function) to the measurement of complex behaviors such as social interaction, memory, and learning. Assessments can be utilized for: (1) standard neurobehavioral assessment, (2) behavorial phenotyping, and (3) undesirable behavorial effects of drugs and biologics (gene, vaccine and stem cell therapies).

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Animal-Models-Core/Biobehavioral-Research-Core/

Rodent Genetics Core
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The Rodent Genetics Core is a division within the Animal Models Core, specializing in the production of genetically modified animals. The core offers high-quality, specific pathogen-free transgenic and knockout (knock-in) mice carrying genes of specific interest to a broad range of biomedical research projects to investigators at Cedars-Sinai, as well as affiliated and outside institutions. The core also helps design the DNA constructs for pronuclear microinjection or gene targeting with the most up-to-date genetic technologies such as the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system. The core also offers assisted fertilization services followed by embryo transfer to save mutant mouse lines, as well as cryopreservation of embryos and sperm for conservation of genetic resources. The core encourages interactive usage of these animals among Cedars-Sinai investigators.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Animal-Models-Core/Rodent-Genetics-Core/

Cells

Biobank & Translational Research Core
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The Biobank & Translational Research Core is a state-of-the-art biorepository that provides biospecimens for research, a pipeline of assays, and digital image analysis tools to perform quantitative measurements in tissue. Pathology services include histopathology services and the development of protocols for new antibodies and in-situ hybridization probes. Image analysis services include: (1) imaging of human and animal cells and tissues on glass slides, (2) tissue sections or tissue microarrays, (3) analysis of digital images generated with single or multiple probes in visible light or fluorescent wavelength ranges, and (4) web-based interface for access to images.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Biobank-and-Translational-Research-Core/

Flow Cytometry Core
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The Flow Cytometry Core is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for cell analysis and sorting, utilizing fluorescent probes targeted to specific cell-associated molecules to characterize the diversity and function of complex cell populations. Fluorescence-activated cell sorters can also individually identify and isolate live cells with a defined phenotype that can later be expanded and/or further studied.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Flow-Cytometry-Core/

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core
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The Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Core at the Regenerative Medicine Institute uses the latest techniques to reprogram, expand, and characterize human iPSCs from human skin or blood tissues of healthy subjects and diseased patients. iPSCs are then turned into specific cells of the human body including components of the nervous system, eyes, blood, bones, heart, gut, liver, and pancreas, for use by researchers. Applications of this technology include human disease modeling-in-a-dish, developing human reporter cell lines via genetic modification, drug screening on pathological human cell types, and potentially developing cell replacement or regenerative therapies. The iPSC Core offers: (1) PSC quality control and characterization services, (2) bio-banking and PSC thawing, (3) imaging services, (4) cell lines, (5) custom MEF generation, and (6) training.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Induced-Pluripotent-Stem-Cell-Core-/

Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core
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The Metabolism and Mitochondrial Research Core provides comprehensive services for analysis of metabolism and mitochondrial function in the research setting, with plans to expand to provide clinical services. For in-depth mitochondrial characterization, services may include seahorse respirometry, seahorse XFp, mitochondrial isolation from tissue, seahorse data analysis, keyence microscope, indirect calorimetry (CLAMS), CLAMS data analysis, body composition (NMR), citrate synthase, complex 1, Amplex Red, Swelling Assay, and mtDNA/nucDNA. In-depth mitochondrial characterization may include mitochondrial morphometry, turnover rates, respirometry, membrane potential, mPTP susceptibility, cytochrome c release, free radical production, mtDNA sequencing and 8- oxo-dG analysis.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Metabolism-and-Mitochondrial/

Tissue Culture Core
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The Tissue Culture Core is utilized by investigators for establishing and storing permanent cell lines. Special expertise in the area of human tissue/cell handling is available, including the critical function of developing immortalized B-cell lines (lymphoblastoid cell lines) from participants in large-scale genetics studies. Other procedures include: (1) plasma and serum separation, aliquotting, and storage, (2) sterile and viable lymphocyte separation and storage, (3) separation and storage of buffy coat pellets, and (4) establishment and long-term culture of chondrocyte and fibroblast cell lines.

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The Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core is a resource for biostatistical and bioinformatics consulting and related methodological research, and serves as a focal point from which investigators may draw statistical expertise for planning, management, and analysis of their studies. Faculty and staff at the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core: (1) coordinate and manage statistical activities at Cedars-Sinai to ensure that investigators have ready access to statistical consultation and support, (2) provide statistical expertise in the design of experiments and studies, including research proposal development, sample size determination, randomization procedures and plans for interim reviews and final analysis, (3) assist with the writing of statistical components of manuscripts, (4) review the integrity and statistical soundness of all studies involving human subjects, (5) provide statistical analysis for projects using appropriate statistical and computing methodologies and assist in the interpretation and presentation of results, (6) interact and collaborate with the Clinical Research Office in the development of protocols and the monitoring and reporting of clinical data, (7) maintain a computing facility with up-to-date software for statistical analysis to support program project investigators, and (8) conduct biostatistical and bioinformatics methodology research on practical problems arising in basic science populational and clinical studies.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Biostatistical-Sciences/

Genetics

Genomics Core
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The Genomics Core is focused on gathering Genome, Transcriptome, Epigenome and Metagenome information for investigators. Our mission is to make these complex technologies accessible and biologically interpretable for clinical and basic research scientists.

The Genomics Core enables investigators with little experience in sample preparation, quality control, or analysis to interrogate the genome. To facilitate this, we have developed general but complete wet-lab and bioinformatics analysis pipelines to accommodate standard needs and enable most genome-wide investigations. For more sophisticated or custom designs, we work actively in collaboration with other Cedars-Sinai cores and resources to facilitate investigations.

The Genomics Core now offers new applications, such as single-cell RNA sequencing, microbiome profiling and targeted transcriptome resequencing for FFPE samples, using a brand-new Illumina NextSeq, Illumina MiSeq and an Ion Proton™ Sequencer. The combination of instruments enables us to uniquely identify the best solutions for each project depending on sample size, sample quality, price and turnaround time.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Genomics-Core/

Humans

Biobank & Translational Research Core
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The Biobank & Translational Research Core is a state-of-the-art biorepository that provides biospecimens for research, a pipeline of assays, and digital image analysis tools to perform quantitative measurements in tissue. Pathology services include histopathology services and the development of protocols for new antibodies and in-situ hybridization probes. Image analysis services include: (1) imaging of human and animal cells and tissues on glass slides, (2) tissue sections or tissue microarrays, (3) analysis of digital images generated with single or multiple probes in visible light or fluorescent wavelength ranges, and (4) web-based interface for access to images.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Biobank-and-Translational-Research-Core/

Imaging Core
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The Imaging Core of the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute is an advanced imaging center that provides comprehensive imaging services for basic and clinical researchers. This facility is designed for: (1) human and small/large animal imaging, (2) advanced imaging and analysis techniques (MR, Nuclear, CT, Optical), (3) assisted use by highly experienced staff, including imaging technologists, animal care associates, registered nurse and radiochemist, (4) consultations on study design, imaging protocol, data analysis and post-processing, (5) radiolabeling and customized novel imaging probe development, (6) advanced MR spectroscopy and analysis techniques, (7) TCA cycle metabolic analysis with parahydrogen induced polarization, (8) umbrella protocols and bridge funding for pilot studies, and (9) research PACS and post-processing software.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Imaging/

Images

Confocal & Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core
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The Confocal core provides imaging services for live and fixed samples such as cells and tissue sections, utilizing a variety of imaging techniques including spectral imaging, FRET, and FRAP. The Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core educates, trains, and supports investigators in in vivo imaging of small animal models (e.g., tumor biology, immunology, stem cell tracking, vascular imaging, senescence imaging, etc.). Consultation is available free-of-charge for initial experimental design, training, and for image analysis.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Confocal-and-Two-Photon-Core/

Imaging Core
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The Imaging Core of the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute is an advanced imaging center that provides comprehensive imaging services for basic and clinical researchers. This facility is designed for: (1) human and small/large animal imaging, (2) advanced imaging and analysis techniques (MR, Nuclear, CT, Optical), (3) assisted use by highly experienced staff, including imaging technologists, animal care associates, registered nurse and radiochemist, (4) consultations on study design, imaging protocol, data analysis and post-processing, (5) radiolabeling and customized novel imaging probe development, (6) advanced MR spectroscopy and analysis techniques, (7) TCA cycle metabolic analysis with parahydrogen induced polarization, (8) umbrella protocols and bridge funding for pilot studies, and (9) research PACS and post-processing software.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Imaging/

Molecules

Mass Spectrometry and Biomarker Discovery Core
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The Mass Spectrometry and Biomarker Discovery Core strives to provide high-quality services to researchers interested in applying mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics technologies to address their biomedical research questions. The core provides fee-based services for protein identification and quantification, post-translational modification analysis and metabolite analysis. The core is also available to the research community for grant funded collaborative research inside and outside of Cedars-Sinai. Services include: (1) peptide in-solution, (2) gel bands/spots, (3) molecular weight determination by direct infusion, (4) post-translational modifications, and (5) metabolites.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Mass-Spectrometry-and-Biomarker-Discovery-Core/

Molecular Therapeutics Core
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The Molecular Therapeutics Core provides a cross-disciplinary resource for researchers engaged in structural biology, therapeutics development, and drug discovery research. Services include: (1) pilot recombinant protein production, (2) large-scale protein production, (3) biophysical characterization, (4) molecular modeling and drug design, and (5) x-ray crystallographic services. Initial consultations are available free-of-charge.

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https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Cores/Molecular-Therapeutics-Core/

Animals

Large Animal Core
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The LA BioMed Animal Care and Use Program is uniquely designed to accommodate large animal models, and is equipped with several large animal surgical suites containing anesthesia machines, monitoring equipment, fluoroscopes, and a CT Scanner. The major types of studies center around perinatal lung development, the effect of the fetal environment on development, antibody production, vascular implant surgery, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Services include: (1) protocol development, (2) animal procurement, (3) animal care procedures, (4) animal health programs, (5) special services, and (6) training programs.

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Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core
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The Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core provides four major resources to researchers: (1) the BD Calibur flow cytometer facility, which employs a dual-laser (argon and helium-neon), 4-color FACS Calibur flow cytometer and cell sorter to facilitate the molecular and physiological examination of individual cells and enable collection of living cells for further study; (2) the IVIS Lumina II system, a high-sensitivity, in vivo imaging technology platform that enables non-invasive visualization of both bioluminescent and fluorescent signals, tracking of cellular and therapeutic activities within a living organism in real time, and detection of signals from tissue, petri dishes, and microtiter plates; (3) a Luminex multiplex analyzer that utilizes xMAP microsphere technology and has the capability of performing up to 100 assays simultaneously in a single well of a microtiter plate; and (4) a Biotek Synergy 2 multi-mode microplate reader, a combination luminometer-fluorometer-absorbance detector capable of reading 96-well and larger plates that utilizes both filter-based and monochromatic-based light-detection technology.

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High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry Core
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The High-Resolution Tissue Respirometry (HRTR) Core supports investigators in mitochondrial physiology and pathophysiology studies. The core provides consultation, training, and services for assessment of oxidative phosphorylation in isolated mitochondria, permeabilized cells, or tissue preparations. The HRTR Core uses Oroboros Oxygraph-2k High Resolution Respirometry equipment. Applications of HRTR include: (1) diagnosis of acquired and genetic mitochondrial diseases, myopathies, and neuromuscular pathologies, (2) study of pathologies with reduced cellular respiration, (3) studies on cell function and cell death, (4) aging and senescence, (5) oxidative stress and antioxidant systems, (6) ischemia-reperfusion injury, (7) cancer research / pharmacological tests, (8) environmental stress, and (9) metabolic substrate balance.

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Humans

Bionutrition Core
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The CTRC Bionutrition Core at LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA provides services to outpatient, overnight / extended stay and community based studies. A metabolic kitchen is dedicated to the preparation of nutrient controlled and regular meals. The Bionutrition Core has a metabolic assessment room with DXA, indirect calorimetry, BIA and anthropometric tools that integrates body composition, bone mineral density, and energy expenditure testing. The Bionutrition Core also provides state-of-the-art nutrition computing facilities with programs for nutrient analysis, semi-quantitative food frequency analysis, and design and specification of research diets. The Bionutrition Core personnel are experienced with REDCAP and can facilitate the collection and tracking of nutrition data for research studies. Training in nutrition research methodology is available to research fellows and other students.

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Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Ambulatory Unit
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The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Ambulatory Unit is located near the main hospital in a 5,500square-foot area. It has 9 exam rooms, 5 of which have hospital beds for extended or overnight visits (less than 24 hours). Three of the beds have sleep monitoring equipment to allow overnight sleep studies. A multipurpose room also houses an additional hospital bed, an infusion chair, and a phlebotomy area. The unit also has 2 consultation / interview rooms and a processing laboratory with cold and ambient centrifuges, refrigerators, and a freezer for temporary sample storage. The Ambulatory Unit adjoins a small audio-video room and a 2,000-square-foot conference room for research education-related activities. The conference room can be converted into 3 smaller areas for groups, family, and individual interviews or behavioral testing. The unit is staffed with experienced registered nurses, registered dieticians, and medical assistants.

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Computed Tomographic Core
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The Computed Tomographic (CT) Reading Core specializes in cardiac, vascular, and body composition imaging using advanced CT workstations, advanced quality control methods, systems storage, and analytical methods for multiple investigations. It provides unique services in atherosclerosis imaging including plaque quantification, perfusion imaging, and diagnostic services. In addition, the CT Reading Core offers collaborations in the area of renal, hepatic, vascular, and pulmonary imaging, as well as body composition and endothelial function assessment.

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Endocrine and Metabolic Research Core
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The Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory supports clinical and translational investigators in many aspects of research through expertise in analytical testing and development of new methods. Over forty different procedures are offered through the Endocrine and Metabolic Research Laboratory utilizing a variety of techniques including radioimmunoassay, fluoroimmunoassay, fluorometry and LC-MS/MS. Additionally, semen analyses and special andrological testing are available in the Andrology Laboratory.

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Pulmonary Function and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Core Lab
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The pulmonary function testing (PFT) cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) core lab facility supports investigators in pulmonary function and cardiopulmonary exercise testing studies. PFT consists of an array of non-invasive tests of abnormality of lung mechanics and pulmonary gas exchange used to detect the presence of, and quantify the severity of, a range of lung diseases. CPET provides a whole-body assessment of the integrative exercise responses involving the pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, neuropsychological, and skeletal muscle systems, which are not adequately reflected through the measurement of individual organ system function. The CPET Core Lab will provide consultation, training, and services for clinical research using PFT and CPET. The Core Lab is also highly-experienced in multicenter clinical trials using PFT and CPET measurements.

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Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core
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The Bioimaging and Immunotherapeutics Research Core provides four major resources to researchers: (1) the BD Calibur flow cytometer facility, which employs a dual-laser (argon and helium-neon), 4-color FACS Calibur flow cytometer and cell sorter to facilitate the molecular and physiological examination of individual cells and enable collection of living cells for further study; (2) the IVIS Lumina II system, a high-sensitivity, in vivo imaging technology platform that enables non-invasive visualization of both bioluminescent and fluorescent signals, tracking of cellular and therapeutic activities within a living organism in real time, and detection of signals from tissue, petri dishes, and microtiter plates; (3) a Luminex multiplex analyzer that utilizes xMAP microsphere technology and has the capability of performing up to 100 assays simultaneously in a single well of a microtiter plate; and (4) a Biotek Synergy 2 multi-mode microplate reader, a combination luminometer-fluorometer-absorbance detector capable of reading 96-well and larger plates that utilizes both filter-based and monochromatic-based light-detection technology.

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Molecules

Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility (Stable Isotope Tracing)
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The Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility (BMSF) supports clinical research projects in clinical nutrition and metabolic research. The BMSF specializes in experimental design using stable isotopes and analytical methods (13C carbon tracing) for physiological or metabolic investigations. It provides unique services in isotopomer distribution analysis of metabolites (tracer-based metabolomics) using GC/MS (or LC-TOF). In addition, the BMSF offers collaborations in the area of metabolite profiling and modeling of metabolic systems with tracers. Services provided includes: (1) sample preparation, (2) quantitative and qualitative analysis by GC/MS, IRMS and LC/MS, (3) consultation, (4) collaboration in metabolite profiling and tracer-based metabolomics, and (5) training on approved projects.

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Guenther Molecular Biology Core
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The Guenther Molecular Biology Core supports investigators performing morphological, biochemical, cell and molecular biological studies both at cellular and subcellular levels. Consultation and training services are provided for localization of genes, RNA transcripts and proteins in complex tissues as well subcellular distribution in tissues. The laboratory houses five types of state-of the art equipment: an Agilent Bioanalyzer, two Applied Biosystem StepOne Plus Sequence Detection Systems, one Applied Biosystems 7900HT 384 well real-time quantitative PCR system, one Leica Confocal SP8 platform, and a Palm Microbeam. The Guenther Core also has a facility for immunohistochemistry studies.

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Animals

Behavioral Testing Core
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Expertise and equipment for the design, implementation, and analysis of behavioral experiments. We work on a broad range of projects in both rats and mice, from behavioral phenotyping of novel transgenic mouse lines to developing rodent models of human clinical disorders.

Website:

http://btc.psych.ucla.edu/

Center for Aids Research Humanized Mouse Core
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The overall goal of the Center for Aids Research (CFAR) Humanized Mouse Core is to provide the infrastructure, materials, animals, technical expertise, and support that will facilitate the use of humanized immunodeficient mice in studies examining the pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-induced disease and cancer. Services include: (1) procuring immunodeficient mice at a reduced cost, (2) providing specialized animal laboratories for the construction, housing, and maintenance of immunodeficient mice, (3) constructing humanized mice, (4) developing and optimizing new humanized mouse models, (5) providing technical expertise and consultation on humanized mouse models. The core also provides consultation in flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, PCR, and other assays.

Website:

http://aidsinstitute.ucla.edu/cfar/humanized-mouse-core

Mouse Physiology Laboratory
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The Mouse Physiology Core Laboratory facility is dedicated to the phenotypic assessment of mouse and rat models of disease using a wide variety of integrative approaches. Our aim is to provide a cost effective means for investigators to reveal important functional aspects of their mouse and rat models without having to individually invest in hiring skilled personnel and in the purchase of expensive instrumentation. We specialize in ultrasound (echo) & telemetric assessments, survival and non-survival surgeries, acute and chronic evaluations of cardiac and neuro-regulatory function as well as basic metabolic and exercise assessments. The lab is also capable of certification testing of new drugs or substances intended for human use by performing FDA approved (GLP certified 21 CFR part 58 including part 11 compliance) studies on rodent models.

Website:

http://www.physiology.ucla.edu/Labs/Mouselab.htm

Zebrafish Core
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The Zebrafish Core facilitates the use and quick access of common mutation, genetically-engineered transgenic zebrafish, and routine techniques of zebrafish manipulation by investigators. Services include: (1) providing space to house zebrafish and perform large-scale genetic screens, (2) providing embryos for experiments, (3) generation of transgenic zebrafish, and (4) cryostorage of zebrafish sperm and re-derivation of live fish. Training is available for select techniques and zebrafish husbandry.

Website:

https://www.mcdb.ucla.edu/Research/Zebrafish/

Cells

Cellular Bioenergetics Core
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The Cellular Bioenergetics Core provides access to the XF24-3, a unique instrument that quantifies the activity of two major cellular energetic pathways, mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis, in cultured cells. The XF Technology: (1) measures O2 consumption rate, extracellular acidification rate, and CO2 production rate of living cells simultaneously in real time, (2) does not require the addition of dyes, labels, or reporters, (3) is capable of assaying cell lines, primary cells, isolated mitochondria, and small tissue pieces, (4) typically requires only 30,000 to 80,000 cells/well in 24-well plates, (5) measures adherent cells without requiring trypsinization, (6) does not affect cells and plates, which can then be used for an additional assay, (7) allows measurements to be repeated multiple times to measure kinetic responses, and (8) accommodates the addition of up to four test compounds (drugs or substrates) to each well, with measurements performed before and after the addition of each compound.

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Center for Aids Research Virology Core Laboratory
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The Center for Aids Research (CFAR) Virology Core Laboratory provides a wide array of services for both HIV/AIDS and other researchers. It offers testing services (p24 ELISA, real time and digital droplet PCR for the detection of HIV cDNA, HIV viral load), blood and blood cell products. In addition, the core maintains a fully equipped and stocked BSL2+ facility for scientists that do not have wet lab space, new investigators joining UCLA or investigators that do not have such lab space. The UCLA/CFAR Virology Core Laboratory also maintains real time PCR instrumentation and a QX200 Bio Rad Digital Droplet PCR System. Finally,the core is able to assist individual researchers with special projects related to, but not limited, HIV detection.

Website:

http://www.virology.med.ucla.edu/

Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory
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The core laboratory provides instrumentation and technical and professional assistance for performing laser-based flow cytometric analysis and cell sorting. The facility also offers training in basic flow cytometry principles and in the operation of analytic cytometers. A second course teaches nucleic acid analysis and measurement of proliferation by flow cytometry as well as hands-on instrument set-up and use of the specialized DNA analysis software.

Website:

http://cyto.mednet.ucla.edu

Immune Assessment Core
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The Immune Assessment Core (IAC) is a CLIA certified laboratory that provides comprehensive immunological testing services for basic, clinical, and translational studies. The IAC provides both standardized and customized multi-parameter flow cytometry, multiplexed immunoassays and cellular immune function assays to evaluate the innate and adaptive immune status of study subjects. Validated tests include comprehensive immunophenotyping panels, multiplexed cytokine/chemokine detection in body fluids or culture supernatants, several ELISA assays, allo- and virus-specific T cell activation, T and B cell proliferation to antigens and mitogens, NK cell cytotoxicity, and granulocyte/monocyte oxidative burst. The core also performs customized assay development to meet the investigators’ needs.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/iac

Immuno/BioSpot Core
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The Immuno/BioSpot Core specializes in assays related to the detection, quantification, and qualification of biological spot assays and single-cell related analyses, including ELISPOT, colony counting, plaque assays, FluoroSpot, cell viability tests, apoptosis tests, in vivo/in vitro cytotoxicity measurements using cells labeled with fluorescent dyes, histochemistry stains, genotoxicity assays, multi-color intracellular/surface quantification, etc.

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Immuno/BioSpot Core

Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC)
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The IMTC services include (but are not limited to): (1) consultation and troubleshooting in techniques for efficient gene delivery, as well as cloning and functional protein expression in mammalian cells in vitro and in vivo, (2) consultation and to perform customized gene expression profiling, cytological phenotype profiling, and high-throughput molecular screening studies by utilizing high-throughput and highly automated robotic systems. The Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC) is therefore intended to serve as a comprehensive resource that will provide access to state-of-the-art molecular tools and thereby aims to facilitate the research activities of CURE: DDRCC investigators.

Website:

http://www.cure.med.ucla.edu/cores/integrated-molecular-technologies-core-imtc

Mitochondria and Metabolism Core
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The UCLA Mitochondrial and Metabolism Core provides the necessary technical and conceptual resources for studying mitochondrial function. Services include respirometry assays in intact cells, permeabilized cells, and isolated mitochondria using the Seahorse XF96 Extracellular Flux Analyzer. An Operetta High Content Imaging System is also available for measurements of mitochondrial mass, membrane potential and reactive oxygen species, among other applications. The Mitochondria and Metabolism Core provides in-depth training and scheduled use of instruments or full service options for assay design, performance, and data analysis.

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Computations

Computing Technologies Research Laboratory
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The Computing Technologies Research Laboratory (CTRL) specializes in research and clinical data collection, management, and reporting solutions. They develop Internet-accessible, web-based database applications that enable and enhance clinical & basic research and education, in the biomedical community. Services include: (1) web application development, (2) mobile app programming, (3) database design and hosting, and (4) digital video production / telemedicine for conferencing and the classroom.

Website:

http://www.ctrl.ucla.edu

Department of Medicine Statistics Core
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The primary objective of DOMStat is to provide study design and statistical analysis collaboration to investigators in the Department of Medicine. DOMStat offers faculty and staff level statistical collaboration for grant proposals, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and other research activities requiring statistical input.

Website:

http://domstat.med.ucla.edu

Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics
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The Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics (ICNN) provides CNN faculty experts in statistical genetics, gene expression analysis, and bioinformatics will oversee the activities of highly-trained staff members who will accomplish three goals: 1) provide expert consultation and analyses for neurogenetics and neurogenomics projects; 2) develop and maintain a shared computing resource that will include a computational cluster for computation-intensive analyses, web-servers and state-of-the-art software tools for a wide range of applications (including user-friendly versions of public databases, as well as workstations on which ICNN users will be trained to employ these tools; and 3) provide hands-on training in analysis and informatics to the users. ICNN is developing a whole-genome data analysis pipeline, aimed at filtering and prioritizing genetic variation identified in whole-genome sequencing studies for further study.

Website:

https://www.semel.ucla.edu/research/core/informatics-center-neurogenetics-and-neurogenomics-icnn

Semel Institute Biostatistics Core
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The Semel Institute Biostatistics Core (SIStat) is a team of expert biostatisticians, methodologists, and research support staff. The mission of the core is to foster research productivity and quality by helping faculty design sound research projects, obtain independent funding, and correctly analyze data. Services include: (1) development of electronic data entry systems, (2) biostatistics services, (3) development of patient assessment software, and (4) development of administrative systems software. Support is offered for projects ranging from small pilot studies to large, long-running, multi-site center studies.

Website:

http://www.sistat.ucla.edu/

Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic
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The Statistical / Biomathematical Consulting Clinic (SBCC) provides assistance to health care researchers at every step of their task, from grant proposals through publication. Consulting services are available to biotech companies, physicians conducting clinical trials, clinicians conducting operations research, and students working on theses or post-doctoral research. Services include: (1) statistical analysis, (2) clinical trials preparation, (3) data preparation and editing, (4) assistance with grant methodology sections, (5) planning for data acquisition, (6) form design, (7) modeling, (8) programming, (9) study design/protocol development, (10) file maintenance, (11) programs for the PC, (12) workshops in statistics/methods, (13) design and/or implementation of databases, and (14) report preparation for proposals and/or publication.

Website:

http://biomath.ucla.edu/about/consulting

Genetics

Microbiome Core
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The UCLA Microbiome Core performs services related to microbiome studies including human sample collection, fecal processing, 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing (including feces, tissues, intestinal lavage, rectal sponges, vaginal swabs), bioinformatics analysis of 16S rRNA data in relation to phenotypes/interventions, quantitative PCR of total bacterial load, fecal calprotectin measurement, and long-term storage of fecal aliquots as well as extracted microbial DNA. The Microbiome Core also performs shotgun metagenomics and metatranscriptomics on a custom basis.

Website:

https://www.uclahealth.org/gastro/jacobs-lab/core-services

Neuroscience Genomics Core
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The UCLA Neurosciences Genomics Core (UNGC) is currently operating an Illumina BeadLab 1000 high throughput SNP genotyping system (iScan), a Sequenom MassArray Compact mass spec and and two Illumina HiSeq 2500 next generation sequencing instruments in the Gonda research facility on the UCLA campus. Services include: RNA/DNA sequencing (Non UCLA neuro labs please inquire about service availability). Custom snp genotyping using the high throughput Illumina iSelect assays and with the Sequenom iPlex assay. Genotyping using all currently available Illumina Infinium whole genome chips. Gene expression using Illumina human expression chips. Whole genome methylation using Illumina Meth-450 chips. Project costs can be highly dependent on scale, with significant discounts potentially applying to larger projects.? For project specific pricing please contact? Joe DeYoung, Facility Manager.

Website:

https://www.semel.ucla.edu/ungc

Technology Center for Genomics & Bioinformatics (TCGB)
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Technology Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (TCGB) is a CAP-accredited, fully automated, high-throughput genomic facility equipped with all major next generation sequencing and microarray platforms. The Core provides pre-experiment consultation and post-experiment support, including preparation of grant applications and publications, and strategic planning for additional research steps. The TCGB also provides educational training to faculty, staff, and students to raise awareness on new directions and major discoveries in the areas of genomics and bioinformatics. Services include: (1) next generation sequencing, (2) microarray analysis, and (3) quality control services for RNA, miRNA, and DNA samples including RNA/DNA extraction, cDNA synthesis for quantitative-PCR, and qRT- PCR.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/tcgb

Humans

Biological Samples Processing Core
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The facility offers DNA extractions from whole blood and other tissue types, and storage of extracted DNA. BSPC uses the Autopure LS™ nucleic acid purification instrument from Gentra Systems for extracting DNA. This instrument provides a highly automated process with very high quality DNA, samples are quantitated using OD 260/280. Once DNA has been obtained from the provided sample, it can be returned immediately or stored in -20°C freezer for future use. We'll also aliquot DNA at the desired concentrations. DNA can be stored indefinitely within BSPC. All samples are logged in our database and are bar-coded with our sample number and customer's identification code. BSPC will soon initiate RNA extraction.

Website:

https://www.semel.ucla.edu/research/core/biological-samples-processing-core---bspc

Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers Laboratory
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The UCLA Center for Computer Vision and Imaging Biomarkers (CVIB) Laboratory provides global clinical and research services, including: (1) standardized multi-center imaging protocol development and quality control, (2) image de-identification, transfer, banking, and distribution, (3) cutting-edge quantitative image feature extraction, analysis, and data management, and (4) full service clinical trial management with regulatory compliance. CVIB has an exclusive contract with MedQIA Imaging CRO (www.medqia.com) to provide FDA-compliant services for industry-funded clinical trials worldwide. CVIB also provides clinical quantitative imaging services within UCLA Healthcare and to overseas hospital departments.

Key attributes of the CVIB Core Laboratory are: (1) image quality, (2) accurate and reproducible quantitation, (3) rigorous science, (4) high throughput, (5) well-managed and on-time service, and (6) user friendly.

Website:

http://cvib.ucla.edu/

Center for Human Nutrition
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The Center for Human Nutrition provides Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) Body Composition Analysis. DXA body composition analysis is considered the "gold standard" for measurement of body fat including visceral fat estimation, and gives an accurate measure for assessing health. Specialized scans to assess Bone Mineral Density analysis are available, which can be utilized for assessing bone health and risk estimation of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

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Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory
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The Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory (EPRL) promotes the discipline of exercise physiology in research and teaching at the UCLA campus, and is unique in its focus on applied exercise physiology conducting human research. It promotes a prevention model of wellness, focused on forestalling disease development through the enhancement of health and fitness practices in individuals. Additionally, the research conducted in the EPRL analyzes cutting edge technology with an aim of improving performance in fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike. Health-fitness assessments include: (1) aerobic performance; (2) pulmonary function; (3) body composition; (4) muscle performance; (5) functional movement screen; (6) total energy expenditure; (7) sleep quality; (8) cardiovascular health risk & HRV; (9) posture; and (10) performance tracking.

Website:

https://exerciselab.med.ucla.edu/

Immune Assessment Core
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The Immune Assessment Core (IAC) is a CLIA certified laboratory that provides comprehensive immunological testing services for basic, clinical, and translational studies. The IAC provides both standardized and customized multi-parameter flow cytometry, multiplexed immunoassays and cellular immune function assays to evaluate the innate and adaptive immune status of study subjects. Validated tests include comprehensive immunophenotyping panels, multiplexed cytokine/chemokine detection in body fluids or culture supernatants, several ELISA assays, allo- and virus-specific T cell activation, T and B cell proliferation to antigens and mitogens, NK cell cytotoxicity, and granulocyte/monocyte oxidative burst. The core also performs customized assay development to meet the investigators’ needs.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/iac

Immunogenetics Center
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The Immunogenetics Center provides comprehensive testing for organ and tissue transplantation to physicians, patients, pharmaceutical companies, and other medical facilities. It is one of the leading laboratories in the world, providing state-of-the-art technology and methodology with a comprehensive quality assurance program to ensure accuracy in testing. Services include: (1) HLA-class I (A,B,C) and class II (DR, DQ, DP) gene polymorphism typing, (2) histocompatibility testing (HLA antibody testing, MICA and endothelial cell antibody testing and crossmatch testing), (3) KIR and MICA gene typing and (4) immune assessment.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/uic-hla

Pathology Research Portal
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Last modified 08-01-2017

Two previous research laboratories, the Clinical and Translational Research Laboratory (CTRL) and the Clinical Immunology Research Laboratory (CIRL) have been restructured into the Pathology Research Portal (PRP). This new addition to the Center for Pathology Research Services functions as the biospecimen liaison between researchers and clinical testing, and provides coordination for sample receiving, accessioning, processing, short term and long term storage, dispatching to multiple core facilities for testing, and result retrieving. PRP also provides shipping and temporary storage services, and can also provide customized services to meet various research needs.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/ctrl

Translational Pathology Core Laboratory
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The Translational Pathology Core Laboratory (TPCL) provides an array of pathology-related services in support of basic, translational, and clinical research. Expert consultative services are offered to investigators in pathology-related study design, tissue selection, microscopic interpretation, immunohistochemistry/in situ hybridization, laser capture microdissection, digital image analysis, and IRB-related tissue questions. Services include: (1) tissue procurement, storage, and provision, (2) histology-related services, (3) immunohistochemistry, (4) in situ hybridization, (5) digital imaging and image analysis, (6) laser capture microdissection, (7) pathology consultative services, and (8) advice on research protocols, safety issues, and IRB applications.

Website:

http://pathology.ucla.edu/tpcl

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Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy and Macroscale Imaging Facilities
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The mission of the Advanced Light Microscopy / Spectroscopy (ALMS) and Macroscale Imaging Facilities is to provide consultation, services, and support for the application of novel microscopic and spectroscopic methods and advanced image analysis techniques for the study of macromolecules, cellular dynamics, and nano-scale characterization of bio-materials. The facilities provide a collection of high-level, customized biological fluorescence microscopes and small-animal imaging devices that provide the ability to study biological processes with high spatial and temporal resolution in whole organisms and in living cells down to the single molecule detection level with nanometer accuracy. Services include: (1) wide-field fluorescence imaging microscopy (on a limited basis), (2) confocal one-photon and two-photon laser scanning microscopy (point scanning and spinning disk), (3) fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, (4) fluorescence resonance energy transfer, (5) microscopic and macroscopic fluorescence lifetime imaging with time-correlated-single-photon-counting and near-infrared detection, (6) stimulated emission depletion laser-scanning microscopy, (7) microscopic and macroscopic (small animal) spectral unmixing, and (8) laser capture microdissection.

Website:

http://alms.cnsi.ucla.edu/pages/homepage

Ahmanson Lovelace Brain Mapping Center
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The Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center is committed to facilitating the development and growth of the field of Brain Mapping, a sub-discipline of neuroscience which uses brain imaging to better understand the structure and function of the human brain in health and alterations associated with disease. It is comprised of resources located in the core facility, the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, as well as additional resources housed in the Reed Neurological Research Center and the Neuroscience Research Building. Services include: (1) imaging (MRI and PET), (2) NeuroModulation, (3) data analysis, (4) data center, and (5) the DIVE (Data Immersive Visualization Environment).

Website:

http://www.bmap.ucla.edu/services/

Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility
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The Biological Chemistry Imaging Facility (BCIF) provides resources for data acquisition and analysis for radioactive, fluorescent, and photographic samples as well as digital imaging and document production. BCIF provides round-the-clock access to a cluster of modern equipment such as Typhoons 9410 and 9400 Variable Mode Imagers, Storm 820 and 840 imagers, Laser Densitometer, Gel Documentation System, color printers, and high-resolution scanners. In addition, BCIF provides unlimited scientific data storage space on its secure storage arrays to all participating labs and access to a number of software packages for data analysis and digital data processing.

Website:

http://www.biolchem.ucla.edu/biological-chemistry-imaging-facility

Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines
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The Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines (EICN) provides state-of-the-art electron microscopy instruments and assisted usage services. Highly experienced staff provides necessary training and can help users address complex electron imaging needs. EICN offers advanced electron imaging techniques for visualizing materials, nanomachines, and cellular structures at atomic or nanometer scales in 2D and 3D. In addition, our latest integrated iCorr technology enables a streamlined approach to correlative microscopy to perform both fluorescence light and electron microscopy for biological research. Services available: (1) instrument training, (2) self usage, (3) assisted usage, and (4) data processing.

Website:

http://www.eicn.ucla.edu/

Electron Microscopy Core Facility
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The Electron Microscopy Services Center houses a JEOL 100CX transmission electron microscope. A Reichert Ultracut ultramicrotome is also available for use by trained personnel. Services include: (1) fixation and embedding of specimens, thin sectioning, (2) use of the electron microscopes (with or without assistance), (3) gold labeling, (4) negative stain, and (5) light microscopy of plastic embedded materials. The facility offers advice on appropriate preparatory procedures and other technical matters. Training and assistance in the use of the electron microscope is also offered.

Website:

http://www.bri.ucla.edu/research/core-facilities

Microscopic Techniques Laboratory
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The Microscopic Techniques Laboratory offers instructions in microscopic techniques and assistance in tissue specimen preparation for light microscopic observation. Histological procedures available include: (1) some immunocytochemistry staining, (2) special stains, (3) paraffin sectioning, (4) slide preparation for in situ hybridization, (5) cryostat sectioning, (6) plastic embedding and (6) sectioning. The laboratory also provides staining setups, a cryostat, microtomes, and a Nikon photomicroscope for use by trained personnel.

Website:

http://www.bri.ucla.edu/research/core-facilities

Molecular Screening Shared Resource
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The MSSR is a core facility open to all research labs on campus. The services provided include the use of high throughput screening (HTS) technology, a total of roughly 200,000 compounds in various libraries, siRNA sets of the druggable genome for mouse and human and a database of results from screens. Please use the links above to find out more about the MSSR. The MSSR is currently funded by the JCCC, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean’s office, David Geffen School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute.

Website:

http://www.mssr.ucla.edu/

Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory
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The Nano and Pico Characterization (NPC) Laboratory provides Provides both state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to visualize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures and devices at the atomic and molecular scale as well as a unique opportunity for researchers to gain insight into local properties under a wide range of experimental conditions.

Website:

http://nanopicolab.cnsi.ucla.edu/

Preclinical Imaging Technology Center
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Provides state-of-the-art small animal imaging. It functions both as a shared preclinical imaging resource for UCLA researchers and as a hub for emerging imaging research and technology development. The same technologies and services are also available to the larger research community including other academic institutes and industry groups through contract work. The Imaging Center, operating through its sales-and-service, offers microPET, microCT, bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging modalities and complementary in vitro/ex vivo services including cell-based assays, biodistribution, digital autoradiography and dosimetry. Companion PET tracer radiochemistry and radiolabeling services are available in-house and is supported by on-campus cyclotron facilities. Technical and analytical support are available throughout the study process: initial consultation, experimental design and optimization, imaging protocols and techniques, post-acquisition data analysis and interpretation. Training and staff assistance The Imaging Center is part of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging and is supported by the expertise of its faculty members, world leaders in various imaging sciences.

Website:

https://imaging.crump.ucla.edu/

Translational Research Imaging Center
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The Translational Research Imaging Center (TRIC) at UCLA is a state-of-the- art, pre-clinical and human cadaver, diagnostic and interventional imaging center. With over 25 years of expertise, our team of physicians, scientists, fellows, technologists, and veterinary staff support pre-clinical studies and imaging procedures across the field of medicine. TRIC is dedicated to the development and testing of new medical devices, imaging technologies, drug therapies as well as novel treatments. Our dedicated staff include: Board-certified Interventional Radiologists, Board-certified Radiologists, MR Physicists, Veterinarians, Statisticians, and Experienced Research Assistants. The TRIC Lab imaging equipment and support systems include: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Siemens Magnetom 3T Prisma MRI whole-body system, X-Ray Angiography – Siemens Artis Zeego Angiogram Suite with robotic C arm with 3D rotational angiography and DynaCT capabilities, Computed Tomography (CT) – Siemens Somatom Definition 64 Dual Source scanner, X-Ray Angiography – Philips Allura Xper FD-10 Angiogram Suite with floor mounted C arm with 3D rotational angiography capabilities, iU22 Philips Ultrasound system for general imaging, PACS data management system, observation and recovery suites, multi-modality 3D-image post-processing, High-Definition video integration for Telepresence video conferencing.

Website:

http://radiology.ucla.edu/pre-clinical-services

Molecules

Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC)
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The IMTC services include (but are not limited to): (1) consultation and troubleshooting in techniques for efficient gene delivery, as well as cloning and functional protein expression in mammalian cells in vitro and in vivo, (2) consultation and to perform customized gene expression profiling, cytological phenotype profiling, and high-throughput molecular screening studies by utilizing high-throughput and highly automated robotic systems. The Integrated Molecular Technologies Core (IMTC) is therefore intended to serve as a comprehensive resource that will provide access to state-of-the-art molecular tools and thereby aims to facilitate the research activities of CURE: DDRCC investigators.

Website:

http://www.cure.med.ucla.edu/cores/integrated-molecular-technologies-core-imtc

J.D. McCullough Crystallography Laboratory
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Provides 3-dimensional structure of small molecules in solid crystals via X-ray crystallography. Equipped for characterization of polycrystalline solid materials using powder and thin film diffraction techniques. The laboratory is a full service facility where staff deals with all aspects of service from crystal selection to publication of results. In-house training is a requirement if you wish to use the equipment yourself. Part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center, which is a campus wide facility open to the UCLA community. The facility also collaborates with personnel from other universities and industry both locally and internationally.

Website:

http://uccore-ucla.org/node/41

Lipidomics Laboratory
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Last modified 04-13-2018

The UCLA Lipidomics Laboratory provides the highest quality of quantitative lipid measurements from biological samples including cells, tissue, serum, and media. The lab offers automated sample preparation and two distinct mass spectrometry platforms: 1) shotgun lipidomics providing measurement of 1100 complex lipid species and 2) a fatty acid and sterols analysis compatible with isotopic labeling. Our full-service lab provides data analysis (including computational modeling of lipid flux parameters) and consultation services.

Website:

http://www.uclalipidomics.net/

Macromolecular Crystallization Facility
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Last modified 02-21-2018

Consultation and technical assistance available to researchers prior to, and following, experiments. Evaluation of sample via Dynamic Light Scattering. Automatic setup of 4000 crystallization conditions per hour using 500uL of sample. (Hanging or Sitting Drops) Capable of distinguishing between organic and inorganic crystals using a sophisticated UV/vis microscope. Optimization of crystallization conditions. Storage of plates in temperature controlled incubators at 4°, 15°, and 20° C. Optimization of crystallization conditions using a library of 1,500 commercial compounds. Production of stereolithography files from Pymol, 3D design of labware, 3D printing.

Website:

http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/crystallization/

Magnetic Resonance Facility
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The Magnetic Resonance Facility houses six nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers and one electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer.

Website:

http://www.mic.ucla.edu/magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy

Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Laboratory provides a wide range of sample characterization techniques for researchers. Mass spectrometry services include: (1) a variety of ionization methods including electron, chemical, matrix assisted laser desorption, direct analysis in real time, electrospray, and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, (2) a variety of analyzers including time of flight, quadrupole, ion trap, Orbitrap, ion cyclotron resonance, and several tandem combinations of mass analyzers, and (3) microflow and nanoflow liquid chromatography. For proteomics studies, equipment is available for running and analyzing 1-D and 2-D gels, transferring mini- and mid-size gels, gel imaging, spot cutting, in-gel digestion, and protein/peptide identification. In addition, the facility provides consultation for sample preparation, experimental design, gel staining, analysis of protein expression patterns, western and lectin blots, in-gel trypic digestion, data mining, and operation of the various instruments. This laboratory is a part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center.

Website:

http://www.mic.ucla.edu/mass-spectrometry

Materials Characterization Laboratory
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The Materials Characterization Laboratory offers thermal, optical, microscopic, electrical, and magnetic characterization of materials and elemental analysis of surfaces via a wide range of instruments including: (1) light scattering spectrometers, (2) several spectrophotometers, (3) scanning probe microscopes (AFM/STM), (4) a SQUID magnetometer, (5) a scanning electron microscope, and (6) an X-Ray photoelectron spectrometer. This laboratory is a part of the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center.

Website:

http://www.mic.ucla.edu/materials-characterization

Metabolomics and Proteomics Center
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The UCLA Metabolomics and Proteomics Center enables investigators to study metabolism with a particular focus on central carbon metabolism (glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathway, TCA cycle, nucleos(t)ide synthesis, etc.). Metabolite analysis can be performed on a variety of specimens (e.g. cultured cells, culture medium, blood, urine, tissue). Generally, relative amounts of metabolites are measured, but absolute amounts can be determined as well. Tracing experiments using stable isotope-labeled metabolites (D, C-13, N-15) are routinely performed. For data analysis, relative amounts of metabolites as well as mass isotopologue distributions (if isotope tracing was performed) are calculated. Results are illustrated using bar graphs, heatmaps, principal component analysis, and mapping to Cytoscape maps.

Website:

http://systems.crump.ucla.edu/metabolomics_center/

Molecular Screening Shared Resource
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The MSSR is a core facility open to all research labs on campus. The services provided include the use of high throughput screening (HTS) technology, a total of roughly 200,000 compounds in various libraries, siRNA sets of the druggable genome for mouse and human and a database of results from screens. Please use the links above to find out more about the MSSR. The MSSR is currently funded by the JCCC, the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and the Dean’s office, David Geffen School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute.

Website:

http://www.mssr.ucla.edu/

Pasarow Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
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Last modified 08-01-2017

Provides consultation, training, and access to and technical assistance for metabolomics, proteomics (top-down and bottom-up) and targeted small molecule quantitation using mass spectrometery and contemporary chromatography.

Website:

https://massspec.chem.ucla.edu/

Protein Expression Technology Center
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The Protein Expression Technology Center (PETC) was founded in 1994 to facilitate the expression and purification of proteins for structure/function studies. The PETC provides support in all aspects of protein expression from cloning through expression optimization and protein purification. The PETC is a UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics facility but is open to all researchers.

Website:

http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/expression/

Proteome Research Center
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Last modified 08-01-2017

The UCLA Proteome Research Center is a full-service technology center that offers a comprehensive suite of proteomic services to the UCLA community and other partnering institutions. By bringing together state-of-the-art instrumentation and high- level technical staff, the goal of the facility is to transform traditional experimental paradigms by providing investigators access to powerful analytical workflows for systems-level characterization of complex biological systems, biomarker discovery and validation, and protein complex characterization. Available services include: (1) complex protein mixture analysis using single and multidimensional fractionation strategies, (2) peptide quantitation using SILAC, iTRAQ / TMT, and label-free methodologies, (3) targeted and global PTM enrichment and characterization approaches, (4) identification of protein interaction networks using affinity-based isolation and proximity tagging techniques, and (5) targeted proteomic assay development using parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) for relative and absolute quantitation.

Website:

http://www.uclaproteomics.net/

UCLA-DOE & Biochemistry Shared Instrumentation Core Facility
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The UCLA-DOE and Biochemistry Shared Instrumentation core facility provides the UCLA research community open access to sophisticated equipment for biochemical studies. These facilities house a wide array of detection systems useful for analysis, quantification, and identification of all types of macromolecules and their molecular interactions. It also carries equipment for cell culturing, harvesting, lysis, and high-speed centrifugation useful for biomolecule preparation.

Website:

http://biochem.cores.ucla.edu/general_info/

X-ray Crystallography Core Facility
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Last modified 02-21-2018

The X-ray Crystallography Core Facility in the Department of Engineering provides state-of-the-art resources to researchers, enabling the detailed 3-D analysis of biological macromolecules that play essential roles in human health. The facility operates as a full service core that offers access to sophisticated equipment and technologies as well as advice and technical assistance in sample preparation, data collection, processing, atomic refinement, and modeling. Services include: (1) aid in crystallization, (2) X-ray characterization of crystals, (3) X-ray data collection in-house and at the synchrotron, (4) processing and quality analysis of data, and (5) structure determination and display.

Website:

http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/x-ray-crystallography-core-technology-center/

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Microelectronics Shop
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Last modified 02-16-2018

The Microelectronics Shop provides technical support for research, teaching, and administrative functions. Two IT Programmer/Analysts and one Electronics Engineer are on staff to provide electronic design and fabrication for custom electronics solutions to unique situations encountered in research projects. The staff has expertise in Macintosh, IBM clone computers, peripherals, printers, and network interfacing, including installation, setup, upgrades, demonstration, troubleshooting, repair, and modification services. The Microelectronics Shop also provides design, development, and installation of local area networks, specifying hubs, network cards, cable types, and software. Consultation is provided to determine appropriate hardware/software solutions.

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The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides the infrastructure to translate scientific discoveries into innovations that improve health in Los Angeles and the nation. To achieve its mission and advance translational research, the CTSI periodically awards vouchers to defray the cost of core services. Under this RFA, the CTSI will award vouchers worth up to $10,000 in core services to investigators at all CTSI partner institutions (UCLA Westwood, Cedars-Sinai, LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science).

See the voucher award on our Funding Opportunity page. For questions, please contact Elvira Liclican at ELiclican@mednet.ucla.edu.