Facilities and Resources

Departmental Facilities & Resources

The department maintains a number of facilities and resources for use by researchers. Additional information is available on the respective websites and further down on this page.
Protein Core Facility
A shared-use facility that supports expression, purification, and analysis of research proteins by providing an array of instrumentation and consultation on strategies for protein production from small to large scale.

The Facility is managed by Dave Wood, Ph.D. (314-977-9220; dwood12@slu.edu).
Genomics Core Facility
A full-service facility that provides investigators with a variety of options for whole genome analysis via microarrays, high-throughput screening, immunoprecipitation, and sequencing strategies.

The Facility is managed by Dale Dorsett, Ph.D. (314-977-9218; dorsettd@slu.edu) and Kathie Mihindukulasuriya, Ph.D. (314-977-9252; kkunz1@slu.edu).
High Performance Computing
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology maintains a wide variety of computing resources. These range from network and backup services to state-of-the-art high performance computing.

The most recent addition to the department is the Gemini Computing Cluster that leverages modern technologies such as GPU computing capabilities.

The cluster consists of 344 CPU cores, 80 GPUs and 1.3 TB of aggregate RAM, providing 135 TFLOPs peak computing power.
X-ray Facility
A state-of-the-art X-ray facility is available to researchers in the department for the collection of high-resolution data on macromolecular samples. The facility has a 0.8 kW MM007 Rigaku generator with VHF optics interfaced to an R-Axis IV++ imaging plate system and a 1.2 kW MM007HF Rigaku generator with VHF optics double ported with two R-Axis IV++ imaging plate systems. A Phoenix robotic instrumentation from Art Robbins Instruments is available for the preparation, screening and imaging of crystals.

The Facility is managed by Sergey Korolev, Ph.D. (314-977-9261; korolevs@slu.edu).
NMR Facility
The Department of Chemistry houses an NMR facility, which is available to all researchers at SLU. The facility has a multi-nuclear Bruker spectrometer with the field strength of 16.4 Tesla, as well as a newly-installed Bruker Avance HDTM 700MHz NMR spectrometer. These instruments can be used to determine the structures of organic molecules and biomolecules, and can also be used in other dynamic studies.

The Facility is located in Shannon Hall and is managed by the Department of Chemistry.
Olympus cellTIRF-4
The Olympus cellTIRF-4 Line system allows ultra-sensitive, simultaneous multicolor Total Internal Reflection (TIRF) using four laser channels with independent beam paths. This inverted microscope-based system with cellTIRF laser illumination (491 nm, 561nm, and 640 nm) allows through-objective TIRF with software control of the depth of evanescent field, allowing the user to produce high-contrast images with minimal background noise for cell surface and single molecule studies.

An Andor IXON Ultra897 EMCCD camera and QV2 four-channel image splitter allow simultaneous recording of up to four color images of immobilized single molecules at up to 52 frames per second. Fast (1 ms) switching between lasers allows interrogating immobilized molecules with alternating two excitation wavelengths.

The Olympus cellTIRF4-Line system is managed by Tomasz Heyduk, Ph.D. (314-977-9238; heydukt@slu.edu).
MicroTime 200
The MicroTime 200 is a time-resolved confocal microscope with unique single molecule sensitivity. It includes an Olympus X71 inverted microscope-based system with 488, 532, and 640 nm picosecond pulsed lasers, four detection channels, and a piezo xyz scanner. Emission can be split according to color or polarization.

Typical uses of this instrument are for single molecule FRET, including Pulsed Interleaved Excitation, FRET, FCS, FCCS, FLCS, TCSPC histogram, and photon-counting histogram. Additional analyses are possible for freely diffusing molecules as well as imaging measurement analyses are possible: Time-gated Fluorescence Intensity Imaging, Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging, FLIM-FRET, Intensity FRET, and Anisotropy imaging.

The MicroTime 200 is managed by Nicola Pozzi, Ph.D. (314-977-9259; npozzi@slu.edu).
The Bioinformatics Facility offers complete analysis of high-throughput expression data, including gene ontology enrichment analysis. We also offer next-generation genomic sequence assembly and variant analysis. We maintain an in-house MASCOT database for peptide mass searches, NCBI BLAST for custom database searching, and HMMer for protein domain searches. Custom script development is available for automation of protein and DNA sequence analysis. We have access to a state-of-the-art high performance-computing cluster maintained by the Biochemistry HPC core.

The Facility is managed by Maureen Donlin, Ph.D. (314-977-8858; donlinmj@slu.edu).
Lipidomics Core Facility
The Lipidomics Core Facility, operated by the department and the Center for Cardiovascular Research at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is a University resource located in the Doisy Research Center. The Facility focuses on small molecule identification and quantification by mass spectrometry.

Instrumentation in this Core includes a Thermo Electron Surveyor LC and Quantum Ultra triple quadrupole electrospray ionization mass spectrometer, as well as two HP6890 gas chromatographs with FID detector and HP 5973 MS detector with both electron impact and chemical ionization sources.

The Facility is managed by Dave Ford, Ph.D. (314-977-9264; fordda@slu.edu).
Metabolic Screening Lab
James Shoemaker, M.D., Ph.D., founded the Metabolic Screening Lab in 1989 to use gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to diagnose human metabolic disorders.

The facility now includes an Agilent 5973 Mass Selective Detector (Mass Spec) interfaced with a 6890 gas chromatograph accessed by a 7683 auto-injector and an Agilent 5975 inert Mass Selective Detector (Mass Spec) interfaced with a 6890 gas chromatograph accessed by a 7683 auto-injector, which is operated by an HP Compaq PC. The facility also houses a FISONS MD 800 benchtop GC-MS. Two Hewlett-Packard benchtop GC-MS instruments are also available for use by the department.

The Facility is managed by James Shoemaker, M.D. (314-977-9233; shoemajd@slu.edu) and Tony Thomas (314-977-9230; thomasag@slu.edu).

Other Facilities and Resources

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology