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Biomedical Instrumentation Center


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

BIC is located on the ground floor of B building in rooms G230 - G242.

Take the freight elevator in B bldg down to the ground floor
Make a left at the exercise room and go to the end of the hall
Make a right and BIC is halfway down the hall on your left

Genomics: Instruments

ABI 3500xL Genetic Analyzer

ABI 3500xL Genetic Analyzer Picture

The 3500xL 24-capillary platform can run a wide variety of applications, including de novo sequencing and resequencing (mutational profiling), as well as microsatellite analysis, MLPA, LOH, MLST, AFLP and SNP validation or screening. The majority of applications can be run on a single polymer and capillary array. The 3500 Series Data Collection Software integrates seamlessly with several downstream software packages to provide comprehensive analysis of genetic data.

ABI 3900 DNA Synthesizer

ABI 3900 High Throughput DNA Synthesis Systemr - Graphical Picture

The ABI 3900 synthesizer is an economical, versatile, high-throughput platform that synthesizes DNA oligonucleotides with fast cycle times, low reagent consumption, and incomparable reliability. This system is ideal for synthesizing primers of various lengths and includes optimized cycles for producing dye-labeled primers and probes. It has the flexibility to synthesize sequences with lengths greater than 50-mer at scales of 40 nmol, 1 micromol, and 0.2 micromol and can synthesize all three scales in one run.

High throughput:

  • Produces up to 288 primer length oligos at 40 and 200 nmol scales in less than 10 hours (six runs of 48).
  • Capable of making 12 oligos at 40 and 200 nmol scales in less than one hour, producing high-quality oligonucleotides.

Roche LightCycler 480 Real-Time PCR System

Roche LightCycler 480 Real-Time PCR System

The plate-based LightCycler 480 System is a highly adaptable and versatile real-time PCR system for the analysis of gene expression and genetic variation. The cutting-edge instrument design, technical and software features, as well as the advanced reagents and disposables of the LightCycler 480 System, exceed the demands of fast, accurate, and challenging real-time PCR applications.

Systec MediaPrep & Plate Pourer

Systec MediaPrep amp; Plate Pourer

The new Systec MediaPrep system prepares and sterilizes media in less than 90 minutes. Prepared media is dispensed via a flexible tube directly connected to the plate pourer. The plate pourer is a compact, automated Petri dish filler, controlled by a graphical interface. It can pour any depth plate and up to 900 Petri dishes an hour.