Animal Resources Center (ARC)

The Animal Resource Center is staffed with specialized personnel in animal care and handling to support research and education activities.  The center houses small and large animals in its 7,700 squares feet facility and provides information concerning purchasing, basic husbandry, quarantine, and veterinary medical care of laboratory animals.

The center also provides technical assistance and advice dealing with animal species used for investigation and supports the research programs by making readily available animals, materials and animal husbandry supplies.

The center is equipped with specialized areas to provide the following services: necropsy, stock and treatment, quarantine, bedding, cage washing and storage.  The facilities also include an experimental surgery area with surgical, scrub, sterilizing, and recovery rooms.

Handbook for the Use of Animal
Laboratory Internal Materials and/or Animal Form
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Contact Information
Lic. Betzaida Torres Rivera

Behavioral Testing Facility

The Behavioral Testing Facility was created to facilitate the development of neuroscience research at the Universidad Central del Caribe recognizing the importance of behavioral testing.  The facility has two mayor components: A) the equipment infrastructure and B) the technical support division.    The facility offers equipment for remote behavior visualization (RBV).


Contact Information
Legier V. Rojas, Ph.D.


Biomedical Proteomic Facility

The mission of the facility is to accelerate discovery by giving UCC investigators access to cutting edge technologies in proteomics and in mass spectrometry. The facility stimulates the use of 2D gels and protein analysis, via the software PD-Quest, by the faculty. The aim is to provide separation and  mass spectrometry techniques for the quantitative analysis of the proteome.  One major objective is to identify disease and other relevant biological markers.

Available Equipment

Contact Information
Nawal Boukli, Ph.D.


Common Instrumentation and Technical Support Unit

Is a core area housing major equipment such as ultracentrifuges, freezers, spectrophotometers, gamma counters, etc, as well as the centralized cell culture facility.  The unit fosters equipment sharing, centralizes maintenance of equipment and provides repair for the  equipment of all the projects.

Available Equipment

Contact Information
Misty Eaton, Ph.D.


Data Management and Statistical Research Support Unit (DMSRSU)

The DMSRSU provides study design, data management, quality assurance, and statistical analysis support for UCC researchers.  The DMSRSU has a strong infrastructure which includes the following subunits: Data Abstraction and Management; Data Entry; Quality Control; Data Analysis and Consultant; and Administrative and Computer Systems. Each of these subunits consists of experienced professionals readily available to assist researchers and to provide data management and statistical research support to investigators.  In addition, the DMSRSU counts on a highly experienced and reliable consulting team.

Contact Information
Diana M. Fernández, Ed.D.


HIV and Substance of Abuse Laboratory Core

The laboratory supports research in the areas of HIV/AIDS and substances of abuse.  Specialized    facilities are made available to researchers for scientific studies in fields of immunology, drugs of abuse, HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases.  The core lab provides researchers with assays for nucleic acids detection, virus genotyping, flow cytometric phenotyping, lymphocyte proliferation, cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic activity, cytokine and chemokine determinations, and drugs of abuse quantification.

Available Equipment

Contact Information
Eddy Ríos Olivares, Ph.D., M.P.H.


Immunocytochemistry Laboratory

The immunocytochemistry laboratory specializes in the qualitative identification and localization of cells bearing selective markers by employing specific antibodies to these molecules.

Contact Information
Serguei Skatchkov, Ph.D.


Neuronal Glia Culture Facility

The goal of the facility is to assist UCC investigators in the use of cultured neurons, glias and organotypic cultures. The cultures are used for patch clamping after in vitro treatments with drugs of addiction or inhibitors and for in vitro models of neurodegenerative diseases. The core facility consists of a coordinator and a technician.  Neuronal cultures are prepared from fetal cortex, hippocampus or astrocytes from cerebral cortex.

Contact Information
Pedro Ferchmin, Ph.D.


Optical Imaging Facility

The facility offers microscope-based systems that allow the assessment of cellular responses, such as calcium signaling with fast temporal resolution.  The facility offers 1) Confocal imaging services; 2) Brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast, Nomarski and epi-fluorescence imaging; 3) High spatial and temporal resolution imaging, 4) Collection of serial sections (Deconvolution capabilities) and 5) Morphometric analysis.

Available Equipment

Contact Information
Priscila Sanabria, Ph.D.


Protein and Nucleic Acid Core Facility

The Protein and Nucleic Acid Core Facility (PNACF) aids in the transition from classical to molecular analysis of the problems being addressed by faculty members.   PNACF focuses on faculty training, seminars, training on specialized molecular biology techniques, protein expression and protein purification and characterization.

Available Equipment

Contact Information
Krishna Baksi, Ph.D.


Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory

The TEM laboratory provides access to ultrastructural analysis of biological specimens via a Jeol 100 CX transmission electron microscope.  The TEM is equipped with AMT 4 MP digital camera to facilitate image acquisition and 3D reconstruction from serial sections.  In addition, to conventional EM procedures of in situ and cell culture specimens the laboratory also offers immunogold labeling and the visualization of fluorescent dyes after photoconversion.

Contact Information
Nadezhda Sabeva