Our laboratories are equipped with standard equipment for molecular biology, immunology, cell culture, immune-histochemistry, bacterial incubators, freezers, refrigerators, electrophysiology. Also available to the department: microscope capable of both bright field and fluorescence with image analysis software, confocal laser scanning biological microscope, research zoom stereo microscope with flourescence, transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, microplate fluorometer/luminometer, luminometer, scintillation counter, flow cytometer, biological research irradiator, Real-Time PCR, ultracentrifuges and centrifuges, refrigerated high speed centrifuges, spectrophotometers, electroporator, cryostat, tissue processor, ovens for heat sterilization, autoclaves, gravity steam sterilizer, dark room equipped with a developer, 4ºC cold room, 2 flaked ice machines, Water’s Breeze Gradient HPLC system with autosampler and multiple detectors, two microdialysis systems, and Electrophysiology instruments for in vivo records. Mass spectroscopy, DNA sequencing and X-ray diffraction facilities are available at the UIUC campus at Urbana-Champaign. The Department of Pediatrics has a next generation sequencer.
Animal Care Facility
The animal care facilities have approximately 6,000 square feet of housing and support space. The program and facilities are NIH-assured. The attending veterinarian holds a DVM, a PhD, and is board-certified in anatomic pathology and laboratory animal medicine.
Hospital Affiliated Partners
The College of Medicine has access to more than 900 patient beds and a patient base population of more than 2 million with UICOMP’s two hospital system affiliates, OSF Health Care and UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor. This includes a Level I Trauma Center, the only full service tertiary children’s hospital in downstate Illinois, the Susan G. Komen Breast Center, the Midwest affiliate of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Illinois Neurological Institute, a leading neuroscience center and stroke network.