CTAC is now part of ICBR Cytometry

Published: October 16th, 2018

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In an exciting development for the University of Florida research community, the Cytometry Core at the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, or ICBR, has acquired the McKnight Brain Institute’s Cell & Tissue Analysis Core, or CTAC. After several fruitful discussions, ICBR and MBI leadership recognized an opportunity to provide even more services to drive research. Directed by the UF Office of Research, the acquisition will provide greater access to instrumentation and services, while making research approaches even more convenient.

Built under the direction and tireless efforts of Ed Scott, Ph.D., a Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Doug Smith, CTAC manager, the MBI’s CTAC has grown from a small imaging start-up to a widely reputable core offering unique services for UF researchers. Starting immediately, billing and administrative responsibilities will be transferred to ICBR’s business services team, while Doug will continue to serve as CTAC’s manager.

This transition represents the next evolution for CTAC, as it now offers online calendar scheduling and additional services through its integration with ICBR Cytometry.

Likewise, ICBR users will also benefit from the merger, with access to: additional imaging equipment, an additional live cell imaging system, additional animal in vivo imaging equipment, self-service usage for training requests, and a self-service histology lab complete with cryostats and microtomes for frozen and paraffin embedded tissue sectioning.

CTAC will remain in the MBI (Imaging Suite in LG-164 and Histology Resource Lab in L3-192), located in close proximity to ICBR Cytometry’s secondary lab in the MBI (L3-160).