Core Laboratories

Core Laboratories

The Center has 6 core laboratories, which help integrate research and provide services required by all the investigators. These cores reduce redundancy between labs and provide services not all the individual labs routinely perform.

Click on the Name of any Core Laboratory for More Information on that Core.

Administrative Core

Administrative Core:

Directed by Dr. Jon Oatley, this core integrates the projects by organizing seminars and the annual retreat. The Administrative Core oversees all fiscal management of the program and cores, and facilitates university and agency interactions. This core provides general administrative services, in particular the interactions both in regards to budgets and services of the other cores.

Coordinator/Administrative Manager: Carolyn Emerson-Farr; 509-335-2473;

Director: Jon Oatley; 509-335-0499;

Aquaculture Core

Aquaculture Core:

Directed by Patrick Carter and Ken Cain, the aquaculture core insures proper and consistent handling and rearing of the animals among the projects. The aquaculture core is composed of two parts. One component of the core is housed at Washington State University. This facility is composed of a number of recirculating systems and supports small-scale laboratory experiments. Specialized clonal and monosex rainbow trout populations are available through this core. The oversight for this part of the aquaculture core is provided by Patrick Carter, who can be contacted regarding use. The second component is at the University of Idaho's Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) and includes fish facilities on the UI campus as well as those in Hagerman, Idaho. The University of Idaho core facilities can provide either recirculating and/or flow through systems aimed at both short-term and long-term experiments. Those interested in conducting studies at the UI facilites should contact Ken Cain.

Tyrosinase CRISPR mutants test

Gene Editing Reagent Core:

Directed by Dr. Lisette Maddison, the Gene Editing Reagent Core (GERC) provides a fee based service to provide CRISPR/Cas9 reagents for genome manipulation in many species. The mission of the Core is to help investigators integrate cutting edge genome manipulation into their research. Reagents will be developed in close consultation with the investigators for personalized results. Available services include individual guide RNA and Cas9 supplied separately or cloned into plasmid vectors and repair templates can be generated for precise genomic changes from small to large.

Transgenic Core

Specialized Animal Resources/Transgenic Core:

The Washington State University Transgenic Services Core is supported by the School of Molecular Biosciences, the Center for Reproductive Biology, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Funds for the development of the Core were provided by a generous grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Foundation. The Transgenic Services Core is dedicated to assisting researchers and technicians in the production, preservation and maintenance of transgenic and gene targeted mice for specific research needs. We also serve as a source of knowledge, experience, and instruction in the many uses of genetically modified mice in biomedical research.

The Transgenic Services Core is a fee-for-service operation that provides services to all WSU investigators as well as outside institutions and investigators. Members of the Center for Reproductive Biology receive a 50% discount on all services.

Molecular Biology Core and Genomics Core

Molecular Biology Core and Genomics Core:

Co-Directed by Michael Griswold and Derek Pouchnik, these Cores provide DNA sequencing, protein sequencing, oligonucleotide synthesis, peptide synthesis, and some information services to members of the Center for Reproductive Biology. A state of the art core laboratory providing all genomics micro-array technology equipment including access to an Affymetrix Micro-Array apparatus and data analysis system, as well as a custom array apparatus for glass slide array of investigator initiated arrays. The Core has the bio-informatics support for the procedures performed and assists the investigators in data analysis. Technical support is provided to perform the analysis on the Affymetrix chips and in the production of the custom arrays.



Directed by Dr. Jon Oatley, the Fluorescent Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) core provides a fee based service for investigators to isolate subsets of cells from a heterogonous population based on up to 8 different parameters.

Shared Resources

Shared Resources

The Center has continued support of services offered by closed Cores. Specialized equipment and training are available for faculty and trainees to use. Equipment and training are offered free of charge. Media/supplies used will be charged to the PI.

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