Minnesota's Shopping Mall for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Research Support Services


Biodale is a consortium of University of Minnesota research service facilities that offer state-of-the-art instrumentation and user-friendly, walk-in service and training. Members of the business community, as well as the University community, are invited to use Biodale services and equipment. Each facility is staffed by specialized scientists and technicians.

The Imaging Center uses light and electron microscopy combined with digital imaging and analysis to visualize biological specimens.

The Biotechnology Resource Center provides capabilities to grow a wide range of microorganisms from shake-flask to 240L fermenter scale and to recover the cells and/or metabolites. A particular area of expertise is the expression and purification of recombinant proteins.

The Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics provides support, equipment, and expertise for analyzing complex protein mixtures. The affiliated Proteome Analysis Core Facility has special equipment for comparing and differentiating samples.

The Genomics Center provides a variety of genetic sequencing and analysis services for researchers.

The High Throughput Screening and Analysis Facility uses robots to screen large numbers of microbes, biological compounds, and chemical libraries to identify those with useful biological activity.

The Computational Biology Centers -- Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics is a structure designed to foster research in all aspects of biology and medicine. As such, it includes a major infrastructure component of high performance Unix workstations, associated servers and disk farms, networks and software. Support is provided for molecular biology, genomics, biostatistics, and computational chemistry, as well as an environment for developing educational tools.