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.

Tissue culture hood

Areas of Expertise

Cell culture and molecular biology

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
Scientist at work in the lab

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
Large Animal

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
Lab scientist working at the computer

Extensive Lab Support Structure

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

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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