Welcome to the Biophysics Core Facility!
We have a wide range of
and expertise to assist you in characterizing your molecule of
interest. From absolute properties to kinetic studies, we provide
the tools, training,
and assistance for quantitative analysis of macromolecules and their
interactions. Please click
on the instrument links in the fee schedule below for more information
about our equipment.
The Facility is located at 929 E. 57th St, at the University of Chicago's Gordon Center for Integrative Science, Room W102. Please contact us by email (svilensk AT bsd.uchicago.edu) or by phone (773.702.5508).
Our hours vary, but we are generally open
from 9:30a until 6p on weekdays. We do everything possible to
ensure that all registered and trained users have after-hours access.
All user data is accessible online via our FTP, at:
http://biophysicsftp.uchicago.edu:8000 or ftp://biophysicsftp.uchicago.edu
Fees for Non-Commercial Users
The Biophysics Core Facility offers complete analytical ultracentrifugation service and assistance via the UIC Center for Structural Biology's Beckman Optima XL-I. A 3-cell run, including cell assembly, experimental design, and instrument operation, costs $675. Data analysis costs $200 per cell.
For quick absorbance measurements, we maintain a NanoDrop ND-1000 for free use in GCIS W110, a few doors down from our main laboratory.
Rates are calculated
on the operating cost of the facility, taking into account projected
usage and funding from the Biological Sciences Division, the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute,
and other sources. Our goal is to ensure that
income from user fees does not exceed that needed to perpetuate the
service on a self-sustaining basis.