Facilities

The facilities and resources available to our research group allow us to successfully undertake translational, biochemical, and molecular biological research. In addition to our own facilities within the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, we have access to core facilities, which provides state-of-the-art research infrastructure to University of Illinois researchers. Also, our collaborations with faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health extend our capabilities to assess other physiological measures of interest.

Please see below for specific detail related to various aspects of our research infrastructure.

361 Edward R. Madigan Laboratory (ERML)

Our laboratory space is BSL2 approved and contains ample laboratory benches and the necessary equipment (such as centrifuges, laminar flow hood, -20 deg C freezer and -80C freeze), and other miscellaneous items (pipets, vortexes, heating blocks, etc) for analyzing biospecimens.

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Metabolic Kitchen

The Metabolic Kitchen is a shared research facility directed by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. This 1000 square foot metabolic kitchen and feeding laboratory includes state-of-the-art equipment that allows for absolute control of food and fluid preparation for experimental meals.

Human Clinical Intervention Laboratory

Across with street, our collaborators in Kinesiology and Community Health include Dr. Naiman Khan, director of the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory, Dr. Nick Burd, director of the Nutrition and Exercise Performance Group, and Dr. Jeff Woods, director of the Exercise Immunology Research Laboratory. The Department of Kinesiology and Community Heather has a clinical intervention space that includes YSI glucose-lactate analyzer, syringe drivers, Bergstrom biopsy needles, IV stands, crash cart, and adjustable hospital beds. Located adjacent to the intervention space is the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) for the measurement of bone mineral density and body composition and a metabolic cart to assess resting energy expenditure (REE).

The Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center

The Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center (CBC), a core service provider of the University of Illinois, which provides state of the art facilities and expertise to the life sciences research community both on and off campus. The CBC service labs include bioinformatics, DNA sequencing, functional genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. We frequently utilized the High-Throughput DNA Sequencing (HTS) Unit and Functional Genomics Unit, both of which are located on the same floor as our laboratory in ERML, and the High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio) Unit which is across the street in the Institute of Genomic Biology.