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Cell Culture

Cell Culture

The Cell Culture Facility (CCF), located in the Life Science Laboratories at UMass Amherst, supports research by providing space, equipment, and cell cultures (plant and mammalian), media, supplies, and expertise on a recharge basis for both academic labs and corporate partners. The CCF provides cultures for researchers to bring to their labs for experiments, provides media and materials to support cell culture, and also allows use of laminar flow hoods, incubators, centrifuges, refrigerators/freezers, and basic microscopes.

The Plant Cell Culture Library (PCCL) at UMass Amherst preserves and makes available to the research community an unprecedented more than 2,200 diverse plant species for natural product and genomic research by both academia and industry.

Plant Cell Culture (LSL S579)

  • Easypure UV compact ultrapure water system
  • 2 Germinators (dry glass bead sterilizers) with spatulas
  • 2 Biosafety cabinets
  • 5 Magnetic stir plates
  • Hot water bath
  • pH Meter
  • Top loading balance
  • Analytical balance
  • 4 Thermo scientific precision incubators
  • Small -20 freezer
  • Small refrigerator
  • Large Deli refrigerator

Mammalian Cell Culture (LSL S570)

  • 2 Biosafety cabinets
  • 2 Incubators (1 with low oxygen capability)
  • Refrigerator
  • -20 Freezer
  • -80 Freezer
  • Liquid nitrogen storage
  • Inverted Nikon phase contrast microscope

Cell Culture (S470)

  • 2 Biosafety cabinets
  • 2 Incubators
  • Liquid nitrogen storage
  • Inverted Nikon phase contrast microscope
  • Centrifuge
  Campus Users Other Academic Institutions External Users
Facility Access Fee $250/quarter $325/quarter $500/quarter
Additional Lab Member $50/quarter $65/quarter $100/quarter
Plate Cell Culture (High) $100 $130 $200
Plate Cell Culture (Medium) $100 $130 $200
Plate Cell Culture (Low) Inquire Inquire Inquire
Plate Cell Culture Extracts $25/aliquot $32.50/aliquot $50/aliquot
40 cell lines in duplicate
$125/plate $162.50/plate $250/plate
Agar Diffusion $125/diffusion $162.50/diffusion $250/diffusion
Rates are subject to change and do not include shipping, contact facility to verify current fees.
Updated January 9, 2018

James Chambers, PhD

Developing photochemical molecules and techniques as well as new imaging modalities since 2002. His deep yet varied experience allows him to convey expertise in acquisition recommendations, data optimization, and manual and automated analysis of large numbers of images.

  • It is well known that plants are a great source for chemical diversity that continues to fuel innovation from drug discovery to consumer products. This technology is unique in that it combines the breadth of the library with a novel approach that sustainably taps into the diversity of natural compounds.”

    —Sekhar Boddupalli, Monsanto Consumer R&D

  • This unique collection of 3,500 cultured plant species, spanning 85 percent of plant taxonomic orders from around the world, is an invaluable source of novel natural products. This collection affords the opportunity not only to extract compounds for medical and industrial testing, but also the ability to use genomics and molecular biology to uncover the underlying metabolic pathways.”

    —Steven Goodwin, dean of the College of Natural Sciences

Facility Staff

James ChambersJames Chambers
Cell Culture Director
(413) 577-4580


Katie Webster
Katie Webster
Plant Cell Culture Manager


Cell Culture-S471A, S570 Life Science Laboratories

PCCL-S579 Life Science Laboratories
University of Massachusetts Amherst
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003


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