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Research Facilities

UB’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has robust research centers in both the department of pharmacy practice and the department of pharmaceutical sciences.  Major federal and external programmatic funding sustain the valuable work conducted in these areas.

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Instrumentation Facility is available to all School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty. It connects to faculty laboratories, conference rooms, glass washing room and walk-in cold room.

Instrumentation Facility includes:

  • liquid chromatography/mass spectrophometers
  • ultracentrifuges
  • scintillation counters
  • gamma counter
  • high performance liquid chromatographs
  • spectrophotometers, including gas chromatographs, physiographs
  • computer-aided imaging equipment
  • cell culture facilities
  • fluorescent and uv/visible plate readers
  • phosphoimager
  • peptide synthesizer, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectrometers
  • differential scanning calorimetry
  • thermogravimetric and analysis instrumentation

Use of facilities and instrumentation by others in the research community can be arranged on a collaborative basis, as indicated for specific instruments. Contact Dr. Robert Straubinger and Dr. Sathy Balu-Iyer, directors of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Instrumentation Facility, for further information.

Pharmaceutical Genetics Laboratory (PGL)

The Pharmaceutical Genetics Laboratory (460 Kapoor Hall) provides research support for an array of basic molecular biology techniques to assist students and faculty in addressing questions in pharmacogenetics research. The laboratory has the necessary equipment to perform quantitative real-time PCR, DNA genotyping, DNA cloning, recombinant protein expression, fluorescence microscopy, and imaging. The facility provides varied equipment including real-time PCR cyclers (Bio-Rad and Stratagene), a Bio-Rad photo documentation system, nano drop spectrophotometers, a Zeiss Axiovert 200M microscope, gradient PCR thermal cyclers, refrigerated centrifuges and ultracentrifuges, dedicated -20 ºC and -80 ºC freezers, and miscellaneous equipment.

Contact Dr. Javier Blanco, Director of the Pharmaceutical Genetics Laboratory, for more information.

Collaborative Computational Facilities

Computation and visualization play a key role in our educational and research activities. We offer courses that provide a heavy concentration in quantitative disciplines, including physical pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics. Specialized software holdings not only support research and education in PK/PD/PG, but also in molecular computation and visualization.

Basic skills training also is offered in computation related to the practice of pharmacy. In terms of research, both undergraduate and graduate students receive hands-on research training by participating in externally-funded research projects. Analysis of data and presentation of research findings are a mainstay of research training.

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