CellNetworks Core Technology Platform
CellNetworks has been instrumental in implementing Core Facilities at Heidelberg University. The facilities serve the academic life of research scientists seeking specialized expertise, service, and access to advanced instrumentation in many fields, including proteomics, metabolomics, electron and light microscopy, high-throughput screening, sequencing, analysis or sample handling, and synthetic chemistry.
The number, variety, and size of Core Facilities is growing as life science research technologies continue to become more complex. Researchers increasingly require easy access to a wider range of core technologies and the underlying expertise. The new CellNetworks Core Facility Platform will guide further development and the identification of new demanding techniques, and offer information, methodology and resources to support research on the Heidelberg Life Science Campus.
The CellNetworks Core Technology Platform brings together scientists, technical, and administrative staff, working for or in close association with shared resources, such as Core Facilities, core instruments, and research infrastructure. Guidelines for benchmarking and best practices in Core Facilities have been established, and collaborations between Core Facilities and suppliers of software, reagents and instruments are fostered. Since the initiating idea of a Core Technology Platform in the framework of the excellence strategy, the platform successfully loosened up the existing boundaries between the different research organisations and created a platform of exchange to promote interdisciplinary research and cooperation in the longterm.
CellNetworks has been instrumental to implement eight Core Facilities as the founding members of the CellNetworks Core Technology platform:
- Advanced Biological Screening Facility
- Chemical Biology Core Facility
- Deep Sequencing Core Facility
- Electron Microscopy Core Facility
- Mass Spectrometry of proteins at ZMBH
- nCounter Core Facility
- Nikon Imaging Center
- Protein Crystallization Platform
Strong partnerships have been formed, e.g. with the Flow cytometry and FACS Core Facility (ZMBH), the Interdisciplinary Neurobehavioral Core at Medical Faculty Heidelberg, the Metabolomics Core Technology Platform at the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS), and the Large Scale Data Facility at BioQuant (LSDF), that has been installed as a joint infrastructure for computational sciences, one of the largest storage devices in life sciences with a storage capacity of 6 petabyte (6x1015 bytes).