Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Core Facilities

In addition to the equipment available in their individual laboratories, faculty and trainees in our Department have access to additional equipment and resources that are integrated under a number of core facilities through the Center of Hypertension and Personalized Medicine.

Specifically, the Center for Hypertension and Personalized Medicine manages and provides access to:

Physiological Core, fully equipped for advanced physiological evaluation in rodents, such as: cardiac and vascular functional assessments, blood pressure measurements (tail-cuff and telemetry), renal function, aerobic capacity tests.
For pricing and more information click here: Cardiovascular and Metabolic Phenotyping Services.

Genomic Core, which contains all the necessary equipment for genotyping, functional assays, mutation detection and positional cloning, such as StepOnePlus™ 96-well Real-Time PCR System (AB-biosystem); digital recording system for agarose electrophoretograms (Gel logic-100 imaging system); Applied Biosystems (ABI) 7500Fast qPCR machine and Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, among others.

Bioinformatics Core, which provides the infrastructure for the analysis and visualization of large datasets, with an emphasis on various sequencing data and promotes individual researchers to tap the ever-growing data generated by new research technologies (RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, DNA-Seq, and Methyl-Seq).

Vascular Pathology Core, with a dedicated area of laboratory space fully equipped for animal surgery, dissection, necropsy and cryosectioning.

Lipidomics/Metabolomics Core, which contains state-of-the-art equipment (High Performance Liquid Chromatographs and Mass Spectrometers; Single Quadrupole and Ion Trap GC/MS, High Resolution Q-TOF and Orbitraps, Triple Quadrupoles and Quadrupole Ion Traps) that provides the necessary chromatographic resolution to optimize sensitivity and specificity for the identification of disease pertinent bio-markers and drug metabolites.

Biochemical Core, which contains all the standard equipment necessary for all biochemical analysis from tissue/cell culture samples.

Microbiome Core,  which is equipped with an Illumina MiSeq next generation sequencer that can generate 15 Giga bases and enables pooling of 96 samples in a library for metagenomics analysis. The core provides 16S metagenomics services for internal and external users, including DNA extraction, library preparation, sequencing and data analysis from a variety of biological samples (feces, saliva, oral swabs, tissues) of rodent, fish and human origin. After sequencing, data (FASTQ files) is processed and provided to the user in a compressed folder that includes operational taxonomic unit (OUT) summary, diversity analysis, taxa summary, enriched taxa, predicted functional pathways and statistical analyses.  The microbiome core also performs whole genome sequencing for cultured bacteria using Illumina Nextera XT library kit, with as little as 10ng of DNA.
For pricing and more information click here: Microbiota/Microbial Community Services.

Micro CT and Skeletal Research Resource Core, led by Dr. Piotr Czernik, assists researchers with comprehensive analysis of bone structure, imaging and quantification of lipids in bone marrow and soft tissue samples, in vivo assessment of body composition, bone mineral density and bone mineral content in small rodents. The facility is equipped with a Scanco μCT 35 x-ray scanner, an HP Integrity rx2660 workstation dedicated to image acquisition, processing, and analysis, and a GE Lunar PIXImus II dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) system.

Volumetric imaging of bone and subsequent 3D image analysis allows for the quantitative assessment of a variety of structural properties including micro architecture, geometric parameters, volumes of individual compartments, distribution of bone mineral density, and alterations of bone structure induced by physical, pharmacological, or biological factors.

Standardized protocols for typical studies are listed below; customized procedures suited for unique projects can be developed upon request.

  • Morphometric analysis of trabecular and cortical bone in rodents
  • Morphometric analysis of human and large animal bones, cores and biopsies
  • Analysis of bone injury healing in animal models
  • Assessment of porosity in cortical bone
  • Distribution and quantification of lipid content in bone marrow and soft tissue
  • Computation of cross-sectional geometry of long bone
  •  Assessment of osseointegration and resorption of bone artificial implants and cements
  • Preparation of publication quality images, videos, and STL surface models

The facility renders conventional and customized approaches to 3D imaging and analysis of a variety of specimens and provides assistance in experimental design.


Faculty and trainees in our department also have access to additional Centralized Core Resources in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences:

 Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging

 Flow Cytometry Core Facility

 Electron Microscopy and Histopathology

 Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)

Resources Available in Other Colleges at the University of Toledo:

 Center for Drug Design and Development

 The University of Toledo Instrumentation Center

Last Updated: 4/24/18