Cores, 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 and through the generous support of the Georgia Research Alliance.
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.
*Campus Flow Cytometry Core Facility*
The Campus Flow Cytometry Core Facility at Augusta University is located on the second floor of the CA building in CA2056 on the Augusta University Health Sciences Campus. The Facility is open to all Augusta University researchers. Outside investigators may use this facility by appointment.
Site Link: http://www.augusta.edu/core/labs/fcc/
*Campus Genomics and Proteomics Core Laboratory*
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.
*Cancer Research Center Flow Cytometry Core Facility*
This Facility provides access to flow cytometers, support equipment, and associated software and services. The equipment affords the ability to perform almost every published flow cytometry protocol.
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.
*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.
*Integrated Genomics Core*
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.
*Small Animal Behavior*
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.
*Small Animal Imaging*
*Transgenic Zebrafish Core*
The Transgenic Zebrafish Core Laboratory functions to facilitate use of zebrafish as a vertebrate model system for basic and biomedical science and comparative genomics. Services, equipment, and resources are available to investigators associated with Augusta University or the University System of Georgia on a fee-for-service basis.
*Chemical and Biomolecular Analysis Facility*
*Immune Monitoring Shared 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.
*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:
Biostatistics plays a vital role in the education mission and the multidisciplinary and translational research mission of Augusta University, crossing the boundaries of academic colleges.
A biostatistician is someone who uses mathematics and statistics to develop methods for study designs and data analysis to advance scientific knowledge in biology, biomedical science and public health, with the ultimate goal of improving human health. Biostatisticians also collaborate with biomedical and public health scientists to design research studies, perform the statistical analyses and draw pertinent information to address research hypotheses, using the evidence gathered from the data.
*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.
*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.
*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.
*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.