Core Facilities

Core Facilities laboratories, utilizing the latest analytical technologies, are currently focused on cell imaging, flow cytometry, histology and animal imaging. The laboratories are available to the many pediatric basic research teams based at the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center and are also available to other researchers from beyond the hospital system.

Information about the labs, including contacts and links to PDFs of services descriptions and usage guidelines, are provided below.

Cell Imaging

Equipped with confocal microscopes and devices for live cell imaging and laser capture microdissection.

Cell Imaging Core I Laboratory 

5th Floor, Rangos Research Center
Director: David Hackam, MD
Contact: Maria Branca, maria.branca@chp.edu
412-692-9223
Cell Imaging I Facility Services and Usage Guidelines (PDF)

Cell Imaging Core II Laboratory 

7th Floor, Rangos Research Center
Director: Tunda Hidvegi, PhD
Contact: Houming Cai, caih@chp.edu  
412-692-3547
Cell Imaging II Facility Overview of Services (PDF)

Flow Cytometry

Analytical flow cytometry and sterile cell sorting equipment and services.

Flow Cytometry Core I Laboratory

8th Floor, Rangos Research Center
Director: Abbe deVallejo, PhD
Contact: Alison Logar, Flow1Core@chp.edu
412-692-6968
Flow Cytometry I Facility Services and Usage Guidelines (PDF)

Flow Cytometry Core II Laboratory

6th Floor, Rangos Research Center 
Director:  Massimo Trucco, MD
Contacts: Bob Lakomy, lakomy@pitt.edu, and Alexis Styche, ajs98@pitt.edu
412-692-3025
Flow Cytometry II Facility Services and Usage Guidelines (PDF)

Histology

Support to investigators in need of histology-based technical services and pathological interpretation.

Histology Core Laboratory 

B209 Clinical Services Building 
Director: Miguel Reyes-Múgica, MD
Contact: Lori Schmitt, lori.schmitt@chp.edu
412-692-6856
Histology Overview of Services Animal Imaging (PDF)

Animal Imaging

Including “micro” magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Computer Tomography (CT) systems, high-resolution ultrasound and bioluminescence systems.

Animal Imaging Core Laboratory 

4th Floor, Rangos Research Center 
Director: Yijen Wu
Contact: Yijen Wu, yijen.wu@chp.edu 
412-692-9902
Animal Imaging Facility Services and Usage Guidelines (PDF)