Core Facilities provide scientific resources, cutting-edge technologies and novel approaches to support DIR scientists. Availability of specialized expertise creates a robust environment for conducting a wide range of studies and accelerates the pace at which scientific discovery can take place.
The Animal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Core specializes in cardiovascular imaging of mice and rats. It performs all aspects of imaging studies, from planning to data analysis and interpretation. The Core works with investigators to tailor imaging studies to individual study needs. It also performs a wide variety of studies, including cardiac function and anatomy, stress testing and vascular imaging.
The Animal Surgery and Resource Core services for NHLBI research animals include animal model development, surgery, surgical support, imaging support, and post-operative care, as well as technical services such as radiography, blood & tissue collection. These services include both rodents and large animals.
The mission of the Biochemistry Core is to provide expert services and consultation in biochemical enzyme assays and protein purification. All users are provided with on-site instrumentation training and if necessary, assistance with data processing and analyses.
The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Core facility at the NHLBI facilitates, amplifies, and accelerates biological and medical research and discovery through the application of the latest bioinformatics methods and technologies. This mission is achieved by delivering high quality and comprehensive support for experimental design, analysis and visualization in a timely fashion. The Core is responsive to research scientists’ needs and effectively evolve with advances in the field.
The Biophysics Core’s mission is to provide support in the study of macromolecular interactions, dynamics, and stability by offering consultations, training, professional collaborations, and instrument access. This Core assists NHLBI researchers with comprehensive biophysical characterization of biomolecules, including proteins, polynucleotides, nanoparticles, and their ligands.
The DNA Sequencing and Genomics Core provides NHLBI investigators with fast and cost-effective next-generation sequencing services to facilitate DIR basic and translational research. The services include sequencing experiment consultation, various library preparations, data acquisition and FASTQ file generation, as well as sequencing technology training for postdoctoral and clinical fellows. The core strives to maintain cutting-edge sequencing instrumentation and genome technology.
The Electron Microscopy Core provides advice, technical services, training and use of facilities to NHLBI DIR investigators who require electron microscopy (EM) to answer specific research topics. In general, this refers to questions involving subcellular, supramolecular or macromolecular structure at a level of resolution below that of the light microscope. The facility is equipped with transmission electron microscopes (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), as well as the preparative equipment for most biological EM applications. One TEM is a current model equipped for electron tomography and automated montage acquisition.
The Flow Cytometry Core is a state-of-the-art facility to accommodate a range of cell sorting and analysis needs. This Core supports a wide variety of applications, including high speed cell sorting, 15-color cell analysis, cytokine analysis by multiplex bead arrays, imaging flow cytometry, phoshoprotein analysis, and cell cycle analysis.
The mission of induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) Core is to accelerate stem cell research by providing investigators consultation, technical services and training in human pluripotent stem cell technology. The major services that iPSC Core currently provides include (1) generation of human iPSCs from fibroblast cells, CD34+ hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) using non-integration methods; (2) CRISPR/Cas9 mediated human iPSC gene knockout, gene correction, point mutation knock-in, and AAVS1 safe harbor transgene knock-in; (3) human iPSC-cardiomyocyte differentiation.
The mission of the Light Microscopy Core is to assist investigators in experiments involving light microscopy with state-of-the-art equipment, training, and image processing capabilities.
The NHLBI Murine Phenotyping Core carries out physiologic and behavioral testing in a diversity of mouse models for NHLBI and other NIH institutes.
The Pathology Facility is a morphology core facility, which provides histopathology support for intramural researchers. The facility offers a full range of histopathology services and quality control for morphologic studies, experimental pathology (animal models) and optimizes use of supplies and equipment for all investigators at the NHLBI in which morphological studies and tissue-based molecular studies play a critical role.
The Proteomics Core provides access to mass spectrometry and gel based proteomics for identification and quantitation of proteins and their post-translational modifications (PTM). This Core has state-of-the-art equipment, including two Orbitrap Lumos instruments.