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CU Anschutz Medical Campus in RC2 Building Laboratory

Approximately 7,200 square feet of laboratory space is available to the Department of Surgery.  This space is located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is located in the newly constructed Research Complex 2.  The Department of Surgery Research Laboratories comprise 4 main labs for biochemical, immunologic, and animal research with a separate 150 square foot microscope room which house two confocal microscopes: A Leica DRM mechanized fluorescence microscope, equipped with a movable stage with a custom Zeiss 63X water immersion lens, four epi-fluorescence cubes (FITC, Cy-3, Cy-5, and AMCA), a cooled CCD camera, and SlidebookTM software for efficient imaging and computer operations. The second digital microscope is an "inverted" Zeiss with similar software and greater resolution, it is much easier to perfomr FRET analyses on this microscope. There are adequate CD burners and computer stations for all operators to perform and store the digital images.  In addition to the laboratory space, there are also dedicated cold rooms, tissue culture facilities, histology lab, microscopy, perfusion lab and a dark room.


Animal work will take place in the vivarium of the CU Anschutz and the Denver Health laboratory (see below).  The CU Anschutz vivarium is a state-of-the-art facility to conduct research using any type of animal.  It is a locked facility with access available only to those approved for entry.  There are designated areas for mouse work which includes bench and hood areas as well as isolated housing. Veterinarian and technician support is available onsite; the care staff is supervised by LATg-certified management and is under the direction of 2 full-time veterinarians and one part-time veterinarian.  The facility is fully AAALAC accredited, USDA registered and conforms to the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.


The Trauma Research Center is supported by a number of dedicated Cores on Campus.


Available CU Anschutz Medical Campus Core Facilities


Collaborative laboratory:

Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Core

 - Mass Spectrometry - Robert Murphy, PhD

 - Proteomics - Kirk Hansen, PhD