ECDOI Core Facilities

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ECDOI Core Equipment

Interdisciplinary research laboratory

A 25,000 square foot research facility is located on the 4th floor of the East Carolina Heart Institute at 115 Heart Drive in Greenville, NC.


Rodent Metabolism

  • EchoMRI - Measures body composition in terms of fat tissue, lean tissue, free water and total water
  • TSE Metabolic Cages - Rodent metabolic cage system for measuring metabolic parameters like O 2 consumption, CO 2 production, motor activity, food, drink, and running wheel distance.

Gel Imaging

Cell Culture

  • Beckman Coulter Vi-Cell - The Vi-Cell S is a single position cell viability analyzer manufactured by Beckman Coulter.
  • Aerobic chamber - Type C Vinyl Anaerobic Chamber from Coy Laboratory Products
  • CytoFLEX B53011 (Beckman) - This Flow cytometer is an automated instrument that quantitates properties of single cells, one cell at a time. It measure cell size, granularity, and fluorescence. Based on its ability to measure granularity and fluorescence (both intrinsic and from labelling) the flow cytometer can distinguish between different populations of cells as well as the presence/absence/amounts of cell components (DNA, gene expression/RNA, amounts of specific surface receptors, amounts of intracellular proteins, or transient signaling events in living cells.

Mitochondrial Phenotyping

  • Seahorse XF24 Extracellular Analyzer - Non-invasively profiles the physiologic activity of cells in microplates.
  • Seahorse XF e96 Extracellular Analyzer - analyze mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis in live cells in microplates.
  • Horiba FluoroLog - Modular spectrofluorometer.
  • Horiba FluoroMax - Compact spectrofluorometer.
  • Horiba MicroMax - Microwell-plate reader for spectrofluorometer.
  • PTI QM400 (Horiba) Fluorometer
  • PTI QM8075 (Horiba) Fluorimeter - These modular research grade spectrofluorometers are multidimensional systems for photoluminescence measurements. The QM8000 series makes steady state intensity measurements such as wavelength scans, time-based experiments, synchronous scans and polarization.
  • Oroboros Oxygraph-2k- Modular system for high-resolution respirometry in mitochondrial physiology and pathology.

Blood Analysis

  • Beckman Coulter UniCel DxC 600i - Moderate-volume chemistry and immunoassay testing in a single platform.
  • Endo-PAT 2000 Device- Medical device for noninvasive endothelial function assessment.
  • YSI 2300 STAT Plus Glucose/Lactate Analyzer - Fast, accurate glucose and lactate results in whole blood or plasma.
  • Near-Infrared Spectrometer - Non-invasive assessments of mitochondrial capacity using near-infrared spectroscopy.

Biochemical & Molecular Analysis

  • Shimadzu HPLC - High Pressure Liquid Chromatography with fluorescence and UV/Vis detector, autosampler, column oven.
  • Shimadzu GC - Gas Chromatography with autosampler, column oven.
  • Sorvall Super speed Lynx 4000 centrifuge
  • Sorvall WX80 Ultra Centrifuge
  • Nanodrop 1000
  • Luminex MagPix
  • Cytation5 (BioTek) - Cell Imaging, Multi-Mode Reader combines automated digital widefield microscopy with conventional multi-mode microplate reading.
  • QuantStudio 3 (Applied Biosystems) - Real-Time PCR System (96 well, 0.2 ml block)
  • Open SPR (Nicoya) - This Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) benchtop instrument provides high quality, label-free interaction analysis (kinetics, affinity, and specificity) of proteins, antibodies, nucleic acids & small molecules.

Other Equipment

  • Milli-Q water systems
  • Sensaphone - Freezer Monitoring System
  • Cryo Plus 4 (ThermoFisher) - This Cryopreservation system allows for storage of up to ~38,500 vials (2.0mL) in both liquid and vapor phase of nitrogen with the reliability and precision of microprocessor technology.

Fitness Equipment - Located in ECHI 3000

  • Precor TRM 885 - Treadmill
  • Precor EFX 885 - Elliptical cross-trainer
  • Precor EFX 883 - Elliptical cross-trainer
  • Precor AMT 885 - Adaptive motion trainer

Cardiac Stress Testing - Located in ECHI 3000

  • Trackmaster TMX425C - Cardiac stress treadmill.
  • TrueOne 2400 - Compact diagnostic system for resting and exercise metabolic measurement.
  • Quinton Q-Stress - Cardiac stress testing.
  • Quinton TM65 Treadmill - Quinton medical treadmill for stress tests.