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Core Laboratories at Howard University

This is a summary list of all core laboratories at Howard University . The list includes links to more detailed information, which may also be found using the eagle-i search app.

Biobehavioral Core Laboratory


The Biobehavioral Core Laboratory houses the facilities for clinical exercise physiology and psycho-physiological research. The Clinical Exercise Physiology Research facility is equipped with a Cosmed Quark b2 metabolic cart and Cosmed electrocardiogram (ECG) equipment that is programmed into a Burdick Treadmill. This is used for performing graded exercise tests to assess risk for cardiovascular disease and functional work capacity training. An Ergoline 500 medical ergometer is used for exercise testing when a cycle ergometer is needed. In addition, the laboratory has 3 other treadmills that are used exercise intervention training programs. The Psychophysiology component consists of 3 computers (Dell Desktop Pentium 4, Gateway Pentium 4, and Toshiba Portege Tablet PC Pentium III). One desktop is used for data acquisition, one for data analysis and the third for internet usage. There is a surveillance camera (Security Labs) that is used to monitor participants as they take part in study tasks. To collect impedance cardiograph data, the HIC-2002 Impedance Cardiograph is used along with the COP –Win 5.10 USB version cardiac output program for windows. This equipment is designed to measure a variety of cardiovascular measures (heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, pre-ejection period, left ventricular ejection time, total ejection period, and heather index). The Dinamap Vital Signs Monitor (Model 1846 SX) is used to assess systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. Lastly, a number of psychological tasks are also included in the lab such as the Automatic Mirror Tracer (Model 5403), the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (3 rd Edition Form IIIA and Form IIIB) and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task for Windows.

Biostatistics Core


The Biostatistics Core is a resource for Howard University Cancer Center (HUCC) that provides statistical and computer/data management support services to affiliated members. Members of the Biostatistics Core provide advice in matters of design, randomization, power analysis, data processing, quality control, database development and management and statistical analysis in clinical and population based studies. The Biostatistics Core aims at excellence in biostatistical and methodological issues related to cancer studies and to advocate proper use of statistics, data monitoring and data analysis.

Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB)


Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB) Laboratory of Molecular Computations and Bioinformatics (LMCB) is a resource facility dedicated to the support of computational biomedical research at Howard University. The objective of the laboratory is to provide molecular modeling, molecular dynamics, bioinformatics, and computational quantum chemistry capabilities and support to a variety of research projects at Howard University.

Flow Cytometry Core


The goals of this Core Facility are to provide flow cytometry services for Howard University’s research investigators, and develop new applications.

Howard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Facility


Howard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Facility (HNF) occupies a specially renovated wing on the first floor of the Engineering Building.The five large laboratories cover ~6000 sq. ft. of space and the HNF has about 2000 sq ft of contiguous office space. The HNF is an established centralized user facility containing over $17M of micro- and nano fabrication and characterization equipment, accessible by external and internal academic, government and industrial users. Currently, HNF has integrated facilities in the following categories:

Lithography Facilities
Nanofabrication Facilities
Plasma Etching / Deposition Facilities
CVD Deposition Facilities (SiC,GaN)
Nanomembrane Facilities
Characterization Facilities
Computer Facilities
Societal and Ethical Issues

Imaging Core Facility: Molecular Imaging Laboratory


The Molecular Imaging Laboratory’s research focuses on small animal in vivo imaging using MRI, and optical fluorescent and bioluminescent imaging. In particular, we are interested in using molecular imaging techniques to study mechanisms of image contrast enhancement, improvement of sensitivity and specificity of tumor detection, and applications of diagnostics using small animal disease models.

Molecular Genetics Core


The molecular genetics research interests are in human population genetics, anthropological genetics, immunogenetics, and the genetics of complex diseases. Ultimate goals surround elucidating questions of human variation, the evolutionary history of genes within populations and how these gene histories are involved in the etiology of complex diseases. While the laboratory's research goals have shared consequences for all humanity, specific interests focus on populations of African ancestry.

Operational Objectives:

1. Develop a SNP database for mapping functional mutations linked to diseases common in African peoples.

2. Utilization of evolutionary history of candidate genes to identify polymorphisms that are associated with diseases.

3. Exploit the linkage disquilibrium generated by admixture in the African American population for gene mapping.

RCMI Proteomics Facility


Mission: To use mass spectrometry for studies of infectious and chronic diseases and to promote and facilitate biomedical and translational research at Howard University


To provide modern analytical instrumentation, technical expertise and essential services for biomolecular analysis
To provide a broader training experience for students and faculty in biomolecular analysis through methodology- centered seminars, workshops, mini-courses, and internships
To foster new multidisciplinary research collaborations using modern Proteomics technology

The RCMI Proteomics Core Facility runs several research projects and provides collaborative consolidation of instrumentation, technical expertise, and support personnel to enhance the impact and availability of Mass Spectrometry and other analytical techniques for biological and biomedical science community at Howard University

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