Core Laboratories & Services


ANNOUNCEMENT: Georgia Collaborative Cores Agreement Signed

The Georgia Research Alliance, made up of eight universities, have finalized an agreement for the sharing of core research facilities among these institutions.  Scientists at these participating entities will be able to utilize cores from any of the participating universities at that institution's internal rate. See all participating members of the Research Alliance and available Cores.


 

Overview

ZebrafishCores, or Shared Research Resources are institutionally funded and supported research centers that are dedicated to meeting scientists’ research needs. Augusta University's Cores Laboratories and or Shared Research Resources are supported by the Senior Vice President for Research.

Many of the services of Core Labs and Core Services are available by request through the iLab portal.  Additional information can also be found at the Augusta University iLab Page. All AU cores use iLab Solutions Software for scheduling, requesting services and billing.  This system allows online scheduling and request submission, provides real-time progress management, and is fully integrated with AU financial billing systems.

The AU Cores and Shared Research Resources are available for all faculty, staff and students, as well as for our colleagues at other universities. Many of these cores will also provide their services to the private sector. The faculty or staff members identified for each core welcome your inquiries about the use of their facilities.

Core Labs                                         Shared Research Services

*Chemical and Biomolecular Analysis Facility*

The Chemical and Biomolecular Analysis Facility offers services, expertise, and collaboration for the research community at Augusta University, other academic institutions, and for-profit companies.

Our main instrumentation includes high field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), circular dichroism spectrometer (CD), and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES)

Site Link: 
https://www.augusta.edu/research/explore/core/cbaf/index.php 

iLab link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/4019/chemical-and-biomolecular-analysis-facility/?tab=requests

*Electron Microscopy and Histology Core*

 

The Electron Microscopy & Histology Core Laboratory is located in CB 1113 in the Carl Sanders Research and Education building. The Core is supported by the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at Augusta University and user fees. The core is available to all Augusta University affiliated investigators and off-campus investigators.

Site Link: 
http://www.augusta.edu/mcg/cba/emhisto/ 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/3713/electron-microscopy-and-histology-core/?tab=requests 

*Genomics & Proteomics Core Labs*

 

The Genomics Core Laboratory (GCL) at the Augusta University is a multi-functional molecular biology resource facility directed through the Center of Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine. Services are available to all campus investigators, students and incubator tenants, as well as off-campus users. 

Site Link: 
http://www.augusta.edu/core/labs/mbgcf/ 
http://www.augusta.edu/core/labs/pmscf/ 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/3885/genomics-proteomics-core-labs/?tab=requests

*Georgia Cancer Center - Integrated Genomics and High Performance Computer (HPC) Server*

 

The Integrated Genomics Shared Resource in the Georgia Cancer Center house a complete Illumina NextGen Sequencing Facility including both HiSeq and MiSeq instruments. Expertise for performing DNA-Seq, RNA-Seq, Chip-Seq, Methyl-Seq and targeted re-sequencing is available. Microarray resources include Affymetrix ® and Agilent ® Scanner Platforms that facilitate exon-specific, oligonucleotide and genome-wide arrays. Bioinformatic support is available for data analysis for both sequencing and microarray data. 

Site Link:
http://www.augusta.edu/cancer/research/shared-resources/genomics/index.php 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/4059/georgia-cancer-center-integrated-genomics/?tab=about

*Georgia Cancer Center - Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility*

 

Proteomics and Metabolomics, a part of system biology, is fundamental for a full understanding of a biological system including a metabolic process or disease state, and has received considerable attention since the sequencing of the human genome.  Mass spectrometry based technologies have been indispensable to the development of molecular medicine. Clinical research can also benefit from proteomics and metabolomics by both the identification of new drug targets and the development of new diagnostic markers.

 Mission:

  • Offer state of the art proteomics and metabolomics service to Georgia Cancer Center Investigators
  • Assist in the analysis of data resulting from investigations into the metabolome or proteome
  • Assist in the writing of grants or manuscripts involving proteomics or metabolomics

Site Link:
https://www.augusta.edu/cancer/research/shared-resources/proteomics/index.php 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/4058/georgia-cancer-center-proteomics-and-metabolomics-facility/?tab=about 

*Georgia Cancer Center - Flow Cytometry Core Facility*

This shared resource provides  access to flow cytometers, support equipment, and associated software and services. Our instrumentation affords the ability to perform almost every published flow cytometry protocol.

Site Link: http://www.augusta.edu/cancer/research/shared-resources/flow/index.php

iLab Link: 
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/4007/georgia-cancer-center-flow-cytometry-core-facility/?tab=equipment 

*Georgia Cancer Center - Immune Monitoring Resource*

 

The main objective of the core is to provide standardized immune-based assays, to develop, optimize, and validate new technologies, and to support efforts in the areas of human and animal immunology and immunotherapy.

The IMSR works closely with the Flow Cytometry Core, the Integrated Genomic Shared Resources, and the Tumor Tissue and Serum Repository at the Georgia Cancer Center.

Site Link:
http://www.augusta.edu/cancer/research/shared-resources/immune-monitoring/index.php 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/4365/immune-monitoring-shared-resources/?tab=requests

*Georgia Cancer Center - Small Animal Imaging Resource*

 

Small Animal Imaging has been commissioned to provide a wide range of imaging and radiation treatment resource for animal research. The preclinical services are translational in operation while remaining cutting edge in the advancement of basic research. The services are available to the Augusta University Research Enterprise and other outside scientific investigators.

Site Link: 
http://www.augusta.edu/cancer/research/shared-resources/smallanimal/index.php  

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/4057/core-imaging-facility-for-small-animals-cifsa/?tab=about 

*Imaging Core Facility*

The Cell Imaging Core Laboratory provides expert technical assistance and instrumentation in support of investigators. The Core also educates graduate students in the basic principles of imaging.

Site Link:
http://www.augusta.edu/mcg/cba/cic/ 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/3646/imaging-core-facility/?tab=equipment 

*Small Animal Behavior Core*

The Small Animal Behavior Core (SABC) at Augusta University is a state-of-the art facility designed to serve as a time-efficient and cost-effective service for researchers in need of behavioral analyses in small animals (specifically, mice and rats). The Core provides expertise in all aspects related to the design and implementation of behavioral experiments as well as data analysis and interpretation.  

Site Link:
http://www.augusta.edu/research/explore/core/labs/sabc/
iLab Link:
 https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/3721/small-animal-behavior-core/?tab=requests 

*Division of Laboratory Animal Service*

The Division of Laboratory Animal Services maintains a centralized animal care program with administrative management of 6 on-campus and 1 off-campus animal facilities. The animal facility and use program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), a Registered Research Facility with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA No. 57-R-0002), and has an Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Assurance number. 

Site Link:
http://www.augusta.edu/research/animal/ 

*Research Support Center - Biostatistics*

The mission of our biostatistics program is to advance knowledge in the fields of biostatistics, and to provide leadership and scholarship in research, teaching and mentoring, for the advancement of biomedical science and improvement of human health. We play a vital role in the education mission and the multidisciplinary and translational research mission of Augusta University, crossing the boundaries of academic colleges.

Site Link:
https://www.augusta.edu/mcg/dphs/biostats/ 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/3680/research-support-center-biostatistics/?tab=requests 

*Central Supply Services*

Central Supply Services (CSS) is a section of Research and Education Services in the Medical College of Georgia. It is a campus facility providing sterilization, preparation and distribution of laboratory supplies and materials.

Site Link:
http://www.augusta.edu/mcg/research/css.php

*Research Development Services*

Research Development Services (RDS) provides support for obtaining approval for use of AU Medical Center, Clinics, Ancillary Services, Medical Records, and Patients (recruited from or using these services) that will be used during the conduct of a research study. 

Site Link:
http://www.augusta.edu/research/explore/human-research-program/rds/index.php 

*Clinical Trials Office*

The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) serves as the initial point of contact and centralized coordinating office for all clinical research conducted within the Augusta University Health System.  Its mission is to facilitate clinical research by providing quality services, solutions, innovative leadership, the promotion of collaboration, and continuous quality improvement.  Its operation is based upon a comprehensive “One Stop Shop” concept for investigators and sponsors. The clinical trials office provides oversight and management of clinical studies.

Site Link:
https://www.augusta.edu/research/explore/human-research-program/clinical-trials/index.php 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/3716/clinical-trials-office/?tab=services 

*Lab Equipment Services*

Laboratory Equipment Services (LES) is a Section of Research and Education Services in the Medical College of Georgia. It is an on-site facility providing quality, low cost laboratory equipment repair, preventive maintenance and biological safety cabinet certifications by certified technicians.

Site Link:
http://www.augusta.edu/mcg/research/les.php 

*Institutional Review Board (IRB)*

 

THE MISSION AND GOALS OF THE IRB OFFICE ARE:To ensure the research goals of the enterprise are met ensuring compliance and protection of human subjects involved in research.  To serve as the central contact for facilitating the goals of the Enterprise Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)

THE IRB OFFICE PROVIDES:

  • Administrative support for the internal IRBs and a liaison for the external IRBs
  • Monitoring and oversight for all IRB approved studies
  • Education and training for human research investigators, staff, and IRB members 

Site Link:
https://www.augusta.edu/research/explore/human-research-program/irboffice/index.php 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/4363/irb/?tab=requests 

*Clinical Research Pharmacy*

 

 The AU Medical Center pharmacy has been assigned responsibility for study medication receipt, storage, dispensing, accountability and record-keeping for all human subject research on campus.

Site Link: 
https://www.augusta.edu/research/explore/human-research-program/clinical-research-pharmacy/index.php 

iLab Link:
https://augusta.corefacilities.org/sc/4008/clinical-research-pharmacy/?tab=requests