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Core facilities play an integral role in our research infrastructure, empowering researchers to break new ground by offering specialized laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, unique instrumentation and shared services managed by scientists with the technical expertise and experience to help others. Learn more

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  • Mass Spectrometry - Piscataway

    This facility provides  state-of-the-art mass spectrometry expertise, methodology, and instrumentation to both the Rutgers community and private institutions.

    Key Resources

    Mass spectrometry; liquid chromatography; HPLC

    Location New Brunswick/Piscataway
    Contact Name

    Alexei Ermakov

  • Mass Spectrometry - Newark

    The Mass Spectrometry facility in Chemistry Department at Rutgers University Newark Campus provides high-end mass spectrometry services for the Rutgers University Community. We have a liquid chromatography system coupled with a high-resolution mass spectrometer to provide separation and analysis of complex mixtures.

    Key Resources

    Mass spectrometry; compound identification; MALDI; protein identification; HPLC

    Location Newark
    Contact Name

    Roman Brukh

  • The Materials Science Department occupies over 60,000 square feet of research laboratories including multiple capabilities available for users on a fee-for-service basis.

    Key Resources Additive manufacturing, Arc melting, Atomic force microscopy, Chemical Characterization and elemental analysis, Crystal growth by Czochralski (CZ) method, Electrical testing, Evaporators and films, Furnaces, Glass melting and characterization, Hot presses, Microscopy preparation, Electron Microscopy, Optical Microscopy, Mechanical properties, Non-destructive evaluation, Optical characterization and measurements, Particle and pore size analysis, Processing preparation, Processing, compaction and forming, Raman/FTIR/UV/Vis spectroscopy, Rheology, Synchrotron Probe testing, Thermal measurements, X-ray diffractometers
    Location New Brunswick/Piscataway
    Contact Name MSE Lab
    Contact Email mselabs@soe.rutgers.edu
  • The Metabolic Phenotyping Core Facility provides investigators with services to comprehensively assess metabolism in rodents. This is particularly relevant if one is interested in understanding the role of genes or drugs in controlling metabolism. Given the huge cost of the obesity and diabetes epidemic, this has potential relevance to many investigators at Rutgers that do not work on metabolism, but may have stumbled upon a metabolic phenotype that may potentially have relevance for obesity and diabetes.

    The facility provides advice on experimental design and metabolic phenotyping capabilities such as Indirect calorimetry, body composition, metabolic turnover studies and hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp analysis in live animals, that includes data analysis and interpretation. 

    Key Resources Eight cages of Comprehensive Laboratory Animal Monitoring System (CLAMS, Columbus Instrument) for indirect calorimetry; 16 TSE metabolic cages with environmental chambers for indirect calorimetry; EchoMRI-100 Whole-body body composition analyzer; Infusion pumps and swivel and tether systems for stable isotope tracer infusion; Anatomical Microscope and surgery station
    Location New Brunswick/Piscataway
    Contact Name Hyok Joon Kwon, PhD, Phone: (732) 235-4909
  • Metabolomics Shared Resource

    This shared resource pushes the frontiers of tumor metabolism measurements and provides Rutgers Cancer Institute members with easy, cost-effective access to these capabilities. The overarching objective is to enable scientific discoveries that significantly impact cancer diagnosis and therapy.

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    Key Resources Metabolomics; mass spectrometry; isotope tracing; oncometabolomics; liquid chromatography; HPLC
    Location New Brunswick/Piscataway
    Contact Name Xiaoyang Su
    Contact Email xs137@rwjms.rutgers.edu
  • The microbiome analysis lab offers genome characterization of complex samples to allow organism identification.

    Key Resources Next generation sequencing; genomics; phylogenetics; bioinformatics; microbiome; bacteria
    Location New Brunswick/Piscataway
    Contact Name Gary Guojun Wu
  • The Molecular and Genomics Informatics Core is designed to provide bioinformatics research services to members of the Rutgers community as a whole and industry collaborators.

    The mission of the Molecular and Genomics Informatics Core is to support cutting edge researchers by providing expertise in high-throughput computational analyses. This is to be provided by utilizing up-to-date pipelines for expediting standard workflows, and implementing custom bioinformatics analyses to accommodate the myriad of solutions for academic research. MaGIC will also emphasizes training opportunities by providing remote bioinformatics learning tools, project support and assistance on request, and regular courses.

    Services Provided

    Whole Genome Sequencing analysis: Variant analysis; De novo assembly
    Transcriptome sequencing analysis: Differential gene expression; Pathway analysis
    Single cell transcriptome sequencing analysis: Base single cell analysis; Hash-tagged single cell analysis; CITE-seq single cell analysis
    Epigenetic sequencing analysis: ChIP-Seq differential peak analysis; ATAC-seq differential peak analysis
    Amplicon Sequencing Analysis: Unique amplicon quantification; 16s Metagenomics sequencing analysis; VDJ sequencing diversity analysis
    Custom services to include: Hourly consultations; Tool/pipeline development; Web interface development
    Anticipated Future Services: Integration of metabolomic and proteomic data analysis; Statistical support for large data set analyses

    Key Resources The MaGIC Core has developed and maintains several tools for investigator usage. These are designed to be utilized as secondary visualization analysis after primary analysis through the Core.
    • Fun Interactive RNASeq Expression Tool (FIRE-tool): RNAseq is a mainstream analysis methodology spanning most biological disciplines. This tool is to accept the raw feature counts from the RNAseq pipeline and bring about full visualization capabilities.
    Other tools under development:
    • scRNA
    • 16s Metagenomics
    • ATAC-seq
    Location Newark
    Contact Name Alexander Lemenze
  • The Molecular Design and Synthesis Laboratory focuses on the design and synthesis of small molecule probes to investigate new biology. In collaboration with other biomedical scientists, these probes are used to interrogate biological pathways to create preliminary data for grant applications as well as to design molecules for diagnostic and therapeutic use. The core has established research collaborations with biotech companies as well as with Rutgers investigators.

    Key Resources Molecular Design by interpretation of SAR by experienced medicinal chemists; Synthesis of a wide variety of chemotypes (heterocycles/chiral synthesis); Instrumentation including microwave reactors, LC/MS, analytical and preparative HPLC, NMR and X-ray structure determination; and Synthesized compounds as crystalline solids or lyophilized salts, 98% purity
    Location New Brunswick/Piscataway
    Contact Name Jacques Y. Roberge
    Contact Email jr1257@rutgers.edu