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X-Ray Structural Characterization Laboratory

This facility houses the most modern, state-of-the-art, single crystal X-Ray Diffractometer.Capabilities include: Crystal Inspection, Cell determination, Data Collection and Processing, Structure Solution, Quick Structure (Identity), Low Temperature Data Collection. Private sector use available by arrangement.

Department(s): 

Biology
Chemistry
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

D. Venkataraman

Location: 

LGRT 1534

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Vibrating Probe Facility

The objective of the Vibrating Probe Facility is the development and use of non-invasive probes to study the 3-dimensional distribution of ionic and molecular flux about living tissues. The UMVP develops new non-invasive instrumentation for measuring transmembrane flux of ions or molecules. UVMP also hosts resident and visiting scientists who use the instrumentation developed by the facility to investigate their own particular biological questions.

Department(s): 

Biology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Joe Kunkel

Resources: 

Scanning Ion-selective Electrode Technique, Scanning Polarographic Electrode Technique, Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy Laboratory

The High-Field NMR Facility at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is an interdepartmental facility, open to researchers of the Five Colleges Consortium (UMass Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst and Hampshire Colleges) and surrounding industries. It supports research programs of twenty groups in the areas of chemical synthesis, polymer chemistry, materials science, and natural products.

Department(s): 

Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Weiguo Hu

Location: 

LGRT

Resources: 

All NMRs are equipped with a sample changer, pulsed field gradients, and multinuclear probes and can meet the needs of almost any routine use

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Muscle Biology and Imaging Laboratory

The mission of the laboratory is to unravel the complex mechanisms of human skeletal muscle function. To accomplish this, we study the muscle's response to an environmental challenge, such as overexertion, disuse, and training. Our studies currently focus on understanding the underpinnings of muscle damage, atrophy, and hypertrophy and their functional outcomes.

Department(s): 

Kinesiology

College/Unit: 

Public Health and Health Sciences

Contact: 

Priscilla Clarkson

Resources: 

Spot insight QE camera, EclipseNET 1.16, EC135-90 power supply, IEC MicroMax RF refrigerated centrifuge, Sorvall Legend RT refrigerated centrifuge, Ultrasonic cell disruptor, Ultra Turrax homogenizer, OWL electrophoretic separation systems for agarose and Polyacrylamide gels, VWR RNA Workstation, Fotodyne Image analysis system (UV and white light)

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Microbial Fermentation Laboratory

The microbial fermentation laboratory offers equipment to perform cell culture investigations. In addition to the major instrumentation listed above, the Laboratory houses other items needed for microbial culture experiments including a laminar flow hood, autoclave, incubator shaker, research grade microscope, balance, pipettors, plain shakers and glassware. We also have access to a Waters Alliance HPLC system for off-line measurement of other extracellular species concentrations and a FACSAria flow cytometer and cell sorter for cell population studies.

Department(s): 

Chemical Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

College of Engineering

Contact: 

Michael Henson

Resources: 

Pentium IV computer equipped with New Brunswick BioCommand software that provides real-time fermenter monitoring and control capabilities

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Greenhouses & Growth Chambers

The Biology greenhouse facility encompasses 6626 sq. ft under glass of which approximately 90% is occupied by plants. The "Morrill" house is a semicircular unit attached to the south end of the Morrill Science Center. A glass tunnel leads to four identical ranges, numbered 1 to 4, that are divided into East and West sections. The "Clark" house is located about 100 feet away from Morrill and is attached to Clark Hall.

Department(s): 

Biology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Elsbeth Walker

Location: 

Morril Science Center

Availability: 

Private

Research: 

Genomics Resource Laboratory

Lab offers a range of analytical services, including: genotyping platforms (microsatellite and SNP analyses); an E-GENE capillary sequencing for size separation of unlabelled PCR products to 2-bp resolution; and gel electrophoresis for SSCP, DGGE, TGGE, and related native and denaturing electrophoresis protocols. Researchers from UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges Consortium and the greater Pioneer Valley scientific community, and beyond are invited to inquire about how to access these services.

Department(s): 

Biology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Vice Provost for Research

Contact: 

Stephen Rich

Location: 

B2 Fernald Hall

Resources: 

Two liquid-handling robots and specialized software (EMBOSS, Sequencher; Staden package; Bioedit; FinchTV; MxPro for Stratagene; Totallab analysis for gel image).

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

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