Research Cores

An exceptional asset to cutting-edge research is offered through our core facilities. Each facility is managed by a leading expert in the respective field. Techniques essential for biophysical and biomedical research including analytical ultracentrifugation (Canadian Center for Hydrodynamics, CCH), mass spectrometry (Mass Spectrometry), fluorescence spectroscopy ( BioSpectroscopy Core Research Laboratory, BCRL), thermophoresis (Thermophoresis), and the Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics (CBSD) are available to investigators. Research performed in collaboration with the core facilities can benefit from the well-established expertise and support from helpful staff and bring the latest technology to bear on your project. Graduate students and highly qualified personnel benefit from access to the latest technology and are able to learn important biophysical methods.

Canadian Center for Hydrodynamics
 Image Analytical ultracentrifugation is a gold-standard experimental technology for characterization of diffusion properties of proteins, protein mixtures and protein complexes in solution. The method yields information on the shape and mass of distinct macromolecular species in the sample.

This core facility also provides web and database support for users of the UltraScan software developed by us. You can use our web portal to access data associated with your sedimentation experiments, and share your data with collaborators.
BioSpectroscopy Core Research Laboratory
 Image The BioSpectroscopy Core Research Laboratory (BCRL) features state-of-the-art technologies for time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, single-molecule spectroscopy and fluorescence imaging.

The BCRL provides access to instruments, technologies, and services, as well as expert consultation, and assists with the design and performance of novel experiments, to test and develop specialized spectroscopic devices, to test and develop data analysis methods, and to explore approaches to scientific problems.
Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
 Image The Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics (CBSD) is established at the University of Montana in Missoula. The CBSD is a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE), funded by the National Institutes of General Medical Science from the NIH. The CBSD is a partner organization of the Northwest Biophysics Consortium and facilitates collaboration with researchers in Montana on biophysical research projects.
Mass Spectrometry Core Laboratory
 Image Recent advances in mass spectrometry instrumentation and data analysis have revolutionized the way proteins are identified and quantified in biomedical research. Mass Spectrometry Laboratory offers a wide spectrum of proteomics analysis including 1-D and 2-D electrophoresis, in-gel digestion, robotic gel spot excision, protein identification, sequence characterization of peptides, identification of post-translational modification sites.
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