Core Facilities

The Department of Pharmacology has core equipment facilities located within rooms 3-269 and 2-279 of Hasselmo Hall.

All primary faculty labs have access to these facilities. Please do not hesitate to ask questions - Do not use if in doubt!

  • Accessing Core Facility
  • Reserving Core Equipment
  • Contacts
  • Accessing Core Facility

    Gaining access: 

    Training by either Dr. Connell, or a previously trained member of your lab is mandatory for all core equipment. When using core equipment for the first time, initially check with your PI or an experienced lab member to see if anyone within your lab can provide necessary training. If no one within your lab is available, please contact Hannah Salen, who will arrange orientation and training with Dr. Connell.

    Accessing specific equipment: 

    Requirements for access may vary from instrument to instrument:

    Lab-specific codes:

    For instruments or areas that require a code, each lab has an assigned 6 digit code which you can obtain from your PI. 

    List of equipment and areas that require this code:

    • Room 3-269A
    • Ultracentrifuges
    • MyECL Imager
    Nanodrop

    Qreserve:

    Some equipment requires a reservation be made through a website, Qreserve.

    List of equipment that require reservation through Qreserve:

    JE High Speed Centrifuges
    • Ultracentrifuges
    • Shakers
    • qPCR
    • Cryostat
    • Platereader
    • Odyssey Infrared Imager
    • BLItz

  • Reserving Core Equipment

    There are two main methods for equipment reservation in the core facility that varies from instrument to instrument:

    Pen and notepad sign-in:

    The first method is a simple notepad sign-up on arrival system. Notepads with pens have been placed next to machines that utilize this system. 

    All we ask is that, when you come in to use the instrument, record the time, date, your name, and your PI on the notepad.

    The following instruments utilize this method of sign-up:

    Nanodrop
    • MyECL Imager
    • Odyssey Infrared Imager

    Qreserve

    The second method of sign-up, Qreserve, requires a little more initial set-up on the users part, but, afterwards, is also fairly simple. Qreserve is a web-based lab management system that provides several tools that labs can use to manage their equipment and supplies. For the purposes of the core facility, we utilize its facilities calendar function to allow online reservation for equipment that may need to be used for extended periods of time.

    The following are the instruments that utilize this method of sign-up:

    JE High Speed Centrifuges
    • Ultracentrifuges
    • Shakers
    • qPCR
    • Cryostat
    • Platereader
    • Odyssey Infrared Imager
    • BLItz

    Registering on Qreserve:

    Request an invite by e-mailing Hannah Salen at salen011@umn.edu with your preferred e-mail and PI. A registration e-mail will be sent to you once your message is received. It will invite you to create a password for the account associated with your e-mail. From there you will have access to the Core's Qreserve group automatically. 

    Reserving equipment through Qreserve:

    After registering for Quartzy, you can reserve equipment by following these steps

    1. If you aren't already logged in you can log in here
    2. Navigate to the memberships tab and click on the "Core Facilities" group.
    3. Click on the equipment you would like to make a reservation for. A calendar should pop up that can be displayed in a day/week/month format.
    4. To reserve, simply click on a date you would like to reserve. A pop up will prompt you to select a start and end time. For Centrifuges, please select which rotor you plan to use in the "notes" section.
    5. Hit book and you're done! You've just reserved that equipment for your selected time.

    Note: Again, please list the rotor(s) you plan on using within the "notes" section when reserving the centrifuges

  • Contacts

    Manager

    For all questions, concerns, and requests for access please contact:

    Hannah Salen
    612-625-0458
    salen011@umn.edu


    Core director

    Dr. Greg Connell
    612-624-3132
    conne018@umn.edu


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