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Facilities at the CUNY ASRC

The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center provides sophisticated equipment and staff support to researchers at the ASRC and from across CUNY. These resources will also be made available for a fee to external collaborators. High-end core facilities and instrumentation in the ASRC, never before available at CUNY, will allow scientists to expand the scope and scale of their research endeavors.

The core facilities include a Clean Room/NanoFabrication Facility, Imaging facilities, Visualization Room, and a Rooftop Observatory. Please see below for further information on the equipment housed at the CUNY ASRC and how to become a user.

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The NanoFabrication Facility hosts a comprehensive toolset to develop micro- and nanoscale devices, such as integrated circuits, nanophotonic and solid state devices, micro- electromechanical systems, and microfluidic systems. In addition to offering sophisticated instrumentation for device fabrication, the facility maintains several material characterization tools and back-end equipment for device prototyping.

The NanoFab comprises 5,000 ft2 of class 100, 1,000 and 10,000 cleanroom space. Major instrumentation includes: a 100 kV high-resolution e-beam lithography system; a field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM); chlorine and fluorine based inductively coupled plasma etchers; and metal and dielectric deposition systems.

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The Imaging Facility currently hosts cutting-edge microscopy instrumentation including transmission electron microscopes with cryo capabilities (cryoTEM, S/TEM), as well as a scanning electron microscope with focused ion beam functionality (SEM/FIB) and a super-resolution confocal stimulated emission depletion microscope (STED).

The facility allows for advanced imaging of materials and biological samples, including semi-automated data collection for single particle 3D reconstruction, chemical mapping by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX), live cell imaging, and advanced FIB applications.

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The Surface Science Facility offers access and services to state-of-the-art surface analysis instrumentation including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and thermochemical nanolithography (TCNL).

With a range of sample preparation chambers, hardware configurations, and in-house expertise, researchers in the physical sciences have the capability to prepare and analyze a variety of different sample types, including immobilized biological, organic, inorganic, and mixed composition samples.

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The Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility features three state-of-the-art Bruker AVANCE III HD NMR spectrometers operating at 600, 700, and 800 MHz suitable for the full complement of biomolecular NMR studies on proteins, nucleic acids and other biomolecules to shed light on their structural, dynamical and binding properties.

All three spectrometers are equipped with either cryogenically-cooled and room temperature probes offering a wide range of 1H, 13C, 15N, 19F, 31P, and 2H solution NMR capabilities, plus a broadband (multinuclear) solid-state probe for use on the 600 MHz spectrometer.

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The Mass Spectrometry Facility gives researchers access to cutting-edge instrumentation to explore several orders of magnitude, with the dynamic range of both instruments ensuring highly sensitive measurements at sufficient speed.

With MALDI-TOF and QTOF technology, scientists will be able to measure mass and molecular formulas quickly and accurately. Applications include intact protein identification and characterization, analysis of inorganic/organic molecules, synthetic polymers, dendrimers, peptide mixtures, oligonucleotides, and carbohydrates.

In addition to on-site testing, researchers will also be able to submit samples for analysis.

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The Photonics Spectroscopy Facility (PSF) is a shared-user facility, offering several lasers, light sources, measurement equipment, optics, and mechanical hardware to support Photonics research. A laboratory support room is available with mechanical tools, enabling users to create faster experimental setups. 

The lab is equipped with a fume extraction cabinet, four gas lines: one low vacuum, one compressed air, and two lines of Nitrogen and/or Argon. The facility also maintains several photonics-related software packages, along with a high-performance computing cluster for computational work.

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The Live Imaging and Bioenergetics Facility at the CUNY ASRC will house three core instruments: 1) Zeiss LSM880 upright two photon confocal microscope with Airyscan and FAST model, 2) LSM880 inverted live cell imaging confocal microscope with Airyscan and FAST model, and 3) Agilent Seahorse XFe24 live cell metabolic analyzer.

The supported applications include: in vivo imaging of live animals, deep imaging of fixed CLARITY tissues, Calcium imaging, photo switching and photo uncaging, Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP), Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET), laser ablation, long term live cell imaging with high-resolution optical sectioning, and measuring mitochondrial respiration and glycolysis in live cells in real time. The facility will also provide advanced imaging analysis software Imaris for data processing.

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The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility will provide investigators with a state-of-the-art research environment, at the heart of which will be a 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma scanner equipped with 80 mT/m gradients and an all digital RF transmit/receive system with 64 independent channels.  The MRI Facility will also include:  MR compatible EEG; eye-tracking capabilities; back projection, LCD screen, and goggles for visual stimulation; physiological monitoring of:  cardiac, respiratory, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and perspiration signals; active noise cancelling headphones; an array of response boxes for fMRI experiments; and a mock scanner with identical response and stimulation equipment to help users prepare and participants train for their MRI studies.  The MRI Facility will be a vital resource for research in the areas of:  neuroscience, cognitive science, clinical research, pediatric developmental, aging, and disease.

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The Epigenetics Core Facilities provide an array of state-of-the-art epigenetics research resources and services that include: automated single cell isolation and subsequence nucleic acid extraction, quantitative gene expression analysis with special expertise in low input amount, DNA/chromatin extraction and fragmentation and protein-nucleic acid association (ChIP) from tissue and enriched population, next generation sequencing library preparation (RNA-seq and ChIP-seq) and quality control check. The Core also houses a sophisticated flow cytometry cell sorter that is equipped with 4 lasers and capable of detecting up to 11 colors. The sorter allows automated cytofluorimetric analysis and the sterile sorting of specific cell types.

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The Advanced Science Research Center’s Comparative Medicine Unit (CMU) is a 20,000 square foot facility and core service unit that is responsible for supporting the humane care and use of laboratory animals used in the research and teaching missions of the five ASRC initiatives—Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences—and their collaborators within CUNY and without. The CMU maintains exemplary standards of animal care by adhering to the highest standards of animal care through its maintenance of an assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. It is a United State Department of Agriculture registered research facility.

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