CBIS Facilities

Stem Cell Research

The Stem Cell Research Core is located on the first floor in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.

For information about equipment, training and other resources available through the Stem Cell Core, please visit the Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research website.

Contact Information: 

Marimar Lopez, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Director, Research Cores

This brand new NYSTEM-funded facility is equipped with state-of-the-art cell culturing and imaging equipment. The Stem Cell Research Core is a recharge facility designed to provide equipment and training to enable stem cell research at RPI, throughout the Capital District and upstate NY using existing stem cell lines.

The Stem Cell Research Core provides comprehensive support for basic stem cell research with tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Our state-of-the-art multi laboratory facility supports collaborative projects involving cell biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and informatics research.

We offer consultation for academic and industry partners regarding the design and performance of investigations, including the selection of cell types, phenotypic analysis, and imaging strategies.

The laboratory is a fully-equipped aseptic cell culture facility that supports hypoxic studies and rapid workflow development including automated liquid handling, high-content and time-lapse imaging, and specialized algorithms for data analysis.

We also provide stem cell-dedicated cell culture equipment, including tabletop centrifuges; two Olympus CKX inverted microscopes; two Olympus SZX stereo microscopes; 4 °C, –20 °C, –80 °C and liquid nitrogen storage; dedicated space for derivation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) and transgenic cell lines.

Take advantage of theoretical and technical training, including the fundamentals of stem cell biology and pluripotency; stem cell-specific culture conditions and techniques; principles of developmental biology that guide stem cell science; methods of transgenesis; considerations for live cell imaging and in vivo studies.

We offer a Resource Room with a work-station for data analysis; product and equipment information; meeting notes, abstracts, and journals.

Policy for Use: 

Access Policies, Rates & Fees, and Guidelines  & Regulations are all posted on the Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research website here.

If your work in the Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research contributes to a publication, please acknowledge the “RPI Stem Cell Research Facility, funded by NYSTEM C026717.”

To gain access to the Stem Cell Research facility, each individual must meet the following prerequisites.

  1. A signed statement of interests form must be returned by the head of laboratory.
  2. The user must complete the stem cell training module in the RPI Traincaster system, in addition to the laboratory safety and bloodborne pathogens modules.
  3. If working with human adult or embryonic stem cells, the user must be listed on an approved ISCRO protocol covering the types of experiments to be performed.
  4. Documentation of provenance or material transfer agreement must be forwarded to the facility director.
  5. Each user must complete hands-on orientation with the facility director, regardless of prior experience.


Annual Membership

Membership rate is per year and per person ($). Rates are subject to change without further notice.  

Equipment needed for daily cell culture – biosafety cabinets, incubators, inverted brightfield and stereo microscopes, refrigerated tabletop centrifuge, water bath, water purification system, refrigerators, freezers and liquid nitrogen storage.
Personal Protective Equipment – lab coats, gloves, shoe covers, face masks
Quality Control – monthly mycoplasma testing of all cell lines maintained in the facility, quarterly microbial testing of laboratory space, staff maintenance of aseptic conditions

As with other core facilities at RPI, all reagents, most consumables and special items are the responsibility of the user.

Valid through June 30, 2015.

  RPI Users External Nonprofit External Industry External Industry Partners
Full Membership $2000 $3240 $6480 $5832