College of Medicine Cores

The College of Medicine (COM) supports a wide range of shared resources and core facilities designed to advance basic, clinical and translational research. Core facilities are pay-per-use research laboratories or analytical services, which allow investigators access to technologies and services not available in their own laboratories.

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Brain Imaging and Research Centera Philips Achieva 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, a state-of-the-art research scanner that addresses focus issues related to human neuroscience. Natalie Morris, (501) 526-8339.

DNA Damage and Toxicologyprovides expertise, equipment and facilities to perform DNA damage and toxicology studies related to toxic or hypoxic tissue/cell injury in drug development, diseases or aging. In addition to offering standard cytotoxicity assays, the core can measure oxidative damage and quantify levels of apoptosis and necrosis in cells and tissues by using quantitative cytochemistry, immunocytochemistry techniques, and 3-D imaging.

Digital Microscopy Core Laboratoryoperates and maintains computer controlled microscope workstations ranging from light to electron microscopy. We offer advice, training and user support for equipment operation (e.g., 3D SIM, PALM, CLEM, TEM) and sample preparation such as chemical fixation of cell culture and tissue samples. Jeff Kamykowski, (501) 526-7290

Experimental Pathology Core provides a variety of standard pathological stains for histochemical analysis of tissues, including hematoxylin and eosin, special stains, and immunohistochemistry. Jennifer James, (501) 686-8265.

The Flow Cytometry Core Facility provides multiple physical characteristics of individual cells in suspension. It can indicate relative cell size and density or complexity by measuring forward- and side-scattered laser light, respectively, as well as measure relative fluorescence from biomarker probes which bind to specific cell-associated molecules. Andrea Harris, (501) 686-6927.

Genetic Models Coreprovides services related to the production and maintenance of genetically modified mice (e.g., transgenic mice in the C57BL/6 or CB6F1 genetic back-ground) and gene-edited mice using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Joseph Goellner, M.S., 501-940-7264

UAMS DNA and Next Generation Sequencing Core Facility provides researchers with sequencing data via an Applied Biosystems Model 3130XL Genetic Analyzer. We regularly achieve read lengths of 700-900 bases. Jennifer Johnson, (501) 686-6927.

UAMS Proteomics Coreprovides protein characterization by mass spectrometry. This includes identification of unknown proteins, quantitative comparison of proteins in biological samples, and mapping of post-translational protein modifications. Sam Mackintosh, Ph.D., (501) 526-6165.

Molecular Imaging Core – provides comprehensive services for non-invasive imaging with a 7 T Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI).  Michael Borrelli, Ph.D., (501) 526-5897.

UAMS Genomics Coreuses state-of-the-art instrumentation to generate top-quality data with an efficient turn-around time and an affordable cost. A wide range of services are offered, for instance: DNA NGS approaches utilizing Whole Exome Sequencing, Whole Genome Sequencing, and targeted cancer panel approaches. RNA NGS approaches for mRNA and total RNA are also offered. All NGS approaches utilize the latest Illumina technology platforms.

Other UAMS Cores

  • Experimental Radiation Coremaintains and operates sources of ionizing radiation for use by researchers at UAMS. Services offered include training, experiment design advice using radiation, and dosimetry for new experimental setups. Nukhet Aykin-Burns, Ph.D., (501) 603-1375.
  • Ultrasound Imaging Coreoffers non-invasive assessment for cardiovascular, vascular biology and cancer research, including pulse-wave and color Doppler imaging and non-targeted/targeted contrast imaging with MicroMarkers. Marjan Boerma, Ph.D., (501) 686-6599.
  • Biodosimetry Diagnostic Core


ACRI Cores (available to UAMS investigators)