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2020 Core Facilities Service Excellence Awards

August 18, 2020

Core Facilities Administration is pleased to announce the Office for Research’s 11th annual Core Facilities Service Excellence Awards. The selection of award recipients was based upon information provided in 2020 annual reports as well as other considerations pertaining to the operation of facilities during the past year.  In recognition of their achievement, each awarded core will receive a commemorative plaque and acknowledgment on the CFA website.  Details on the annual reporting process and scoring criteria can be found here.  Awardees typically score as Outstanding or Excellent in at least five of the eight categories that Core Facilities Administration uses to evaluate cores.

2020 Awardees

Analytical bioNanoTechnology Equipment CoreNorthwestern Proteomics Center of Excellence Core Facility
Biological Imaging FacilityNU Laser and Electronics Design Core
Biostatistics Collaboration CenterNUANCE
Center for Advanced Microscopy/Nikon Imaging CenterNUSeq
Center for Advanced Molecular ImagingPeptide Synthesis Core
Center for Translational Imaging - CardiovascularPulsed Laser Deposition Facility
Center for Translational Imaging - NeuroQuantitative Bio-element Imaging Center
ChemCoreReactor Engineering and Catalyst Testing Core
CTC Microsurgery CoreRecombinant Protein Production Core
DND-CATRHLCCC - Flow Cytometry Core
High Throughput Analysis LabRHLCCC Pathology Core
Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research CenterSBDRC
Keck Biophysics Facility

Congratulations to all of the winners with special congratulations to NU-LED, Pulsed Laser Deposition, and rPPC as first time award recipients.

The Protein Whisperer

July 14, 2020

The Protein Whisperer


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Northwestern Chemistry of Life Processes Institute


As research laboratories on campuses across the US slowed down in March in response to stay-at-home orders, Northwestern’s Recombinant Protein Production Core (rPPC), a Chemistry of Life Processes Institute-affiliated core facility, was running at full speed.


Northwestern, Argonne, and Leading Research Universities to Launch National Resource to Unlock the Role of Metals in Human Health

June 29, 2020


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Northwestern Now
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CFaD Program Helps Cores Innovate

January 30, 2020

Core facilities frequently struggle to innovate, since effort funded through recharge activities must support delivering services and cannot be used to develop new service lines. This means that cores with very high recoveries have limited ability to develop new service lines, even when relatively small investments are needed to conduct proof of concept experiments needed to bring new services online. This problem is especially acute when these proof-of-concept experiments are needed to demonstrate capabilities for individual PI grants.

The Core Facilities Administration created the Core Facilities Development Grant Program (CFaD) to bridge this gap — and has already helped jumpstart efforts to enhance some Cores.

For example, the Center for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) and Mouse Histology and Pathology Laboratory (MHPL) used this program to develop new service lines to prepare thicker, sectioned tissue for analysis by light sheet microscopy through a process called clearing, where materials that scatter light are selectively removed. The Kalb group used this process to to compare the spatial distribution of premotor interneurons of the spinal cord between a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy SMNΔ7 and wildtype littermates as part of a recent proposal.

According to Constadina Arvanitis, CAM facility manager: “This technology is very dependent on the core-to-core workflow between the MHPL and CAM. With this development grant, in addition to investigators being introduced to the technology, CAM and the MHPL could better develop the workflow of incoming clearing projects. This core-to-core interaction has by far increased the support we give to PI labs.

The data generated under the program has led to more than 10 single investigator grants and is increasing utilization and sustainability for Office for Research cores. Learn more about CFaD here, or contact a member of the Core Facilities team.