Our Facilities

Our laboratory is well-equipped with extensive facilities for molecular biology, transplantation surgery and ex-vivo perfusion. COPPER Laboratory offers services and resources in molecular biology and collaborates with ULAR. The lab is comprised of a small animal surgery suite, a large animal non-survival operating room, an organ perfusion suite and an organ and tissue processing center. COPPER Laboratory is located in Wiseman Hall.

Areas of Expertise

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Cell culture and molecular biology

  • POLARstar Omega with atmospheric control system - fluorescence polarization microplate reader with simultaneous dual emission detection
  • Thermocycler
  • Omega Lum™ G - chemiluminescence, UV fluorescence, colorimetry, densitometry, gel documentation system
  • Cell culture incubators
  • Biosafety hood
  • Logos Biosystem - Luna™ automated cell counter
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Small Animal

  • Ex vivo rat abdominal organ perfusion circuit
  • Ex vivo rat lung perfusion circuit
  • Kent Scientific Phyiosuite non-invasive monitoring for mice and rats
  • Kent Scientific Somnosuite small animal anesthesia system
  • Small animal recovery cage
  • Leica M 500 - N surgical microscope
  • Gonotec Osmomat 10 - cryoscopic osmometer for osmolality
  • Gonotec Osmomat 50 - osmometer for colloid oncotic pressure
  • Brookfield Viscometer DV2T
  • Abaxis VetScan VS2
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Large Animal

  • Ex vivo lung large animal perfusion circuit
  • Ex vivo liver large animal perfusion circuit
  • Large animal anesthesia system
  • Echocardiography and ultrasonography
  • Fluoroscopy C-Arm
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Blood gas and serum analyzers
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Extensive lab support structure

  • Computers
  • Flatbed scanners
  • -80 freezer
  • -20 freezer
  • Refrigeration
  • Liquid nitrogen storage
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Model Systems

  • Cell culture
  • Primary and immortalized cell lines
    • Human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC)
    • Human pulmonary artery endothelial cell (HPAEC)
    • Human aortic endothelial cell (HAoEC)
    • Porcine pulmonary artery endothelial cell (PPAEC)
    • Porcine aortic endothelial cell line (PAoEC)
    • Human alveolar basal epithelial cells (A549)
    • Hepatocyte cells (HepG2)
  • Rat
  • Pig
  • Sheep
  • Cadaveric

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