There are currently eight Shared Resources, with some Resources composed of several specialized facilities. Their primary mission is to provide Burnham Investigators with advanced technology, instrumentation, and expertise that may not be easily acquired by individual laboratories. Many of the facilities offer a choice of investigator training followed by independent instrument use, or instead providing expert full service. The Shared Resources are available to all Burnham Institute investigators, and most of these services are also available to outside users. For information on the individual facilities, see Contacts & Links. For general questions, see the contact information in the column to the right.
SUMMARY OF SHARED RESOURCES
An AAALAC accredited facility that houses over 6,500 cages of mice, and provides full husbandry with breeding, weaning, and tail samples. The facility also provides care for a small number of rats and frogs. Many procedures can be performed by facility staff, including injections (SC, IP, IV), tumor measurements, blood collections, and surgical assistance. The transgenic mouse service supports the creation of knockout or transgenic mice. The In vivo imaging facility includes a VisualSonics Vevo 770 ultrasonic imager, and a Xenogen IVIS 200 bioluminescent and fluorescent imaging system. A variety of widely used tumor cell lines (breast, prostate, lung, colorectal, ovarian, cervical, and melanoma) labeled with luciferase are available from the facililty for xenograft tumor growth and metastasis studies.
Cell Imaging and Histology
The Cell Imaging facility houses a wide variety of microscopes, and provides investigator training and use of the instruments, or full-service imaging. Facility microscopes include five advanced fluorescence microscopes and four additional confocal systems (including a BioRad Radiance mulitphoton, and Olympus FluoView 1000) and a transmission electron microscope (Hitachi...