The Centralized Laboratory Support Core will enable researchers who do not have appropriate laboratory expertise or lab space and instrumentation to carry out virologic, immunologic, and microbiome/genomics studies. Our Core leaders have considerable experience and expertise in the design and execution of these types of studies and have highly trained staff. In addition, the Core will provide training and access to a BSL2+ tissue culture facility, a PCR clean facility, a mucosal tissues biorepository as well as state-of-the-art instrumentation. The Core will enable the expansion of translational research utilizing both newly collected and stored samples through collaborations with the Clinical Science Core and Translational Research on Substance Use SWG. The Core will also provide technical assistance to investigators working at International sites.
The Core is led by Drs. Grace Aldrovandi, and Jennifer Fulcher with support from Core faculty members Drs. Nicole Tobin and Ting-Ting Wu; all are translational researchers based at UCLA. The Aims of the Core are:
- Facilitate basic and translational HIV/AIDS research through comprehensive laboratory services to assess HIV-1 infection and immune responses.
- Provide expertise in the design, implementation, and analysis of studies examining HIV-1 and the microbiome, metabolome, or proteome.
- Support clinical research on HIV Prevention, Treatment, and ART-Free Remission through CAP/CLIA-certified laboratory services.
- Support and stimulate translational HIV/AIDS research by providing mentoring, training, and education programs in relevant laboratory techniques.
Core Leadership and Key Staff
Services Offered by the Core
The Centralized Laboratory Support Core aims to function as a single source for laboratory needs, which includes services previously provided by the virology core. In addition, we are always available for consultation to link researchers with specific laboratory resources and access to a variety of biospecimen banks (ACTG, etc).
|Virology Services||Immunology & Mucosal Services|
|Microbiome & ‘Omics Services||CAP/CLIA-certified Laboratory Services|
To request core services, please access form here.
Early-Stage Investigators are eligible to apply for core credit vouchers to utilize Core services or instrumentation at no cost for pilot projects. Please click here for more information.