Locations & Hours
Medical Research Building (MRB) 4.128
About the Tissue Culture Core Facility
The Tissue Culture Core Facility (TCCF, established in 1997) has developed an infrastructure of core services essential for investigators affiliated with clinical and basic science departments and centers at UTMB. The investigators served by the TCCF have research programs that include patho- and immune-biology of BSL-2, -3 and -4 level infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, parasites), as well as a wide range of diseases linked to chronic inflammatory processes, drug abuse, behavioral disorders, and aging and age-associated diseases.
To address research questions at the cellular and molecular levels, investigators are in need of high-quality cell culture systems. Therefore TCCF provides services to monitor the quality of cell cultures (mycoplasma testing), maintain equipment for cell sorting, cryogenic storage of cells, as well as provide technical advice (trouble shooting). A special emphasis is placed on assisting UTMB investigators new to research (e.g., medical and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and beginning research investigators). To serve collaborative research at UTMB, the Core provides essential culture media and supplements for cell/tissue culturing, molecular and immune biology reagents, items for target-gene silencing (cultured cells and animal models) as well as reagents to assess changes in gene expression and efficacy of gene ablation (e.g., polymerase chain reactions). These kit/reagents are from the most reliable sources and purchased in a cost-efficient manner.
Istvan Boldogh, DM&B, PhD
Lab Tech Assistant