Core Facilities


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln operates the Center for Biotechnology, in the Beadle Center, which provides researchers with access to a wide range of large or sophisticated instrumentation. Core facilities specific to this application are the Protein Core Facility, the Microscopy Core Facility, the Flow Cytometry Core Facility, the Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Nebraska Center for Mass Spectrometry.

The Genomics Core Research Facility is located in UNL's Center for Biotechnology. They provide Illumina/Solexa next generation sequencing and Affymetrix GeneChip DNA microarray services. They also maintain several multi-user imaging systems such as the UVP EPI Chemi II Darkroom, the BioRad Personal Molecular Imager FX and the BioRad iCycler iQ Real Time PCR system. 
The protein core facility, in the Beadle Center, provides standard services related to state-of-the-art protein and peptide analyses including proteomic services, high resolution 2-D gel electrophoresis, imaging, spot picking and digestion, protein sequencing (performed on an ABI Procise-494 automated sequencer), peptide synthesis (performed on an ABI-Pioneer synthesizer. The core facility will also aid in the design, synthesis and conjugation of peptides that can be used as immunogens, substrates or standards, and protein purification.
The microscopy core facility provides instrumentation as well as offering consultation services in technical assistance and operation of instruments, data analysis and interpretation of results. The facility houses a variety of microscopes including advanced fluorescence microscopes (confocal, inverted, upright, stereo) and electron microscopes (transmission, variable pressure scanning, field emission scanning). The wide range of instrumentation permits a variety of studies to be conducted such as advanced immunofluorescence and histochemical analysis of proteins in animal and plant cells, and bacterial and viral pathogenesis; live cell imaging; and morphological, ultrastructural and topographic analysis in biological and chemical materials.

The bioinformatics core facility provides computational support for molecular biology, genomics, proteomics and other biology related disciplines. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art high performance computer hardware, specialized software, and advanced database systems. The facility provides consultation in experimental design, data analysis, software training and database support services.

The Nebraska Center for Mass Spectrometry is home to six mass spectrometers. These instruments provide a wide range of mass spectrometric analysis. Both low and high resolution data can be obtained in conjunction with electron ionization (EI), and chemical ionization (CI). The Center can also offer electrospray (ESI), matrix-assisted laser desorption (MALDI), and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS).


UNMC facilities are housed in various departments throughout the campus. Many of them are funded by the Nebraska Research Initiative and partially maintained by a fee for service. The facilities are reviewed periodically and support is redistributed and new cores developed as new technologies change.

Advanced Microscopy Core Facility

The Advanced Microscopy Core Facility combines the the Live Cell Microscopy Facilities located in Lincoln and Omaha together with the confocal and super-resolution microscopy systems located in the Durham Research Center I building.  The live cell microscopy systems are located at the College of Dentistry in Lincoln provides a humidity- and CO2 -controlled growth chamber and Intelligent Imaging Innovations software for collecting images. This system includes digital de-convolution, 3D rendering and lasers for FRAP analysis of protein turnover. This microscope is available for use by investigators at UNL or the COD. A second Live Cell microscope is housed in the Eppley Institute. This instrumentation is available to investigators in Omaha (UNMC and Creighton), and provides a humidity- and CO2 -controlled growth chamber and Intelligent Imaging Innovations software for collecting images, spinning disc confocal, digital de-convolution, 3D rendering and lasers for FRAP analysis of protein turnover. For more information or to schedule imaging, please contact the director: Jim Wahl, Ph.D. at 402-472-1324 orjwahl@unmc.edu.

The UNMC Advanced Microscopy Core Facility Directed by Dr. Steve Caplan has recently obtained a Zeiss ELYRA PS.1 Super-resolution Microscope for SIM, TIRF, PALM and dSTORM microscopy, along with a workstation for processing data. This system will allow 3-D SIM and provide ~100 nm resolution on the lateral axis with about ~300 nm resolution axially, about 3-fold better than confocal resolution. There are 4 laser lines, several lenses and two separate cameras (for SIM and PALM/dSTORM, respectively). PALM will allow resolution to ~10-20 nm on the x axis and 50 nm axially, whereas dSTORM will provide similar resolution with endogenous proteins using antibody-coupled dyes. 2-channel PALM and STORM is also available for 3-D imaging.  Read policies regarding use of the SIMFor more information or to schedule imaging please contact the facility directly:Advanced Microscopy Core Scheduling

Other UNMC Core Facilities

NCCS members have access to other UNMC core facilities.