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New York University School of Medicine

Superfund Research Program

Molecular and Imaging Core Facility (ARRA Funded)

Project Leader: Wei Dai (N.Y. University Medical Center)
Grant Number: P42ES010344
Funding Period: 2009-2011

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Project Summary (2009-2011)

The purpose of the Molecular and Imaging Core Facility is to provide quality-controlled, state-of-the-art service for investigators of the Superfund project. The following two areas comprise the Core Facility: (i) Cell Imaging and (ii) Genomics. The Cell Imaging unit provides training, consultation, and usage on fluorescent and confocal microscopy, and on software tools for processing and quantitative analysis of image data. Sophisticated image acquisition and analysis regimes are also available including time-lapse and deconvolution. The Genomics unit provides investigators with a variety of needs in real-time PCR set-up and data analysis, detection and quantification of gene-specific DNA methylation, and specialized DNA sequencing. It also provides customized service of detecting global DNA methylation and histone acetylation in mammalian and fish models. Some of the highly specialized services require extensive expertise or costly equipment or both. Therefore, the value of the Core Facility lies in the opportunity for the Superfund researchers to conduct studies using the Core Facility equipment and expertise which would otherwise be beyond the reach and/or budget of individual investigators. This Core Facility will be complementary to the existing NIEHS Molecular Biology Core, which does not provide "hands-on" bench services or experimental laboratory support as provided herein.

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