Bastyr Research Facilities
Our basic research facilities comprise the 2,500-square-foot Tierney Basic Sciences Research Laboratory, located on the main campus. Here, students and research faculty conduct analytical chemistry, immunology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology experiments. The general focus of present research is the cancer prevention and treatment, stimulation of the immune system and the chemical characterization of botanical products.
In addition to standard tissue culture facilities, our laboratory contains a four-channel flow cytometer, thermocycler, UV/vis and fluorescent plate readers, a fluorescent microscope with digital camera, a CCD imaging system and various HPLC, FPLC and GC instruments including an HPLC with a coularray detector. A Biosafety Level (BL)-2/3 laboratory is also housed within the Tierney Research lab that can be used for experiments involving samples infected with HIV and similar infectious agents.
Bastyr University has clinical trials under way at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, located in Seattle. Additionally, there are three standardized patient exam rooms on Bastyr's campus in Kenmore used exclusively for clinical research.
University of Washington
The University of Washington houses a wide range of experts in various fields as well as allied support service personnel, and state-of-the-art research equipment to accommodate the full spectrum of experimental methodologies.
Projects supported by Bastyr's research grant will utilize the clinical and basic research facilities of the health sciences complex to which University of Washington faculty preceptors have access. Shared resources such as spectral labs, core DNA and protein sequencing facilities (with all standard protein and DNA databases available), and other core biochemistry, histochemistry and microbiological laboratories are also part of the health sciences complex.
In addition to the core facilities, each of the UW faculty involved in the research training program have their own laboratories or clinical facilities which are equipped to conduct their particular experiments and studies. These facilities range in size from 700 to 1,400 square feet.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Founded in 1975, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world-renowned institution whose specific mission is to understand, treat and prevent cancer. Its cancer-prevention program is the largest in the world, with more than a half-million people around the globe participating in Hutchinson Center studies aimed at reducing cancer incidence and death.
In recent years, the federal government has invested more resources in the Hutchinson Center than any other comprehensive cancer research institute in the nation.
A large percentage of scientists at the Hutchinson Center hold joint appointments in academic departments at the University of Washington. The Hutchinson Center is particularly noted for its work on the molecular biology of eukaryotic gene expression.
Its core facilities include tissue culture and media, biologics production, DNA sequencing, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, histology, image analysis and nutrition assessment.
Washington State University
Washington State University houses many research and service centers:
- Electron Microscopy Center
- Center of Visualization, Analysis and Design in the Molecular Sciences (VADMS Center)
- Institute of Biological Chemistry
- Cancer Prevention and Research Center (CPRC)
Under the directorship of Dr. Gary Meadows, CPRC is the focal point for cancer research at WSU. Its membership includes a diverse group of WSU faculty from a variety of departments.
- Marion Ownbey Herbarium
Among the largest herbaria of the Pacific Northwest, it contains nearly 350,000 specimens of vascular and nonvascular plants and lichens, and state-of the-art greenhouse and growth chamber facilities for faculty and student research projects.
Trainees of this grant will have access to the laboratory facilities of Drs. Howard Hosick and Gary Meadows. These facilities are dedicated to studying the cellular and molecular aspects of cancer development.
Each investigator has more than 2,000 square feet of space, including fully equipped tissue culture rooms, general laboratory space, cold rooms, instrument rooms, darkrooms and histochemistry labs. Available equipment includes tissue culture equipment, fluorometers, liquid scintillation spectrometers, electrophoresis and chromatography equipment, fluorescence microscopes and a flow cytometer. These investigators have access to:
- WSU Information Technology Center
- VADS Lab (facilities for analysis of molecules and structures)
- Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis (DNA synthesis, peptide synthesis, peptide sequencing and amino acid analysis)
- Electron Microscope Center (transmission and scanning microscopes)
- Reactor with Cobalt 60 source
- NMR and X-Ray diffraction facilities