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Research EnvironmentThe scientific environment in the Kaplan lab fosters synergy and collaboration among investigators, students and faculty. State-of-the-art laboratories are maintained including core facilities available through the Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC). Examples include the unique Biophysical Characterization Lab, Protein Processing Lab, Advanced Technology Lab, as well as the unique NIH-sponsored P41 Resource Center on Tissue Engineering, with our collaborative partner at Columbia University. These labs host our students and faculty, as well as visitors from other labs, provide training, and allow students and faculty at Tufts to interact actively with many researchers from around the world on a routine basis. The Silk Lab is a prime example of the above synergy, as it is a lab established collaboratively between the Omenetto and Kaplan labs to promote students to work together. The Advanced Technology Lab is a prime example of the above synergy, as it is a lab established without borders, to promote students and faculty to work together in labs, regardless of their programmatic affiliation, on joint research projects.
LaboratoriesThere are a number of full-scale laboratories in the Science & Technology Center and laboratories located at 200 Boston Avenue.
Biomaterials/Protein Processing Lab – Systems to prepare polymers for use in biomaterial studies, from processing and purification equipment to materials formation from these solutions.
Biophysical Characterization Lab – A range of analytical tools to fully characterize material structure and morphology, including Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Aviv Circular Dichroism, Atomic Force Microscopes, thermal mechanical systems, X-ray, Langmuir systems, Quartz Crystal Microbalance and related systems.
Cell and Tissue Culture Labs – Full facilities for growth and characterization of mammalian and insect cells, including stem cells and other cell sources. Equipment includes bioreactors, cell storage, histology, gas sterilization and related needs, range of incubators (oxygen control), egg systems, and microscopes.
Histology Lab – Reichert-Jung cryotome (Cryocut 1800), Leica EG1160 paraffin embedded, Shandon Hypercenter XP tissue processor, rotary microtome (Radical Instruments RMT-30).
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