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 located in Science Hall on the Downers Grove campus is actively funded by Midwestern University to support research, foster collaborative projects, and drive scientific innovation. The Core Facility is supervised with faculty oversight and managed by a dedicated technician.

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.  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.

Available Instrumentation

Please click here for detailed information about our instruments, policies, and guidelines.

Imaging Equipment

Nikon A1R Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope

Nikon Eclipse Ti2-E Inverted Fluorescence Microscope

JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope

Artec Space Spider 3D Scanner

Sample Preparation

Leica EM CPD300 Critical Point Dryer

Leica EM ACE600 High Vacuum Coater

Eppendorf 5920R Refrigerated Centrifuge

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

Agilent 6420 Triple Quad LC/MS with 1260 Infinity Multisampler

Histology Equipment

Sakura Tissue-Tek VIP 5 Tissue Processor 

Thermo Scientific Microm HM325 Rotary Microtome

Sakura Tissue-Tek TEC Paraffin Embedding Station

Computational Equipment

Dell XPS Data Analysis Workstation

Wacom Cintiq Pro 13" monitor with Wacom Pro Smart Pen

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