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Animal Behavior Core - Psychiatry

  • Barnes maze for rats 
  • Custom-made Zero Maze, Plus Maze, eight-arm radial maze, water maze (rat and mouse) 
  • Focused beam nociception apparatus
  • IR beam-activated activity chambers (12)
  • MiniMitter home cage activity (seven)
  • Mouse operant chambers (six)
  • Noldus Observer (complex analysis of individual and social behaviors from video)
  • Overhead video camera + slave computer + Noldus Ethovision movement tracking (two)
  • Persolt Forced Swim cylinders
  • Plethysmographs (four chambers)
  • Rat operant chambers (12)
  • Rotorod 
  • Tail suspension set-up 
  • UltraSonic vocalization recording chambers CPN


  • -80 degree Celsius freezers
  • Centrifuges
  • Biological safety cabinet
  • Liquid nitrogen freezer

Biomedical Materials Science Labs

  • Atomic force microscope (AFM)
  • Bi-axial mechanical testing system (ADMET eXpert 8602)
  • Ceramic CAD/CAM system
  • CNC toolroom lathe (Haas TL 1)
  • CNC vertical milling machine (Haas Mini Mill)
  • Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and differential thermal analysis (DTA)
  • Fourier Transform infrared spectrophotometer
  • Gamry series corrosion testing equipment
  • High elongation screw machine (MTS Sintech)
  • High resolution X-ray diffraction system
  • ICP-MS with laser ablation
  • Laser confocal microscope
  • Mini frame flex test system
  • Multi-frame flex test system 
  • Nano indenter (MTS G200)
  • Orbital bearing wear tester/hip simulator
  • Optical and fluorescence microscope with live cell culture chamber
  • Potentiostat corrosion testing equipment
  • SpectroMaxx compositional analysis
  • Thermo-Gravimetric Analyzer (TGA) and Thermo-Mechanical Analyzer (TMA)
  • Three-axial mechanical testing system (MTS 858 Bionix System)
  • Uni-axial dynamic mechanical analysis testing system (TA Instruments electroforce 3220 series III)
  • Uni-axial mechanical testing systems (MTS 810 and 812 Testing Systems)
  • X-ray microtomography (Micro-CT)
  • Zeiss scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron backscattered diffraction capabilities

Cancer Animal Imaging Core

  • IVIS Spectrum in vivo optical imaging system

Flow Cytometry Core

  • BD Biosciences LSRII Flow Cytometer
  • BD Biosciences FACSymphony A3 Cell Analyzer
  • BD Biosciences FACSAria Fusion Cell Sorter

Histology Core

  • Cool cut microtome
  • Cryostat (two)
  • Embedding Center
  • Gemini automatic stainer w/ coverslipper
  • Microtome
  • Nikon Eclipse 80i microscope station
  • Nikon Imaging System
  • Table Top processor
  • Tissue Processor
  • Vibrotome

Imaging Core - Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience (CPN)

  • Leica cryostat CM 3050S
  • Leica cryostat CM 1860
  • Leica DMi8-SP8-LIA confocal microscope
  • Leica stereomicroscope
  • Nikon 600 Light microscopes with MBF Stereoinvestigator and Neurolucide software
  • Nikon C1+ confocal scanning microscope

Mass Spectrometry Core - Department of Pharmacology

  • 4000 QTRAP LC/MC System
  • 5500 QTRAP LC/MS System
  • Ultimate 3000 HPLC System

Metabolic Phenotyping Core

  • ECHO MRI - Quantitative magnetic resonance (QMR) technology 
  • Sable System, ACCUSCAN and Columbus Instruments (metabolic cages)
  • VEVO 3100 and 2100 - High frequency ultrasound imaging and photoacoustic imaging 

Molecular and Genomics Core

  • 10X Chromium single cell instrument
  • Affymetrix GeneChip Scanner 3000 7G system
  • Beckman CEQ 8000XL GeXP genetic analysis system
  • Bio-Rad CFX384 real-time PCR detection system
  • Bio-Rad CFX96 real-time PCR detection system
  • Bio-Rad ddSeq single cell isolator
  • Bio-Rad Experion bioanalyzers
  • DNAstar Suite sequence analysis tools
  • Illumina iSeq platform
  • Illumina MiSeq platform
  • Illumina NextSeq500 platform
  • KingFisher Flex Magnetic Particle Processors -96 and 24 head
  • MP Biomedical FastPrep -96 instrument
  • NanoDrop ND-1000 and 1 NanoDrop One Microvolume UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • Onsite and Cloud Illumina BaseSpace platform
  • Perkin Elmer Zephyr G3 NGS workstation
  • QIAxcel Advanced System
  • Qubit fluorimeter
  • QX200 Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) system

Pediatric/Fetal Echocardiogram Core

  • Digital pediatric scales (two)
  • Ergonomic echo tables (six)
  • GE Vivid Q ultrasound unit
  • Philips EKG machines (two)
  • Philips EPIC7c ultrasound Units (two)
  • Philips IE33 ultrasound Units (eight)
  • Tilt table
  • Treadmill

Pharmacology Shared Instruments

  • Bio-Plex cytokine profiler
  • Cell dissociator
  • MacsQuant flow cytometer
  • Nikon C2+ confocal microscope
  • Seahorse
  • Ultrasound Visionics 3100