The university has opened an Integrated Imaging Center
for live cell imaging on its Montgomery County Campus. The
center provides a variety of advanced and specialized light
and fluorescence microscopic facilities and services that
play an important role in research and discovery and are
available to researchers in the local business, research
and government communities on a fee-for-use basis.
Gary Brooker, a research professor in the Krieger
School's Department of Biology, will direct the center.
Brooker founded and previously served as CEO and chief
scientific officer of Atto Instruments (now known as Atto
Bioscience), a Rockville, Md., company that provides
equipment and reagents for high-performance bioimaging
Features of the 1,500-square-foot center include a
state-of-the-art automated, fluorescence confocal
microscope, as well as another confocal cell imaging
workstation. The automated microscope has the ability to
image single cell reactions in real time at the cellular
and subcellular level in cells in multi-well plates.
Researchers can screen thousands of compounds per day with
the system. The center also has other equipment useful for
drug discovery and research, including a microinjection
microscopic workstation, facilities for fluorescence
spectroscopy, and other ancillary lab and cell culture
equipment. Method development, image analysis and
consultation services are also available.
The center is a component of the university's
Integrated Imaging Center in Baltimore. "Establishment of
the IIC at the Montgomery County Campus provides an
important infrastructure in the Washington area that
supports the research mission of Johns Hopkins University,"
said Gary Ostrander, associate provost for research.
The IIC is located on the third floor of the Academic
and Research Building. Researchers who wish to use the IIC
should contact Brooker at 301-294-7003 or go to
Established in 1988 in the heart of suburban
Maryland's biotechnology and information technology
corridor, JHU's Montgomery County Campus serves 5,000 full-
and part-time students in more than 60 degree and
certificate programs. For more information, go to
www.jhu.edu/washingtonarea/mcc or call 301-294-7000.