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The Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) is a part of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. Our primary mission is to support research labs at UCSF through the resources that we host, but other academic and biotechnology organizations are welcome to use our facility through prior arrangements.

The resources found at our facility typically would be beneficial to multiple research groups, rather than be limited to one group. We have available standard research equipment such as Q-PCR machines, pipeting robots, a NanoDrop spectrophotometer, and a variety of plate readers. We take pride in providing more specialized equipment such as a contact microarray printer, 50 watt laser cutter, and 3D printers. We are especially interested in hosting cutting edge technology found in equipment such as the Illumina HiSeq 2500, HiSeq 4000, and BioRad QX200 digital PCR system. Our staff provides support and training for all of our resources.

In addition to our permanent equipment, we demo new instruments from vendors who want a central location to house their equipment. Vendors can contact us to setup demos.

We share our physical space with the latest microscopy technologies hosted by the Nikon Imaging Center and with a BD FACSAria cell sorter hosted by the Laboratory for Cell Analysis at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

CAT e-mail lists:

To receive e-mail updates for general CAT info, send an e-mail to Leave the subject blank and include "subscribe cat_info FIRSTNAME LASTNAME" without the quotes in the e-mail. This list will not receive e-mail related to sequencing.

To subscribe to our sequencing list, send an e-mail to Leave the subject blank and include "subscribe cat-seq FIRSTNAME LASTNAME" without the quotes in the e-mail.

The CAT receives some institutional support from UCSF. This allows us to offer most of the equipment free of charge to UCSF users. To justify the ongoing support, please acknowledge the CAT and CAT staff in publications and notify us when your CAT-supported work is published by filling out this form.

April 11, 2015

The CAT is demoing the BioXP 3200 DNA assembly system from SGI-DNA. The systems generates 400-1800bp dsDNA fragments. Users upload desired sequences to SGI-DNA and a reagent plate and oligos are shipped out. The BioXP assembles the fragments overnight. For more information, contact Eric.