The Stem Cell Center is supported by UCRs numerous state-of-the-art facilities. These include:

CNAS Core Instrumentation Facility.


The Institute for Integrative Genome Biology manages a Core Instrumentation Facility that serves as a shared-use resource for investigators campus-wide. The following four core instrumentation areas are each managed by a fulltime PhD-level senior scientist.


Genomics Core.


The suite, managed by Dr. Glen Hicks, contains instrumentation for DNA sequencing, robotic handling of DNA, DNA microarray production and hybridization (Affymetrix GeneChip, Bio-Rad Versarray ChipWriter Pro and Perkin Elmer ScanArray Express Systems), Q-PCR (ABI 7700), Phosphorimager (Typhoon 9410), 96-well luminomter/fluorimeter, Nanodrop spectrophotmoter, automated colony picking, robotics and liquid handling, DNA fragment analysis (microsatellites and SSCPs) and flow-cytometry (BD FACSAria).


Microscopy Core.


This facility, run by Dr. David Carter, maintains a comprehensive suite of instrumentation for fluorescence imaging and interactive experimentation, including two high resolution confocal systems (Leica SP2 UV and Zeiss 510), a high speed ocular viewing system (Meridian InSight Point) and a fully automated confocal workstation for chemical compound screening (Atto Pathway HT). Several high performance software packages are available for image analysis.


Bioinformatics Core.


This core, run by Dr. Thomas Girke, contains several workstations, servers, and clusters to run advanced bioinformatics/cheminformatics software tools, to host a wide range of databases and to perform large-scale computing. The available hardware resources include six dual-bootable PC workstations (Linux/Win), two dual-bootable Power Macs (Linux/OS X), one SGI Octane 2 modeling workstation, two high-end servers and a 64-CPU Linux Cluster. Over 100 bioinformatic software tools are available to researchers on campus via remote access.


W.M. Keck Foundation Proteomics Core.


This suite, run by Dr. Songqin Pan, is equipped with state-of-the-art mass spectrometers including oMALDI MS/MS, Q-TOF ESI MS/MS, and LC-MALDI prep systems, and a 2D-gel system for protein separation.


Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation Facility (ACIF).


Housed in the Department of Chemistry, this facility consists of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility, the Southern California Mass Spectrometry (SCMS) Facility, the Small Molecule X-ray Crystallography (SMXC) Facility, and the Optical Spectroscopy (OS) Facility. The Chemistry Dept. also houses a “hot-lab” for istopic labeling.


Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis (CFAMM).


This facility serves as a research, service, and consulting laboratory for electron microscopic characterization of organic and inorganic materials, biological tissue and minerals applying electron beam techniques.


Nanofabrication Laboratory.


This lab includes clean room and semiconductor processing facilities for micro-and nano-device fabrication, characterization and measurement and is designed for manipulation of nonstandard materials such as organic and biological molecules and their interface to devices.


Statistical Consulting Collaboratory.


The Collaboratory provides UCR faculty and graduate students with an environment for collaboration in research and instruction emphasizing statistical / quantitative approaches. It provides reserachers with the most effective quantitative / statistical consulting and statistical software support possible, especially supporting campus research, instruction, and public service efforts.


Biotechnology Impacts Center (BIC).


The Biotechnology Impacts Center (BIC) is housed within the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology and is under the direction of Dr. Norman Ellstrand. BIC serves as an "honest broker" forum to identify the relevant policy issues, act as a clearinghouse for credible information on those issues and to initiate research that addresses the potential benefits and consequences of the genomics revolution. The resulting knowledge will inform public policy discussions among public interest groups, the biotechnology industry, academics, elected officials and policymakers.


Science Library.


UCR has a new, modern, state-of-the-art science library. As part of the University of California, we have access to the California State Library, the MELVYL system for literature search and retrieval, and interlibrary loan services throughout the UC system and with many other libraries.


University Research Park.


The City and County of Riverside in partnership with UCR has established a 39-acre University Research Park (URP) to house technology businesses. All three partners have committed funds to this project: $3 million from the County for land assembly and site preparation; $1.8 million from the City for infrastructure (roads, sewers, fiber-optic ring, etc.), and UCR provided a 3.5 acre parcel for the development of the technology incubator facilities and support services. The 39 acres have been developed into 11 finished lots that will be developed into tech-based facilities.

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