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Analytical and Assay Core

Analytical and Assay Core

About us

The Analytical and Assay Core is a core facility in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Its main goal is to provide support for various radioimmunoassays, enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISA), molecular and chemical analyses.

These facilities and services are a resource for the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, UMMC collaborators and other educational and research institutions on a fee-for-service basis.

The specific aims of this core are:

  • To provide and ensure uniform methods for collection, labeling, transporting, storage and analysis of biological samples, including plasma, urine and tissues.
  • To provide accurate and timely analyses of these samples.
  • To provide supervision of commonly used analytical procedures.
  • To provide maintenance for equipment used by multiple investigators in different projects in the department and
  • To train new personnel in the proper use of the equipment.
  • To provide hardware and software for computerized collection and retrieval of data from radiation counters.
  • To reduce the expenditure of research funds by bulk purchasing of supplies at discount and by allowing equipment, instruments and facilities to serve multiple investigators.
  • To provide expertise and equipment to develop new and improve existing assays.
  • To provide personnel needed to ensure compliance with regulations in radiation safety, and handling of blood-borne pathogens and hazardous chemicals. 

Haiyan Zhang, the laboratory manager, has more than 20 years of experience performing radioimmunoassays and other biochemical assays. Dr. Barbara T. Alexander is the overall core leader and coordinates administrative and budgetary components of the core.

Equipment and Assays Available

  • Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)
  • Radioimmunoassay (RIA)
  • VET AXCEL Chemistry Analyzer

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External collaboration

We welcome collaboration with external users. Contact us by phone or email.