Departmental Core Facilities

Beckman LS6500 Scintillation Counters (x4)

  • designed to provide highly accurate, automated counting of the level of radioactivity in radioactively-tagged samples. Instrument can perform several types of calculations obtained from counting.

Bio-Rad Universal Hood II Gel Documentation System

  • Gel Doc XR system is a high-resolution gel documentation system (1.4 megapixel) with a motorized zoom lens for hands-free gel documentation and real-time imaging for quick positioning and focusing of samples
  • Quantity One® Analysis Software

Molecular Devices Spectrophotometers


  • SPECTRAmax 190

Beckman (System Gold) HPLC including Auto-Sampler, 166 Detector, 126 Solvent Module, 406 Analog Interface Module and Shimadzu RF-551 Spectrofluorometric detector

  • physical separation technique in which a sample dissolved in a liquid is injected into a column packed with small particles and it is separated into its constituent components

Hewlet Packard 5890A Gas Chromatograph with 3392 Integrator

  • process of separating the compounds in a mixture is carried out between a liquid stationary phase and a gas mobile phase thereby separating and analyzing compounds

Beckman Optima Max XP Benchtop Ultracentrifuge


Beckman Avanti JXN-26 Centrifuge


eppendorff 5810 R Centrifuge

New Brunswick I26 Shaking Incubator

Steris Reliance 400 Laboratory Glassware Washer

Steris AMSCO Lab 250 Steam Sterilizer/Autoclave

Ultra-Low -80°C Freezers (x4)

Alberta Diabetes Institute Core Facilities

IN CELL Analyzer 2000

  • for investigative microscopy to automated high-content screening
  • organelles to cells, to tissues, to whole organisms
  • fixed end-point assays to extended live cell studies

Perk Elmer EnVision Multilabel Plate Reader

  • can measure time-resolved fluorometry, prompt fluorometry, photometry, luminometry, fluorescence polarization and AlphaScreen
  • able to perform cellular, GPCR, reporter gene, enzyme, genotyping and quantification assays with dual detectors GE LifeSciences AKTApurifier
  • modular liquid chromatography systems for separation of proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids by FPLC GE Healthcare Typhoon TRIO
  • for quantitative phosphorimaging, ECL Plus Westerns, and multifluorescence applications such as 2-D DIGE and ECL Plex
  • imaging applications include storage phosphor, fluorescence-Proteins (CyDye DIGE, ECL Plex, Protein Stains), fluorescence-Nucleic acids, nucleic acid stains, chemifluorescence, multipurpose fluorescence and chemiluminescence

MSD SECTOR Imager 2400 Plate Reader

  • ability to perform high-throughput screening for detection and quantification of cytokines, chemokines, disease-focused biomarkers, metabolic, phosphoproteins, intracellular signalling and apoptosis

Faculty of Medicine Core Facilities

Cardiovascular Research Centre