In an exciting development for the University of Florida research community, the Cytometry Core at the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, or ICBR, is acquiring the McKnight Brain Institute’s Cell & Tissue Analysis Core, or CTAC. After several fruitful discussions, ICBR and MBI leadership recognized an opportunity to provide even more services to drive research. The transition is underway and will take several months.
Built on the tireless efforts of Ed Scott, Ph.D., a professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, and Doug Smith, CTAC manager, the MBI’s CTAC has grown from a small imaging start-up to a widely reputable core offering unique services for UF researchers. Smith will continue to serve as CTAC’s manager while ICBR will provide support for administrative and management functions. The transition represents the next evolution for CTAC, as it will soon offer services like online calendar scheduling through its integration with ICBR Cytometry.
Likewise, ICBR users will also benefit from the merger, with access to: additional imaging equipment, an additional live cell imaging system, additional animal in vivo imaging equipment, self-service usage for training requests, and a self-service histology lab complete with cryostats and microtomes for frozen and paraffin embedded tissue sectioning.
CTAC will remain in the MBI (Imaging Suite in LG-164 and, Histology Resource Lab in CTAC-HRL), located in close proximity to ICBR Cytometry’s secondary lab in the MBI (L3-160).
Directed by the UF Office of Research, the acquisition will provide greater access to instrumentation and services, while making research approaches even more convenient.