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Previous Core Instrumentation Recipients

2021 Core Instrumentation Fund Awardees

Core Instrumentation-Dean’s

Dean’s Name: Andrea Hodge
Equipment: Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
Facility: Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging (CNI)

Dean’s Name: Andrew McMahon
Equipment: BIOSORTER
Facility: BCC Flow Cytometry Facility

Dean’s Name: Catherine Quinlan
Equipment: Various
Facility: USC Libraries

2020 Core Instrumentation Fund Awardees


Awardee: Andrea Hodge
Equipment: Xeuss 3.0
Facility: Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging

Awardee: Andrea Armani
Equipment: Electron Beam Evaporator
Facility: Center of Excellence in Nanofabrication

Awardee: Sue Martin
Equipment: Open Specimen
Facility: Biorepository

Core Instrumentation-Dean’s

Dean’s Name: Yannis Yortsos & Amber Miller
Equipment: EELS Spectrometer and Camera Upgrades
Facility: Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging


Awardee: David Hutchins
Equipment: BD Accuri C6 Plus Flow Cytometer
Facility: Professor Hutchins’ Laboratory

Awardee: Richard Brutchey
Equipment: PELCO BioWave Pro+ Laboratory Microwave and Electron Microscopy Tissue Processing Application Kit
Facility: Core Center of Excellence in Nano Imagining (CNI)

Awardee: Richard Roberts
Equipment: Expi Expression System and a Biotek Plate Reader HTX (S1LFTA)
Facility: Center for Peptide and Protein Engineering

Awardee: Stephen Burke Cronin
Equipment: Broadband Imaging Spectrometer
Facility: SSC 317

2019 Core Instrumentation Fund Awardees

Type A

Awardee: Andrea Armani
Equipment: Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Dicing Saw
Facility: Keck Foundation Photonics Center

Awardee: Steven Nutt
Equipment: Ultimax Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and Symmetry Electron backscatter Detector (EBSD)
Facility: Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging (CNI)

Awardee: Xiaojiang Chen
Equipment: Atomic Force Microscope
Facility: NanoBiophysics

Type B

Awardee: Travis Williams
Equipment: High Temperature GPC
Facility: USC Center of Excellence for Molecular Characterization

Core Instrumentation-Dean’s

Dean’s Name: Amber Miller & Yannis Yortsos
Equipment: A1R HD Multiphoton and Visible Confocal Imaging System
Facility: Translational Imaging Center

Dean’s Name: Yannis Yortsos
Equipment: Focused Ion Beam (FIB)/Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) – FEI Helios G4 PFIB Uxe
Facility: Center of Excellence in Nano Imaging (CNI)

Dean’s Name: Vassilios Papadopoulos
Equipment: RapifleX MALDI Tissuetyper. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry (MS)
Facility: School of Pharmacy Translational Research Laboratory

2018 Core Instrumentation Fund Awardees

Type A

Awardee: Richard Roberts
Equipment: Biotage Peptide Synthesis Lab Package
Facility: Peptide Production Core (new core facility)

Awardee: Scott Fraser
Equipment: FEI Talos F200C G2, w/High Pressure Freezer and Automatic Freeze Substitution
Facility: Center for Nanoscale Imaging (formerly CEMMA)

Awardee: Rong Lu
Equipment: S3e Cell Sorter
Facility: Flow Cytometry Core Facility

Awardee: Andrea Armani
Equipment: Ellipsometer/Microscope
Facility: Keck Foundation Photonics Center

Awardee: Annie Wong-Beringer
Equipment: Seahorse XFe96 and XFp
Facility: School of Pharmacy Translational Research Laboratory

Awardee: Wendy Cozen
Equipment: TMA Grand Master and accompanying required LED monitor, barcoder
Facility: Translational Pathology Core Facility (Population-Based Arm)

Awardee: Daniel Campo
Equipment: NextSeq 550: a versatile and powerful DNA sequencer
Facility: UPC Genome Core

Core Instrumentation-Dean’s

Awardee: Laura Mosqueda
Equipment: Flow Cytometry Core Facility Equipment Funding Request
Facility: BD FACSSymphony

Awardee: Yannis Yortsos
Equipment: Acquisition of an electron beam writer for nanolithography
Facility: Keck Photonics Center


Awardee: Shahab Asgharzadeh
Equipment: Automated Imaging Mass Cytometry Instrumentation
Facility: Hyperion Module and Leica Bond Rx

2017 Core Instrumentation Fund Awardees

Type A

Awardee: Amir Goldkorn
Equipment: RareCyte CyteFinder/CytePicker and Leica BOND RXm
Facility: the Circulating Tumor Cell Research Core

Awardee: Andrea Armani
Equipment: PlasmaPro ICP
Facility: Photonics Center

Awardee: Steven Nutt
Equipment: FEI NovaNano SEM 450 with Thermo Scientific 100 mm 2 UltraDry Premium EDS
Facility: CEMMA

Awardee: Xiaojiang Chen
Equipment: Zetasizer Nano Z system (ZEN5600)
Facility: Center of Excellence in Nanobiophysics Core

Awardee: Peter Conti
Equipment: Automated Radiosynthesizer (GE)
Facility: USC Molecular Imagining Center – Small Animal Imaging Core

Type B

Awardee: Janos Peti-Peterdi
Equipment: Nikon A1R-MP+ multiphoton microscope
Facility: Cell & Tissue Imaging

2016 Core Instrumentation Fund Awardees

Awardee: Andrew McMahon
Equipment: Lecia Sp8 Upright Confocal Microscope
Facility: Broad CIRM Center for Microscopy

Awardee: John O’Brien
Equipment: SUSS MicroTec Double-sided Mask Aligner
Facility: Center of Excellence in Nanofabrication

This is a key pattern definition tool for the nanofabrication core facility. The proposed mask aligner will be installed when it arrives in the current nanofabrication facility, and then it will be moved into the new cleanroom when it opens. The nanofabrication core facility supports the research efforts of between 25 and about 33 research groups at any one time. This proposal represents a continuing effort to upgrade the fabrication tools in the lab.

Awardee: Steve Nutt
Equipment: Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer
Facility: Center of Excellence for Microscopy and Analysis

This spectrometer will enable USC researchers to quickly identify trace elements in their materials, measure the thickness of thin film heterostructures, and resolve spectroscopic peak overlaps. The instrument will provide a tool for accurate, quick, nondestructive, and quantitative bulk material analysis.

Awardee: Travis Williams
Equipment: PPMS Expansion Tools
Facility: Center of Excellence for Molecular Characterization

The acquisition of several pieces of equipment that will expand and empower the capabilities of an existing Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS) system at USC. The PPMS is an open
architecture, variable temperature and magnetic field cryostat for characterizing the magnetic and electrical transport properties of materials. Intended to enhance our ability to characterize electrical transport in highly resistive materials as encountered in semiconducting oxides, highk dielectrics, nanoparticle thin films, and organic/hybrid photovoltaic devices.

Awardee: John O’Brien
Equipment: Oxford Instruments PlasmaPro System 100/1 Seco
Facility: Vivian Hall of Engineering

The reactive ion etching (RIE) tool would compliment the PECVD facility. The PECVD facility allows cleanroom users to deposit thin films of silicon dioxide and silicon nitride. The RIE tool is used to pattern these thin films. This tool will be used by all of the research groups in the facility and the films that are patterned are part of a set of fundamental processes involved in lithographically patterning semiconductors.

Awardee: Xiaojiang Chen
Equipment: MicroCal Isothermal Titration Calorimeters (MicroCal PEAQ-ITC)
Facility: Nanobiophysics core facility

MicroCal ITC is the instrument that can directly measures heat released or absorbed during biochemical binding events, from which it calculates binding affinity (KD), stoichiometry (n), enthalpy (ΔH), and entropy (ΔS). It is widely used to study the biomolecular interactions between molecules as well as changes in conformation. The applications range from fundamental research such as the understanding and regulation of signal transduction pathways to drug discovery.

2015 Core Instrumentation Fund Awardee

Awardee: David Hinton
Equipment: N-STORM Single Molecule Super-Resolution and Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope system.
Facility: Cell and Tissue Imaging Core Facility

The N-STORM allows imaging of biological samples with a 20 fold increase in resolution of conventional confocal microscopes. The imaging method consists of sequentially activating individual photoswitchable fluorophores on biological samples to build super-resolved images of biological processes with a precision better than 20 nm

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