Midwestern University Core Facility - Downers Grove

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The Midwestern University Core Facility houses state-of-the-art instrumentation that is available to any MWU faculty, staff, or student researcher. This shared equipment laboratory space is located in Science Hall on the Downers Grove campus.  It is actively funded by Midwestern University to support research, foster collaborative projects, drive scientific innovation and engage our community by hosting STEM educational programs. 

The Midwestern University Core Facility has a wide range of equipment, with strengths in histology, imaging, and molecular and analytical biology. Our histological processing instrumentation includes an automated tissue processor, embedding station, and microtome.  Users have access to  a high-speed, fully automated inverted fluorescence microscope, a laser scanning confocal microscope, and a scanning electron microscope.  Our comprehensive suite of flow cytometry instrumentation includes a sensitive, high-throughput analytical flow cytometer, a cell sorter and an imaging flow cytometer.  In addition, we have a liquid chromatography mass spectrometer, a hand-held 3D scanner, and a high-throughput multiplex plate reader.  The Core Facility is supervised with faculty oversight and managed by a dedicated technician.  Midwestern University has demonstrated its strong dedication to research by continuously adding to the Core Facility to strategically complement our existing instrumentation and adapt to the changing needs of our research community.

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Available Instrumentation

Imaging Equipment

Nikon A1R Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope

Nikon Eclipse Ti2-E Inverted Fluorescence Microscope

  • Tokai HIT Live Cell Incubation Chamber
  • Eppendorf Injectman and Femtojet Microinjection System
  • WPI SU-P1000 Next Generation Micropipette Puller

JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope

  • Leica EM CPD300 Critical Point Dryer
  • Leica EM ACE600 High Vacuum Coater

Artec Space Spider 3D Scanner

Molecular and Analytical Equipment

Beckman Coulter CytoFLEX Flow Cytometer

Amnis FlowSight Imaging Flow Cytometer

Bio-Rad S3e Cell Sorter

PerkinElmer EnSpire Plate Reader with TRF module

Eppendorf 5920R Refrigerated Centrifuge

Agilent 6420 Triple Quad LC/MS with 1260 Infinity Multisampler

IDEXX Catalyst One Blood Chemistry Analyzer

Agilent Seahorse XFe24 Cellular Metabolic Analyzer

Histology Equipment

Sakura Tissue-Tek VIP 5 Tissue Processor 

Thermo Scientific Microm HM325 Rotary Microtome

Sakura Tissue-Tek TEC Paraffin Embedding Station

Animal Physiology Equipment

Bioseb Grip Strength Test

Panlab Mouse Rotarod

Computational Equipment

Dell XPS Data Analysis Workstation

  • Wacom Cintiq Pro 13" monitor with Wacom Pro Smart Pen
  • Available Software: Photoshop, Image J, Kaluza, FCS Express, CytExpert, Nikon Elements, Artec Studio13

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