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    Equipment and Services

    The IRF houses more than 50 pieces of state-of-the-art, biotechnological equipment to fully support the research and teaching mission of all University of South Carolina campuses.

    Service Areas

    • Histology
    • Confocal Imaging
    • Electron Microscopy
    • Flow Cytometry / Cell Sorting
    • Instrument Training
    • Poster Printing (The IRF prints for Internal USC SOM Research faculty and students only.)
    • Bio-Rad Ordering

    The IRF places a weekly order to BioRad. Internal USC customers may submit a product order through the IRF to receive the School of Medicine discount. Weekly order deadline is 12 p.m. Mondays. Orders submitted to the core after the deadline will be processed the following week. All orders should be placed through iLab.

    Instrument Training

    There are several avenues for individuals to be trained in the IRF. The most direct method is to schedule time with the appropriate staff member for an individual training. Please remember that all staff members have a number of responsibilities and handle requests in the order they were submitted. Expect wait times to average one week. The second method for in-depth training is to register for one of the IRF’s courses.



    Molecular Analysis

    Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting

    Light and Live Cell Microscopy

    Confocal Imaging

    Electron Microscopy

    Small Animal Imaging

    Image Analysis Software

    IRF New User Guide

    Find the IRF New User Guide, here, for all information to get yourself or your lab setup as an IRF user.

    Core Usage Guidelines

    Find the IRF Core Usage Guidelines, here, to view all rules and regulations that users must follow when using the core facilities.

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