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Faculty, staff, and students across campus may use the services of these facilities for a reasonable fee. See below for descriptions. Most of these facilities are administered by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research; some are administered by other units.

Central Research Shop
Technology B-55, Mailcode: 6603
Supervisor: Greg Moroz

The Central Research Shop (CRS) is supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.  The CRS provides researchers with a facility where they can have the specialized technical problems of research apparatus and equipment solved with a minimum of cost and delay. The CRS maintains and staffs facilities for woodworking, welding, machining, sheet metal fabrication, electrical and electronics operations, as well as short-run manufacturing in metals, plastics and composites.

Services of the CRS are available to faculty and students from all departments and disciplines. Fees for material and labor costs may apply to projects.

Core Facility for Ecological Analyses
Life Scienece II 417, Mailcode 6509
Manager: Amanda Rothert,
Director: Dr. Sara Baer,, 453-3228

Provides analysis of nutrients for water, soil, and tissue samples. Equipment includes OI Analytical Flow Solution IV, Thermo Flash 2000 Elemental Analyzer, Trilogy 7200 Fluorometer, Shimadzu GC-2014 and GC-8A.

DNA Sequencing & Allele Analysis Facility

453-5727 or 453-3121
Public Policy Institute Basement B7, mailcode 4415
Operator: Ali Srour;
Director: Dr. David Lightfoot (453-1797)

Provides two-day DNA sequencing services, and same-day user center support, for plasmid, PCR, and BAC DNA. Short courses to teach the sequencing techniques are held regularly. The facility has PE377 gel sequencers as well as ABI3700 and CEQ8000 capillary sequencers. Sequences are derived from DNA or colonies in tubes or plates. Provides fragment size analysis with fluorescent labeled probes for microsatellites and other genetic markers. High-resolution melt available. Real-time PCR available. Visible or UV light excited fluors used.

Elemetal Analysis Services
420 Life Science II, mailcode 6509
Director: Dr. Stephen Ebbs

Provides sample preparation and elemental analysis services for tissue, soil, and water samples. Equipment is a Varian 220 FS atomic absorption spectrometer, determination by flame or graphite furnace.

Genomics & Robotics Services

453-2606 or 453-3121
Public Policy Institute Basement B1, mailcode 4415
Manager: Ali Srour
Director: Dr. David Lightfoot (453-1797)

Provides robotic services attuned to high-throughput marker assisted selection, BAC and cDNA library construction and arraying, physical map generation, micro-array analysis, GMO content testing, genotyping and genetic identity testing. The facility has a Genomic solution GS2 for colony picking, 384 well plate assembly, cherry-picking, high clone density nylon filter generation, and micro-array generation; a GeneTAC for array analysis; an ABI6700 and Qia-extractor for high-throughput DNA and RNA extractions; and a Biomek2000 and two Hydras for liquid handling, reaction assembly, and automated agarose electrophoresis. Real-time PCR available.

IMAGE - IMAGE - Integrated Microscopy and Graphics Expertise
453-3730, 750 Communications Dr., mailcode 4402

Provides training, technical service and research in scanning electron, transmission electron, atomic-force, and light microscopy. Advanced capabilities include X-ray analysis, image analysis, and viewing of specimens under near-atmospheric conditions. See the web site for instrumentation available and microscopy fees.

IMAGE also administers a computer graphics and photography facility (476 Life Science II), which offers consultation and technical assistance to faculty and students who need posters for research conferences or photographs or illustrations for research publications. For computer graphics, call Steve at 453-3041; for photography, call Cheryl at 453-3043. A brochure with a price list is available from the facility.

Laboratory Animal Program
1062 Life Science III, mailcode 6506
Director: Dr. Joseph Scimeca

A centralized facility, accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, for housing vertebrate animals used in research or teaching activities. It is maintained under the direction of a board-certified veterinarian with specialized training in laboratory animal medicine to ensure proper and humane care and management of animals and compliance with federal regulations and guidelines. All research and/or teaching activities involving vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee prior to commencing.

Mass Spectrometry Facility
Neckers 103, mailcode 4409
Director: Dr. Mary Kinsel

Provides sample analysis, research, and training opportunities to the SIUC community. The facility has a ThermoFisher TRACE GC ultra/PolarisQ MS, an Applied Biosystems 4700 Proteomics Analyzer TOF-TOFMS, a Bruker Daltonics MicroFlex MS, and a Bruker Daltonics Esquire HCT MS equipped with an LCPackings nano-HPLC system.