Research Equipment & Services

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These shared resources are available to other researchers both within and outside the University of Minnesota community.

They provide a stable, cost-effective, and technologically relevant means of supporting the Center for Immunology's mission to coordinate and promote efforts in immunology research, education, and clinical applications. 

Location: Winston and Maxine Wallin Medical Bioscience Building (MBB)

Contact: Deb Lins, benso010@umn.edu, 612-626-2476

Lab safety training is required for everyone using the equipment and facilities.

Lab safety training and guidelines for New and existing employees


RS 2000 X-Ray Irradiator

The RS 2000 is the non-isotope alternative to radioactive source equipment for research irradiation applications. This system is powerful and flexible enough to assist with biological studies in cancer, bio-technology and selected institutional work including:

  • Human Genome
  • Myeloablation
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Small animal work
  • Feeder cell production

The RS 2000 has user-variable dose rates up to 6 Gy per minute whereas a gamma irradiator's dose rate is dependent on the isotope used and the remaining curies encapsulated. Rad Source has developed the expertise to produce a dose equivalency to gamma irradiators.
 
The RS 2000 allows for one cycle irradiation of animals in a standard filtered Allentown Cage, which is provided with the equipment and provides 95% horizontal dose uniformity within the rearing cage using our patented reflective holder
 
See radsource.com for more information about this product.

Request the X-Ray Irradiator

Flow Cytometry  

Please visit the University Flow Cytometry Resource (UFCR) website for all of your flow cytometry needs.

To sign up for time on one of the analyzers use the Online Calendar

Imaging

CFI maintains an imaging facility in WMBB. 

Equipment available for use:

  • Leica TCS Multiphoton Microscope
  • Leica DM5500B Epifluorescent Wide-field microscope
  • Olympus FV1000 Confocal microscope
  • Leica CM1800 Cryostat
  • Vibratome

To schedule use, please check the calendar. To learn more information and receive training, talk to Brian Fife.

Also available is the University Imaging Center (UIC) which has a facility in CCRB.

Instrumentation

A variety of common laboratory instrumentation is also shared by the center staff members. A sampling of this equipment encompasses centrifugation, spectrophotometry, real-time PCR, radioisotope counting, and protein purification.

  • Beckman JE Mid-Speed Centrifuge
  • Beckman DU-640 Spectrophotometer
  • BioRad Bio Plex 200 System
  • C.T.L. ImmunoSpot Elispot
  • Molecular Devices- Spectra Max 384 Plus Plate Reader
  • Cepheid SmartCycler II (Real-Time PCR)
  • New Brunswick Heated Shaking Incubator(2)
  • Savant SpeedVac Rotovap
  • UVP EL3 Gel Documentation System
  • Thermo Scientific NanoDrop OneC

Bio-Medical Library


The Bio-Medical Library is the primary health information resource for the students, staff, and faculty of the Academic Health Center.

Research Animal Resources


Provides for the care, health and well-being of animals used in research and education.

Electronic Instrument Services 

Repair and calibration of most types of laboratory equipment, from all major manufacturers.

Emergency contacts

For non-urgent maintenance requests: complete this form.

Occupants of Research Building Management Services (RBMS) managed buildings should fill out a non-urgent work request form. If your request is urgent (floods, alarms, card reader doors, etc.), follow the protocol on the contact page.

Emergency:

During business hours (Mon-Fri 8am-4pm)

  • Step 1 - Call the appropriate Info Desks (WMBB: 6-5258) - (no answer move to step 2) 
  • Step 2 - Call the appropriate building coordinators (Sam Schroeder 612-301-5884, rbmsbddw@umn.edu) - (no answer move to step 3) 
  • Step 3 - CallTara Fricke: cell/pager 612-547-6710 ( after 20 minutes without an answer move to step 4)
  • Step 4 - Call Cheryl Miller (cell: 651-769-4664)

After hours (4:30pm-7:30am and weekends); start at step 3.

Radiation and Chemical Spills:

  • During business hours call 612-626-6002.
  • After business hours call 911 from a University phone.

For more information about research facility support at the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center, visit Research and Building Management Services.