Research Facilities and Cores
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The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences has two state-of-the-art animal research facilities, a building dedicated to epigenetics research and a facility for neuroscience research.
The Center for Biomedical Research facility located next to Columbia Hall is a state-of-the-art research AALAC approved animal facility.
This 20,000 sq. ft. facility is home to the North Dakota Behavioral Research Core Facility and is equipped with:
- Quarantine room
- Surgical suite (with separate prep, scrub and surgery rooms)
- Diagnostic laboratory
- Barrier and semi-barrier rooms
- Infectious disease rooms
- Isotope rooms
- Behavioral testing rooms
- Autopsy room
- Receiving area
- Two cage cleaning areas
- Numerous other conventional animal rooms
Each room has an anteroom to prevent cross-contamination. The facility also is equipped with self-watering cages, a water purification system, a water acidification system and water flushing system, as well as a bedding and changing area within a hood in each room.
Excellent part-time and 24hr on-call veterinary supervision and care is assured.
A 4,823 square-foot satellite vivarium was built in 2016 and is located in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
The Center for Biomedical Research 2 is designed to act as a complement to the main vivarium on campus. A garage space adjacent to the satellite vivarium is available for animal transfer between the facilities. All food and water provided to the animals comes from the main vivarium to ensure continuity of care to the animals.
Satellite Vivarium Rooms
Every sink in the satellite vivarium has an eye wash. There is an eye wash safety shower and fire extinguisher in the common corridor for emergency use.
Rooms used for research include:
- Holding rooms (two for mice and one for rats) contain a stainless steel sink area, two double sided cage racks of disposable cages and a changing station for moving animals between clean and dirty cages.
- Two procedure rooms are equipped with a stainless steel sink area, a work surface and a biosafety cabinet.
- The behavioral suite consists of four individual lab spaces with light tight doors. Two have curtains, a sink, and work area while the other two are without curtains.
- The infection suite has secured access into an ante chamber and two infectious holding rooms, one bacterial and one viral. Changing stations have biosafety cabinets for additional protection for the users.
- Office area for records
- Rest room
- Utility room
- Storage rooms for food, clean supplies, vivarium waste and dirty cages waiting for pick up
Built for Durability and Cleanliness
The finishes in the satellite vivarium are selected for durability and cleanliness.
- The floor is of poured epoxy over solid concrete.
- The walls are concrete block and finished with epoxy paint.
- Ceilings are gypsum board with all necessary access panels located in the corridor for easy access.
- All casework and crash rail is stainless steel.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences Epigenetics Group is located in the Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility. Opened in 1994, this structure provides about 90,000 square feet of laboratory and office space. The 5,500-square-foot first floor of the facility was renovated in 2015 to accommodate the epigenetics research.
The Neuroscience Research Facility helps investigators develop expertise in multidisciplinary approaches toward the understanding of brain function.
The Facility is research-oriented involving faculty from the Biomedical Sciences Department. The Facility building is located on the UND campus adjacent to Columbia Hall. This building is approximately 14,000 sq. ft. and provides ten laboratories and office space as well as a conference/seminar room, atrium, and dining area for UND researchers engaged in the study of neurological disease and treatment.
It is a highly interactive environment with shared space, equipment, combined lab meetings/seminars and very collegial with abundant opportunities for collaborative projects.
Research Core Facilities
Our research cores offer a wide variety of services, ranging from behavior research to high resolution electron microscopy. Through these diverse resources, we provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation, technical expertise and training and education all designed to support innovative research.
Contact us to learn more about our core facilities:
- Behavior Research Core, Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, Ph.D., 701.777.2559, kumi.combs@UND.edu
- Flow Cytometry & Cell Sorter Core, David Bradley, Ph.D., 701.777.2610, david.bradley@UND.edu
- Genomics Core, Sergei Nechaev, 701.777.2566, sergei.nechaev@UND.edu
- Histology Core, John Watt, Ph.D., 701.777.6225, john.watt@UND.edu
- Human & Imaging Core, Bryon Grove, Ph.D., 701.777.2579, bryon.grove@UND.edu
- Mass Spectrometry, Mikhail Golovko, Ph.D., 701.777.2305, mikhail.golovko@UND.edu
- Microscopy Core, Van Doze, Ph.D., 701.777.6222, van.doze@UND.edu
- Proteomics, John Shabb, Ph.D., 701.777.4946, john.shabb@UND.edu