The University of Washington research community is extremely diverse and rich. State-of-the-Art Core Facilities on the UW Seattle campus include facilities for nanoformulation and characterization, spectroscopy and analytical instrumentation, metabolomics, proteomics, pathology, biostatistics, microscopy, imaging, and analytical biopharmacy. Across the departments of chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, and bioengineering, the broader biomaterials community at UW also includes investigators with expertise in polymers, bioactive polymers, and biocompatible materials.
The Nance lab has a custom-built simultaneous 4-channel Nikon A1R confocal and cMOS camera. The confocal has the following features: 10x, 20x, 40x, 60x, and 100x objectives, XYZ motorization via a Peizo stage, perfect focus, two-photon-like imaging capabilities at Nyquist resolution, and live-imaging capability with an incubation chamber and perfusion system. The lab also has a Leica CM1950 Crysotat, a Shimadzu Prominence-i with PDA and LC-MS, high speed centrifuge (+100k x g) with titanium, seal-proof rotors, BioRad qPCR, Eppendorf Thermocycler, surgical dissection microscope, and McIllewan Tissue Chopper. The LC-MS and Nikon confocal systems have dedicated computers and an offline analysis station. Shared instrumentation facilities within the department and within Benson Hall contain Shimadzu HPLC with multichannel fluorescence detector, cone and plate rheometer, Anton Pear SAXS, TA Instruments DSC, TA Instruments DGA, calorimeters, microplate readers, Malvern Zetasizer, Buchi rotoevaporators, FTIR spectrometer.
Lab and Office Space
The Nance research group has 3 adjacent, dedicated lab spaces in Benson hall, with one space designed for in vivo and ex vivo studies. In addition, there is a designated, separate confocal room for optimal imaging. The student office for the Nance lab is adjacent to these lab spaces and is home to our hard-working Nance lab members! Our office space is designed to breed creativity, innovation, and collaboration, and we foster an environment that also imparts awareness of mental and physical healthy, through taking part of the The Whole U health awareness program.
School of Medicine Collaborators
The Department of Chemical Engineering is adjacent to other biomaterials and polymer researchers within the Chemical Engineering department, and next door to the Bioengineering, Materials Science and Chemistry departments, enabling close collaboration in the chemical sciences arena. The labs are also across the street from clinicians in Pediatrics, Neurology, and Neonatology, enabling close collaborations in translational research.