Tissue Culture and Molecular

The Tissue Culture and Molecular core provides visual science investigators (with priority for those with qualifying NEI R01 grants) with facilities and technical assistance for the maintenance and propagation of ocular and other cell types, as well as genotyping, RT and Q-PCR, Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), and Adeno-Associated Virus vector production.

The broad functions of Tissue Culture Module are:

  • isolation of primary cells from ocular tissue;
  • maintenance and passage of established cell lines, including storage;
  • large scale amplification of cell lines;
  • training in growth and maintenance of cells as well as training on module equipment;
  • strategic advice in planning experiments and determining their feasibility.

The core provides genotyping of mice, including cell-specific knockout mice. The core provides consultation/assistance on recombinant (r) AAV virus vector design and construction as well as assistance to the PI or staff for in vitro functional assessment. The core also assists large scale high quality AAV packaging through an external provider with discounted price. Equipment available for use in the Tissue Culture portion of the module includes:

  • Two single chamber water jacketed CO2 incubator
  • Eppendorf 5804 benchtop centrifuge
  • Olympus CK- 2 inverted tissue culture microscope
  • Leica DMIL LED inverted fluorescence microscope with digital camera
  • Hypoxia chamber
  • Two biological safety cabinets
  • Three cryobiological storage vessels

Equipment available for use in the Molecular portion includes:

  • Spectromax Plus 364 spectrophotometer and plate reader for absorbance
  • Spectromax Gemini EM plate reader for fluorescence
  • Mastercycler PCR
  • Bio-Rad CFX Connect Real-time PCR
  • Applied Biosystems 7300 PCR
  • FluorChem E imager
  • Qubit 3.0 Fluorometer
  • Nexcelom Cellometer Vision

Please complete the work order and submit to core manager.

Pricing Information

Hood Usage: $5.00/hour
Liquid Nitrogen Storage: $5.00/month


Ahalya Pitchaikannu
Module Manager
Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences
7350 Scott Hall
Phone: 313-577-0748




Jena Steinle, Ph.D.
Module Director
Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences
9314 Scott Hall
Phone: 313-577-9731