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Research Cores

Cell and Immunobiology Core

The Cell and Immunobiology Core Facility provides custom production of monoclonal antibodies, flow cytometric services, and tissue culture reagents. The Core is located in the Medical Sciences Building and is hosted by the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.

Charles W. Gehrke Proteomics Center

The Proteomics Center provides synthesizes custom peptides, sequences proteins, and provides HPLC and capillary electrophoretic analyses. The core is located in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center.

DNA Core

The DNA Core provides services in DNA sequencing, DNA fragment analysis, genotyping, genomic variation analysis, and gene expression. The DNA Core also maintains the campus Enzyme Freezer Program, which contains an extensive inventory of restriction enzymes, PCR and qPCR reagents, DNA and RNA purification kits, and various chemicals and biochemicals. Robotic instrumentation also is available for high throughput plasmid isolation, colony picking, and genomic library management. The core is located in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center and hosted by the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.

Molecular Cytology Core

The Molecular Cytology Core is a resource for all types of light microscopy, immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization techniques, and general scientific image analysis and processing. Instrumentation available for client use includes two confocal microscopes, micro-injection system, epi-fluorescence stereoscope, conventional wide-field microscopes, paraffin microtome, cryostat, and ultramicrotome. The core is located and hosted by the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core provides equipment maintenance and infrastructure support of research projects that require NMR or for investigators who want to use NMR for structural elucidation and study of chemical and biological reactions. Instrumentation at the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core facility includes an 800 MHz NMR spectrometer. The core is located in the Chemistry Building and is hosted by the Molecular Biology Program.

Electron Microscopy Core

The Electron Microscopy Core supports research that requires scanning or transmission electron microscopy. Services include scanning and transmission electron microscopy, immunoelectron microscopy, x-ray microanalysis, digital imaging and analysis, and preparation of materials and biological specimens. The core is located in the Veterinary Medicine Building and is hosted by the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology.

Structural Biology Core

The Structural Biology Core provides instrumentation and faculty assistance with crystallography, dynamic light scattering, NMR, and peptide synthesis. Researchers who understand the important link between macromolecular structure and function can explore how to get structural information on proteins of interest and which method is best for their needs. The core is located in the Chemistry Building and is hosted by the Molecular Biology Program.

Transgenic Animal Core

The transgenic Animal Core provides many services, including but not limited to chromosome counting, generation of transgenic mice on FVB and c57BI6 strains using client’s DNA, and genotyping assays. The laboratory facilities include dedicated laboratories for cell culture and micromanipulation. The core is located in the Veterinary Medicine Building and is hosted by the Division of Animal Sciences.

Plant Biology Facilities

Ernie and Lottie Sears Plant Growth Facility

The Ernie and Lotte Sears Plant Growth Facility contains 12 greenhouses, walk-in growth chambers, and a long-term seed storage in rooms for the preservation of genetic resources. It is also home to the Plant Transformation Core facility. Sears is located next to Tucker Hall at the heart of campus.

Plant Transformation Core

The Plant Transformation Core assists with plant tissue culture and transformation of soybean, maize, switchgrass, sorghum, tobacco, and Arabidopsis. The core is located in the Sears Plant Growth Facility.

Agricultural Experiment Station

The Agricultural Experiment Station operates a system of farms, centers, and forests around the state to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. Faculty in Biological Sciences have plots out at the Genetics Farm and Bradford Research and Extension Farm.

Tucker Hall Greenhouse

Tucker Hall Greenhouse serves as a teaching resource for faculty and graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences. The greenhouse includes a desert room, a cactus garden, and a tropical room with a pond, as well as additional growth space. The greenhouse currently holds between 500-800 species of plants and is particularly strong in its holdings of Araceae, Cactaceae, and Apocynaceae. The greenhouse is regularly used by faculty and instructors teaching courses in Plant Systematics and Botany.

Computational Resources

University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium

The University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium provides an integrated array of high performance computing and communications products and related services to users, including supercomputing-class hardware, software, mass storage systems, file storage areas, consulting services, and training.

Informatics Research Core

The Informatics Research Core Facility serves the bioinformatics needs of researchers at MU. It provides custom web-enabled software development, analysis of high-throughput data, and assembly and annotation of genome-wide sequence data. The core is located in the Bond Life Sciences Center.

Museums and Collections

Enns Entomology Museum

The Enns Entomology Museum holds approximately 6 million specimens of insects, arachnids, and fossils. It is particularly strong in its holdings of aquatic insects of Ozark streams as well as the pinned collection of Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, and slide-mounted Acarina. Loans of specimens are available to qualified scientists.