NIH Shared Instrument Grants
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has been awarded two grants by the National Institutes of Health, under its Shared Instrumentation Grant (S10) program, to provide new, state-of-the-art research capabilities to the Columbia community.
Professor Clark T. Hung was provided $496,368 for a BioScope Catalyst Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) system (Veeco Instruments, Plainview, NY) integrated with an Olympus IX81 inverted microscope equipped with a Fluoview FV1000 confocal laser scanning system (Olympus, Center Valley, PA) to be housed in the core facilities of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. Assistant Professor Lance C. Kam was provided $178,000 for a uPG101 direct-write laser lithography system (Heidelberg Instruments, Heidelberg, Germany).
The combined AFM / confocal fluorescence platform offers major advances for cellular and tissue-level biomedical research by cross-correlating biomolecular and topological / mechanical data. The laser lithography system provides rapid concept-to-device patterning of structures, accelerating the design process of microscale system.
These systems will accelerate research by NIH-funded investigators from Biomedical Engineering and other departments located across the Morningside and Medical Campuses.