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 a Q-PCR machine, a NanoDrop quantifier and plate luminometers. We take pride in providing more specialized equipment such as a contact microarray printer, microwave peptide synthesizer and three-dimensional printers. We are especially interested in hosting cutting edge technology found in equipment such as the Illumina HiSeq2000. Our staff provides support and training for all of our resources.
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.UPDATES: Due to increased reagent costs from Illumina, sequencing rates will be slightly increased starting in May. Also, the CAT can now perform rapid runs. If you have any runs besides single-read 50s, this will be your way to get samples on without waiting for 8 lanes to fill up. Please see the sequencing page for more information. (2013-05-06) An optical head mask has been installed on the Veritas luminometer. This has significantly cut down on crosstalk between adjacent wells. Contact Eric if you have any questions or want to see the data. (2013-02-11)