Research InfrastructureCellnetworks Core Technology Platform
The Field of Focus 1 Research Council supports the development of technological facilities (Core Facilities) through financing and advisory service.
The Cluster of Excellence CellNetworks was instrumental in fostering the infrastructure of the Heidelberg Life Science Campus and acts as an umbrella organization for Core Facilities.
Junior scientists in particular should have easy access to the latest technology without any bureaucratic obstacles. The Core Facilities offer support to their users on three different levels:
- Support by experienced staff
- Allocation of equipment
Advanced Biological Screening Facility (ABSF)
The screening facility offers assay development, automated sample preparation and high-throughput solid phase transfection with siRNAs on well plates or cell arrays, high-throughput microscopy, and automated data validation. It has been established by the Cluster of Excellence CellNetworks and Federal Ministry of Education and Research project ViroQuant.
Core Facility for Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics (CFMP)
The Core Facility for Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics offers qualitative and quantitative proteomics, allowing protein and protein-interactome identification and characterization, including the detection and localization of posttranslational modifications (PTMs).
Electron Microscopy Core Facility (EMCF)
The EMCF provides technical and scientific support for transmission and scanning electron microscopy.
Flow Cytometry & FACS Core Facility (FFCF)
The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and allows sorting of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The facility offers individual introductory tutorials to flow cytometry and the use of the analytical instruments, as well as support and aid in all questions concerning flow cytometry as a method.
Infectious Diseases Imaging Platform (IDIP)
The Infectious Diseases Imaging Platform (IDIP) provides, develops and applies high-end microscopy infrastructure under conditions of enhanced biosafety containment 2 and 3 (BSL-2 and 3) to enable infectious diseases research.
Interdisciplinary Neurobehavioral Core (INBC)
The Interdisciplinary Neurobehavioral Core is a multidisciplinary in vivo core platform at Heidelberg University. It provides a state-of-the-art in vivo facility and assistance for the entire neuroscience community offering detailed behavioral analyses and surgical procedures in the context of mouse and rat models of neurological, cognitive and psychiatric disorders.
nCounter Core Facility
The nCounter Core Facility provides the Heidelberg research community with access to one of the current state-of-the-art expression profiling technologies.
Nikon Imaging Center (NIC)
Located in Bioquant, the major focus of the Nikon Imaging Center is to provide instrumentation for advanced light microscopic imaging with regularly up-dated equipment to researchers on campus.