Laboratory Research Service
The laboratory section of DCI includes approximately 6000 sq. ft. lab space to support several scientific disciplines including Molecular Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Cell Biology, and Microbiology. Personnel supporting the laboratory have strong research and technical experience in addition to advanced degrees including: M.D., Ph.D., Masters of Science, and technology levels. The DCI lab has long standing collaborations with other medical departments and services within SAMMC including Cardiology, Oncology, Infectious Disease, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the US Army Institute of Surgical Research supporting major research programs including cancer vaccine development, studies of multi-drug resistant microbes, early detection of microbes, regenerative cell biology, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Instrumentation and Techniques Available
Molecular and Cell Biology
- Molecular Biology techniques to include real time PCR, standard PCR and DNA/RNA sequencing.
- QIAGEN-QIACube for DNA, RNA or protein extraction from biological samples.
- QIAGEN-QIAxcel capillary electrophoresis instrument for automated DNA, RNA or protein analysis.
- Pulse field gel electrophoresis for separation of large DNA molecules.
- CellSearch instrument for isolation and evaluation of individual circulating tumor cells.
- Cell culture incubators and freezers for cell biology research.
- Microscopy systems to include confocal, DIC, Hoffman, phase contrast, and bright and dark field systems.
Immunology and Chemistry
- High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for isolation and quantification of biomarkers.
- Microphysiometer to detect receptor and second messenger related changes in cell physiology.
- Luminex immunoassay for commercially available and custom biomarkers.
Additional Laboratory Services
- UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Core Lab Facilities
Points of Contact
DCI Laboratory Director (210) 916-3511
Ancillary Lab: Infectious Disease (210) 916-3859
Microbiology Section: (210) 916-0616/4482
Molecular Biology Section: (210) 916-7281