Core Facilities

Core facilities provide expert training, scientific resources and equipment that might not otherwise be affordable or accessible. The BRI offers a range of core facilities to ensure that BRI members have access to the most advanced technologies for neuroscience research. For information on UCLA's wide variety of core facilities, click here.

CNSI Imaging Facility

This facility is run by CNSI and offers many cutting edge light imaging technologies.
For more information, please visit the facility website at: http://alms.cnsi.ucla.edu.
For specific questions please contact Dr. Matt Schibler at: alms@cnsi.ucla.edu.

Microscopic Techniques Laboratory

The Microscopic Techniques Laboratory is located in the SEMEL Institute for Neuroscience in room 78-177. This facility can assist you in preparing tissue specimens for light microscopic observation and consult with investigators and their staff on best methodology. The Core provides service and training in various histological procedures. These include immunohistochemistry as well as standard stains like H&E or cresyl violet as well as more specialized stains. The Core facility has setups for paraffin embedding and sectioning, slide preparation for in situ hybridization, cryostat sectioning as well as plastic embedding and sectioning. The laboratory also has a Nikon photomicroscope with a digital camera.  

To use the laboratory and its facilities, you must obtain an Investigator Authorization Form from the Microscopic Techniques Laboratory. For prices, questions, or consultation, please contact Chunni Zhu (Facility Director) at 310-825-9848 or via email at chunnizhu@mednet.ucla.edu.

Reservations for Core equipment may be made here.

Electron Microscopy Core Facility

The Electron Microscopy Core Facility, in the Center for Health Sciences room 63-377, houses a JEOL 100CX transmission electron microscope. A TMC MTX and Reichert Ultracut ultramicrotome are available for use by trained personnel. (NOTE: The facility does not supply diamond knives; you must use your own). The Core provides service, advice, and training in fixation and embedding of specimens, thin sectioning, and use of the electron microscopes (with or without assistance), gold labeling, negative stain, and light microscopy of plastic embedded materials. The facility offers advice on appropriate preparatory procedures and other technical matters. Training and assistance in the use of the electron microscope is also offered.

For prices, questions, or consultation, please contact Chunni Zhu (Facility Director) at 310-825-9848 or via email at chunnizhu@mednet.ucla.edu.

Reservations for Core equipment may be made here.