Core Facilities


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  • Core Facilities

    With more than a dozen specialized areas, UMMC's core facilities offer researchers tools, technology and expertise to compete for grants and make their investigations stand apart.

    Core facilities, often directed by faculty researchers and staffed by expert technicians, offer investigators services from ultracentrifuge analysis to complete veterinary care. Core facilities collaborate across departments, universities, states and nations.

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center has an ever-growing list of core facilities available for researchers. You may get information, including contact information, for these core facilities by following the links. 

    Analytical and Assay Core

    The main goal of the Analytical and Assay Core is to provide support for various radioimmunoassays, enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISA), molecular, and chemical analyses. These facilities and services are available to all members of the department and to collaborators at UMMC as well as other educational and research institutions.

    Analytical Ultracentrifuge Facility

    Analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC) methods provide simultaneous velocity and equilibrium experiments so that protein associative behavior in solution can be explored in detail. The facility includes a Beckman XLA Analytical Ultracentrifuge equipped with absorption optics, an AVIV FDS system for fluorescence detection, an Anton Paar DMA 5000 for density measurements, and an Anton Paar AMVm micro viscometer. 

    Animal Behavioral Core Facility (ABC)

    The mission of the Animal Behavior Core facility is to improve the scope and competitiveness of functional CNS research at UMMC, COBRE and INBRE facilities in Mississippi.

    Biomedical Materials Science Labs

    The Biomedical Mmaterials Science Program is a comprehensive program which includes faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. These facilities allow research and characterization of a diverse range of materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites), of a wide range of properties (physical, mechanical, electrochemical, biological, etc.), and at all levels of interest - from atomistic to macroscopic.

    Equipment Repair Core

    Phoenix Technical Services, Inc. (PTS), a locally-owned company, provides integrated repair and preventative maintenance services on-site to the UMMC research departments.

    Flow Cytometry Core

    The UMMC Cancer Institute Flow Cytometry Core Facility provides state-of-the-art flow cytometry analysis and related services to the UMMC research community and affiliated institutions. Flow cytometry analysis and sorting, as well as consultation for experimental design and data interpretation are provided.

    Histology Core

    The Histology Core Facility offers a variety of services including general histology, specialized histological staining, immunohistochemistry, light microscopy and image analysis. Training in various techniques is also available.

    HPLC/Mass Spectrometry Analytical Core

    The core provides the instrumentation and analytical expertise to perform quantitative analysis of a variety of endogenous compounds including: lipids (prostaglandins, isoprostanes, Cyp eicosanoids), catecholamines, creatinine, carbon monoxide, citrulline assay (NOS activity), steroid hormones and circulating peptides (angiotensin II and Ang1-7).

    Imaging Core

    A laser capture microdissection system, complete with fluorescence capabilities, is available for all Medical Center faculty researchers by the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience (CPN). The system captures a single cell or pure multiple cell types from specific microscopic regions of tissue sections, permitting increased sensitivity and accuracy of downstream biological assays on discrete populations of cells.

    Laboratory Animal Facilities

    The Laboratory Animal Facilities operates as a research-support entity for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. This organization provides the management and resources to maintain full accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. Efforts by the Laboratory Animal Facilities are 100% service-based to University Medical Center animal-based research programs. Support functions include daily animal husbandry requirements, animal quarantine and conditioning programs, animal surgical and anesthetic support, laboratory animal veterinary medical care programs, and regulatory support.

    Molecular and Genomics Core

    The Molecular and Genomics Core provides expertise in molecular, cell biology and genetic technologies to researchers at UMMC and across the region.  The core facility is equipped to perform genetic and genomic analysis on human and several model organisms, including rat and mouse. The Core provides a variety of genomics services, including sample processing, genotyping, sequencing, gene expression and early stage bioinformatics analysis.

    Transgenic Core

    The Transgenic Core provides microinjection service of fertilized mouse embryos for the production of transgenic mice for the research community of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The Transgenic Core can also provide interested investigators help in the design of transgenic constructs as well as in genotyping of transgenic mice.