Cell / Molecular Biology Core Facility
The Molecular and Cell Biology Core at the Center facilitates the development of tools for early diagnosis of cancers. The Core is well equipped for developing molecular imaging probes, specifically, the Core develops and characterizes antibody and ligand-based probes for targeted molecular imaging thus aiding the faculty, scientists and students at the Center who focus on developing highly sensitive multifunctional optical, PET and MRI probes for imaging cancers by targeting cancer-specific cellular targets.
The Core houses a variety of instruments needed for performing highly advanced molecular biology experiments. Among the instruments used by the Core are, for example: a highly sensitive fluorescent microscope with a time-lapsed imaging functionality, a real-time PCR machine, a microplate reader with fluorescence and bioluminescence capabilities, a fluorescent cell sorter, an IVIS-Lumina –high sensitive cooled charge coupled device camera for imaging bioluminescence and fluorescence of different wavelengths, an automated peptide synthesizer. The Core is also equipped with a fully functional tissue culture facility licensed for viral work.
The Core’s goal mimics the goal of the Center in that it aims to promote the development and advancement of methods for early cancer detection. The Molecular and Cell Biology core works closely with members of the other Cores to forward the Center’s research efforts.