The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cell Culture

Cell Culture


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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.

Plant Cell Culture Library (PCCL)

The Plant Cell Culture Library (PCCL) at UMass Amherst maintains and makes available an unprecedented more than 1,000 diverse plant species for use in research by both academia and industry. The PCCL enables R&D exploitation of monocot, dicot and gymnosperm cultures

  • Over 1,000 living plant species in cell culture, representing plant diversity worldwide.
  • A globally-unique library for discovery and development of novel leads for health, agricultural, consumer, and industrial applications.
  • Ideal for both identification of new genes and molecules through metabolic pathway analyses and evaluation of extracts in targeted activity assays.
  • This impressive collection is supported by cataloging, database and preservation.

Plants produce over 200,000 different kinds of small organic chemicals called "secondary" or "specialized" metabolites that serve many important roles in plant biology. Plant metabolites have also been exploited for millennia by humans as nutrients, commodities and therapeutics. Despite being a rich source of novel molecules of interest to both basic and applied sciences, only a fraction of the pathways and compounds in plants have been explored. The PCCL is a unique living resource that is available to the research community to define new pathways and chemistries for understanding biological processes and producing new materials.

The Plant Cell Culture Library database can be viewed at

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

General Cell Culture (S471)

  • 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 (Simple) $100/plate $130/plate $200/plate
Plate Cell Culture (Medium complex)) $200/plate $260/plate $400/plate
Plate Cell Culture (Difficult) Inquire Inquire Inquire
Plate Cell Culture Extracts $25/aliquot $32.50/aliquot $50/aliquot
40 cell lines in duplicate
$125/well $162.50/well $250/well
Agar Diffusion $125/diffusion $162.50/diffusion $250/diffusion
Technican Time $75/hour $75/hour $150/hour
Rates are subject to change and do not include shipping, contact facility to verify current fees.

FY22 Specialized Service Center Approved Fees

Cell Culture Facility: The equipment in this facility allow for routine mammalian cell culture work and includes incubators, hoods, refrigeration, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettes, etc. This facility allows for walk-in usage by users and will soon provide services including cell passage, storage, transfection, etc.

FY21 Specialized Service Center Approved Fees

Updated 2021