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Scientific Facilities

IMBA is committed to the success of its research groups. We provide strong administrative and scientific support that includes a broad array of cutting-edge services and facilities.

Core resources are managed by technical leaders who evaluate and implement a wide range of novel technologies, instrumentation, and techniques. These professional staff scientists also train users, help with experimental design, and disseminate expert knowledge. They tailor their expertise to individual research questions and are available at any stage of investigation.

IMBA scientists are not billed for core services, except for certain experiment-related consumables, so experiments can start almost immediately. Access to these world-class facilities allows IMBA scientists to rapidly generate, interpret and present compelling, high-quality data. This accelerates the pace of their research and gives them a competitive edge.

Below, you can find further information on the services and facilities available to IMBA Research Groups.

Core Facilities
Stem Cell Core Facility
  • facilitate stem cell research
  • cutting-edge stem cell technologies and services that are beyond the capacity of individual research groups
  • available to researchers on site, across Austria and to the broader scientific community
Fly House
  • Research support for scientists working with the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster
  • Embryo micro-injection service to generate transgenic fly stocks
  • Complete CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing service
  • exclusively available for IMBA researchers
Bioinformatics
  • analysis of NGS and other large-scale data
  • functional and structural characterization of proteins and genomic regions
  • multi-omics data integration and functional gene-set analysis
BioOptics
  • analytical flow cytometry and cell sorting
  • large variety of microscopy techniques, image processing and analysis
Comparative Medicine
  • provides husbandry of animals and services for the various research groups
  • acknowledge and accept responsibility for the care and use of animals according to the highest ethical standards
  • compliance with Austrian laboratory animal act 2012 as well as all relevant regulations and rules concerning laboratory animal husbandries
Molecular Biology Service
  • Sanger Sequencing, “Speed Congenics" service, preparation of competent cells of various E. coli strains, production of recombinant proteins and enzymes, monoclonal antibodies, routine mycoplasma testing service for tissue culture cells and plasmid prep in 96 well format
  • instrumentation and expertise for lab automation and high-throughput methods
Graphics
  • support the use of graphic design programs
  • help prepare figures, illustrations, presentations, animations, layout and much more
Max Perutz Library
  • specialized reference library
  • maintains and develops literature collections and information services in support of the present and future research and teaching needs
  • provides a quiet and well-equipped study environment
Protein Chemistry
  • protein identification, characterization of posttranslational modifications, protein quantitation and the respective data interpretation
  • peptide synthesis and affinity purification of antibodies
  • research on Mass Spectrometry & Protein Chemistry
Transgenic Service
  • exclusive use of in-house investigators
  • production (and archiving) of genetically engineered mouse strains for animal model research
Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities
The Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities (VBCF) is a publicly funded non-profit research institute, located directly at the Vienna BioCenter. It offers access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and scientific services to academic research institutions and companies in the field of Life Sciences. All Services are available to IMBA scientists as well as researchers at other Vienna BioCenter institutes.
Advanced Microscopy
  • access, training and technical support for researchers to an expanding inventory of cutting edge optical imaging techniques
  • R&D lab that develops tailored and novel optical microscopy solutions
Bioinformatics & Scientific Computing
  • data analysis services for next-generation sequencing data
  • development of innovative and intuitive software solutions
  • hardware-related programming
  • trainings and consultations in the areas of bioinformatics, statistics and programming
Electron Microscopy
  • sample preparation for scanning electron microscopy
  • quick sample screening or high resolution 2D or 3D imaging
  • state-of-the-art conventional and cryo-techniques for specimen preparation and visualization at nanometer resolution
  • processing of purified molecules for conventional and cryo-electron microscopy
HistoPathology
  • top quality automatic immunostaining
  • tissue processing and sectioning
  • most of the common histological stains for both paraffin and cryoblocks
Metabolomics
  • comprehensive and quantitative analysis of small biomolecules such as sugars, lipids or nucleic acids in biological samples
  • global view on biological systems and processes
  • state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative analysis of small organic compounds for user groups form both academia and industry
Next Generation Sequencing
  • advice and guidance of sequencing projects
  • all common sequencing applications are supported and the development of novel methods and protocols encouraged
Plant Sciences
  • 22 high quality state-of-the-art and highly specialized plant growth chambers
  • professional support to research groups at the VBC as well as external customers (within spare capacities)
Preclinical Imaging
  • comprehensive multimodal MR imaging
  • main focus is in-vivo mouse imaging, other smaller model organisms are welcome as well
  • state-of-the art data acquisition and processing
Preclinical Phenotyping
  • provide centralized support and services to VBC investigators developing and studying genetically modified animal models relevant to human diseases
Protein Technologies
  • molecular cloning, protein production and purification, as well as biophysical characterization of proteins
  • services surrounding the CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering technology
Vienna Drosophila Resource Center (VDRC)
  • professionally organized bioresource center
  • promote scientific discoveries in Drosophila, primarily by maintaining transgenic Drosophila melanogaster stocks and DNA resources
  • distribution to Drosophila researchers both locally and worldwide

 

 

Scientific Editing Support

Life Science Editors

  • former academics specialised as professional editors of scientific journals