Institutional core labs secure $4.6 million for technology to accelerate research discoveries
“Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Shared Instrumentation program and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT) Core Facility Support program allows state-of-the art technology to be purchased for highly used institutional core labs by UT Health San Antonio researchers, but also made available to external research partners,” said Ramiro Ramirez-Solis, PhD, director of the institutional core labs. He added, “Writing these grants is very time intensive, so I am delighted that Michael Berton, PhD; Alex Taylor, PhD, and Exing Wang, PhD, were successful in their efforts to support the research enterprise.”
The $3,623,500 CPRIT grant will allow the Flow Cytometry Core Lab to purchase new technology that enables scientists to more efficiently study cellular characteristics in a single experimental or clinical sample. With the NIH funds, the Optical Imaging Core Lab will purchase a ZEISS Lightsheet 7 and the Structural Biology Core Lab will purchase the Rigaku HyPix-6000HE Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) Detector, VariMax-VHF confocal optic and Universal Goniometer.
For biomedical research to be conducted and published at the speed we’ve witnessed with COVID-19 the past 18 months, this investment in these centralized shared research resources is required, Dr. Ramirez-Solis added.