Research Core Day Attracts 100 Attendees
Makoto Katsumata, PhD (l.), director of the Cedars-Sinai Animal Models Core, discusses a poster with research scientist Vera Chesnokova, PhD, at Research Core Day
V. Krishnan Ramanujan, PhD, director of Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Core discusses a poster.
More than 100 Cedars-Sinai researchers, administrators and other staff attended Research Core Day, an event hosted for the first time by the Burns and Allen Research Institute to highlight scientific resources and technologies offered by the medical center's burgeoning core facilities.
The event, held May 7 in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, was so successful that organizers are considering making it an annual tradition.
During a poster session, core directors met informally with attendees to discuss how the cores can facilitate their research.
"Core facilities are essential to support research at Cedars-Sinai. They offer campus-wide access to technology and expertise that would be difficult to maintain at a single lab level," said Jonathan Kaye, PhD, vice chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, director of its Research Division of Immunology and scientific director of the Cedars-Sinai Research Core Facilities.
Among the topics of discussion on Research Core Day were possible areas of collaboration between the clinical and research enterprises. "The cores act as a nexus for collaborations across fields," said Kaye, who organized the event.
The 12 facilities represented at the poster session were the following:
- Genomics Core, directed by Vincent A. Funari, PhD;
- Biobank and Translational Research Core, directed by Beatrice Knudsen MD, PhD;
- Imaging Core, directed by Debiao Li, PhD;
- Animal Models Core (including the Rodent Genetics and Biobehavioral Research divisions, the latter led by Jean-Philippe Vit, PhD), directed by Makoto Katsumata, PhD;
- Flow Cytometry Core, directed by Gislaine Martins, PhD;
- Molecular Therapeutics Core, directed by Ramachandran Murali, PhD;
- Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core, directed by Dhruv Sareen, PhD;
- Microscopy Core (including Confocal and Two-Photon Fluorescence), directed by Kolja A. Wawrowsky, PhD, and Krishnan Ramanujan, PhD;
- Viral Vector Core, directed by Vaithi Arumugaswami, PhD;
- Biomarker Discovery Platform, directed by Wei Yang, PhD;
- Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core, directed by André Rogatko, PhD;
- Research Informatics and Scientific Computing Core, directed by Spencer L. SooHoo, PhD.