Core Facilities and Services

Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments and Societies (IIRMES)

IIRMES serves research collaborations between faculty and students from disciplines in physical, natural and social sciences. IIRMES maintains an inventory of capital equipment that permits multi-scalar chemical analyses for elemental, isotopic and molecular characterization. This centralization of the instrumentation enhances their effective utilization, scheduling and maintenance in a focused environment that actively encourages shared use to beneficially increase peer exchange, collegial interaction and collaborative ventures in cross-disciplinary research, training and teaching.

IIRMES provides analytical services and instrument training for both internal and external clients.

Center for Education in Proteomics Analysis (CEPA)

CEPA provides state-of-the-art technology for characterization of protein/peptide identity, differential proteome profiling, post-translational modification (PTM), structure, interactions, and quantification. CEPA is available to CSULB community, as well as other CSU campuses and external users worldwide, and it operates as a fee-for-service resource. The Center also serves as a resource for training, education, and consultation for Proteomics applications and will work with you from initial experimental design through publication and/or proposal.

The CEPA Proteomics Core Facility is equipped with 1D and 2D gel electrophoresis units, ultra-high resolution image scanners, Progenesis 2D gel analysis software, thermomixers, nano-flow 2D liquid chromatography, biological and chemical hoods, and speedvac for mass spectrometry sample preparation. The Center also features two state-of-the-art systems: an ABSciex 4800 MALDI-TOF/TOF and a Thermo Surveyor-ESI-LTQ Ion Trap. CEPA can perform quantitative proteomics experiments using labeled (SILAC or iTRAQ) or label-free approaches. Comprehensive data analysis is provided through a variety of database search engines, Mascot and software packages including GPS Explorer, Protein Pilot, and Thermo Proteomics Software. CEPA can also aid in bioinformatics analysis using DAVID and STRING.

Compressed and Liquid Gases

Due to cuts in State funding it has become necessary for the College to implement a recharge policy for compressed and liquefied gas usage. This policy is necessary to ensure the centralized service for the continued availability of gases for teaching and research. Faculty must fill out and submit the gas usage form when picking up compressed or liquefied gases from the storage area for the Safety Office. Keys for access to the gases can be obtained either from the Department Office/Stockroom or from the Safety Office.

Common compressed and liquefied gases will be charged to faculty either from 07, 17, or other permissible accounts using the rates indicated on the form. Specialty, mixed, and ultra-high purity gases not itemized on the form will be charged at actual cost to the College.

Charges for compressed and liquefied gases for teaching purposes will be passed on to the relevant Departments. All gases used for teaching require Chair (or designee) signature for approval. These will be paid either through course fees, Lottery, or can be requested for payment by the College.

Faculty having no funds to pay for gases (07 or 17 accounts) may request a payment waiver using the back of the appropriate form. The waiver must be justified as well as provide information on how the user will pay for gases in the future.

Marine Laboratory

The Marine Lab, located in HSCI-118, was custom-designed to meet the needs of the marine biology program. The facility has an 18,000 gal recirculating seawater system which supplies tanks in both indoor and semi-enclosed outdoor spaces with a constant supply of clean water at local environmental temperatures. The lab have the ability to keep locally collected live marine animals (algae, invertebrates, and fishes) for classroom and research purposes. The Marine Lab also has an 80 sq ft walk-in environmental chamber that can be chilled to 5°C if needed. The indoor part of the facility is used for classroom demonstrations and diverse research projects. The outdoor facility is primarily used for research, and houses all the life support equipment, including chillers, protein skimmers, cartridge filters and biological filters, and large tanks and tank racks.

Contact CNSM Research

Associate Dean for Research