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  • Cytotoxic Synapse

    Cytotoxic Synapse

    Lymphocyte-target of interaction captured by Amnis ImageStream

  • Drosophila eye with red omatidia

    SEM of a Normal Drosophila Eye

    With red omatidia, pseudo colored

  • SEM of an Osteoclast

    SEM of an Osteoclast

    Leaving a resorption pit on a bone wafer

  • TEM of Bone

    TEM of Bone (pseudo colored)

    S. aureus (gold) infection and adjacent Neutrophils (pink)

  • Lily anther pollen

    Lily anther pollen

    Image provided by the Light Microscopy SRL

Providing leading edge services and instrumentation to all researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

A Message from the Director

The Shared Resource Laboratories provide an extensive spectrum of trained personnel, innovative, leading edge services and instrumentation to all researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Our highly skilled and continually trained technical personnel provide the proper and timely expertise to bridge the gaps between sophisticated instrumentation and biology. We favor an integrated approach to research yielding more insight and an answer to today's increasingly complex questions.

Whatever it is you need to enhance your research, the Shared Resources Labs has it, will get it, will do it, or will invent it.

Tim Bushnell, PhD, Director, URMC Shared Resource Laboratories

Do you need a write-up to include with your grants or to provide to faculty recruits?  Please click here for the most current version of our Summary Appendix.

SRL News

New Investments in Shared Resources Strengthen Research Capabilities

The Shared Resource Laboratories (SRL) have invested $3 million in the last year in new state-of-the art instrumentation. These advanced technologies will enhance the University’s research capabilities in microscopy, mass spectrometry, genomics, and flow cytometry.
The SRL, which is directed by Tim Bushnell, Ph.D., provide leading edge services and instrumentation to researchers across the University. The new acquisitions were made possible through a combination of internal investment, NIH grant supplements, and NIH SIG grants.

Learn more about these investments!

UR’s Genomics Research Center leads a national technology study on single-cell Genomics

John M. Ashton, Co-Director of UR’s Genomics Research Center (GRC) presented the results comparing single-cell RNA sequencing platforms at the annual meeting of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) Conference in April 2018.  The ABRF’s Genomics Research Group (GRG), that included members from across the nation, conducted the comparison.  See more information about the results at the following link:

Welcome the new Technical Director for Multiphoton SRL!

Yurong Gao, Ph.D. was appointed the new Technical Director of the Multiphoton Shared Resource Laboratory.  Dr. Gao earned her Ph.D. from Penn State and was most recently a Research Fellow in the Division of Biomedical Physics Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Contact Yurong Gao at (585) 276-4827.      

Jackie Lillis Invited to Present Poster at ASH

Jackie Lillis, a Senior Bioinformatician in the Genomics Research Center (GRC) and Center of Pediatric Biomedical Research (CPBR), was selected to present a poster at the 59th Meeting of the American Society of Hematology to be held December 9 through 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her work, in collaboration with Jim Palis and his lab, is entitled ‘Single-Cell Transcriptome Analysis of Embryonic Erythro-Myeloid Progenitor Cells Reveals Lineage Heterogeneity’. 

Authors include: Jacquelyn Lillis1,2, Kathleen E. McGrath1, Seana Cathernman1, Michelle Zanche2, Marlene Balys2, John M. Ashton2,3, James Palis1,4.

1Dept of Pediatrics, 2Genomics Research Center, 3Dept. Of Microbiology & Immunology, and 4Wilmot Cancer Center.

Welcome Dr. Kaye Thomas!

Kaye Thomas, Ph.D. was appointed as the new Technical Director of the Confocal and Conventional Microscopy Resource effective September 1, 2017.  Dr. Thomas joins us from The Rockefeller University where she served as Assistant Director of the Bio-Imaging Resource Center.  She can be reached at (585) 275-1317 or email

Karen Bentley Receives ORS Award

Karen BentleyKaren Bentley, Director of the URMC Electron Microscopy SRL, received the ORS Award for Best Poster Teaser Platform Presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society. 

See more details!