At the University of Connecticut, we have access to state-of-the-art equipment including microbiome sample processing, next-generation sequencing, microscopy and proteomics. Most of the service facility are part of the COR2E. Below is a list of the core facilities most relevant to UConn’s Microbiologists.
- Microbial Analysis, Resources, and Services (MARS): The MARS facility supports research specializing in the analysis of microbial samples and high-throughput processing of nucleic acids. Examples include the characterization of microbiomes, sequencing of small genomes, 96-well and 384-well PCR setup or DNA quantification and other automated liquid handling applications.
- Advanced Light Microscopy: The Advanced Light Microscopy Facility provides access to advanced imaging technology in order to promote innovation and cross-disciplinary interaction. The facility houses a number of laser scanning confocals, as well as systems for widefield imaging and total internal reflection microscopy.
- Proteomics & Metabolomics: The Proteomics & Metabolomics Facility implements ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry (MS) to unambiguously identify proteins, peptides and small molecules in complex mixtures.
- Bioscience Electron Microscopy Laboratory: The Bioscience Electron Microscopy Laboratory provides service, training and facilities required to carry out electron microscopy (EM) of a variety of biological and non-biological samples.
- Center for Genome Innovation: The CGI provides state-of-the-art equipment in genome technologies like Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and microfluidics platforms.