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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: 

Nanostructures Laboratory, Keck

The mission of the Keck Nanostructures Laboratory is to provide access to material characterization equipment, technical support, training and consultation, as well as to perform a range of services for for the use of UMass community and as well as from other academic institutions and Industry.

Department(s): 

Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Sekar Dhanasekaran

Location: 

Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research

Resources: 

Small Angle X-Ray Scattering Equipment

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Keck

W.M. Keck Electron Microscopy Laboratory is a part of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and the Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It is equipped with several transmission electron microscopes, scanning electron microscopes and related sample preparation equipment for the use of the UMass community as well as people from outside the University.

Department(s): 

Physics
Polymer Science and Engineering
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: 

Alexander E. Ribbe

Location: 

Silvio O. Conte National Center for Polymer Research, Rooms B 161 - B 171

Resources: 

100kV transmission electron microscope (JEOL 100CX), sample preparation equipment

Availability: 

Public

Research: 

Central Microscopy

The purpose of this central facility is to provide to researchers an equipment, service, and information resource for microscopy. By supporting the staff and large equipment service costs from broad-based funding contributions derived fromcompetitive grant overhead and other sources, high quality equipment, facilities, and staff are accessible to all researchers at very modest fees.

Department(s): 

Biology
Shared Resource

College/Unit: 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Vice Provost for Research

Contact: 

Chris Woodcock

Location: 

Rooms 1 & 3, Morrill Science Center, Section 4 North

Availability: 

Public

Research: