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Shared Facilities

Members of the CPRC come from a number of different Schools and Departments.  As a result, the shared resources of the CPRC is much greater than each individual lab.  Below are examples of the resources available for CPRC member labs. 

Molecular Biology
  • Molecular imaging facilities (Mellon Hall/Bayer School of Natural and Enviromental Sciences and School of Pharmacy)
    • Licor Pearl system (Bayer Learning Center/Div of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dept of Biological Sciences)
    • Licor Odyssey system (Div of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dept of Biological Sciences)
  • Quantitative PCR:
    • Corbett Research Rotor-Gene 2000 Real-Time Quantitative PCR (Mellon Hall 222/Dept of Biological Sciences)
    • Qiagen Rotor-Gene Q Real-Time Quantitative PCR (Mellon Hall 222/Dept of Biological Sciences)
    • Life Technologies Step-One Real-Time Quantitative PCR (Mellon Hall 262/Dept of Biological Sciences)
  • Pharmaceutical development laboratory (Mellon Hall/School of Pharmacy)
  • Sony microscopy facility (Mellon Hall / Biological Sciences)
    • Confocal microscopy: 
      • Leica TCS SP2 Spectral Confocal Microscope System
      • Nikon Eclipse E600 epifluorescence microscope with infinity objectives and Nomarski, brightfield, darkfield, and phase contrast capabilities.
      • Nikon Microphot SA epifluorescence microscope with differential interference contrast, brightfield, darkfield, and phase contrast capabilities.
    • Histology: 
      • ICE OM2488 microtome cryostat for frozen sections.
  • Electron microscopy facility (Mellon Hall)
    • JEOL 100CX transmission electron microscope (TEM), a Pasco CamScan4 scanning electron microscope (SEM) with Microspec wavelength dispersive X- ray analysis and Princeton Gamma Tech digital interface, critical point dryer, gold particle sputter coater, Reichart ultramicrotome, Baltzer Freeze Fracture apparatus, two standard microtomes.
  • Small animal testing facilities
    • Behavioral testing for nociception (von Frey, thermal plantar, cold plantar, conditioned place preference, hot plate, OPTA tolerance testing, sensory motor battery)
    • Behavioral testing for anxiety and depression (FST, TST, elevated plus maze, open field maze, elevated zero maze, light-dark preference, novelty induced hypophagia, sucrose preference)
    • Behavioral testing for cognition (novel object recognition, fear conditioning)
  • Human psychometric testing (mechanical, pressure, thermal)
  • Rangos Exercise Testing Facility
  • Interfaith meditation room
  • Optogenetic tools (Mellon Hall/Dept of Biological Sciences)
    • 473nm blue light and 522nm green light lasers and LEDs
    • Fiber optic tools for chronic in vivo implants
    • NeuroLux wireless optogenetics tools
    • Optogenetic viral vectors for general and cell-type specific optogenetic activation