Our Innovation services are listed below. If you would like more information, please download and complete our request form.

Experimental Consultation & Bioinformatics

  • Advice and information on starting a microbiome project or on how to use our technological resources and those of our affiliated centers and research groups to develop projects that test biological function
  • Review sequencing data and discuss microbes of interest
  • Bioinformatic analysis of your data sets (coming soon)

Clinical Microbiome Service

Bruker MALDI Biotyper

The Bruker MALDI Biotyper CA System identifies microorganisms using MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry to determine the unique protein fingerprint of an organism.

  • Microbiome cultivation of targeted species from stool or other samples
  • Inflammatory bowel disease microbiome biorepository of well-defined studies or patient groups that will allow longitudinal sampling and analysis of the same micorbiome species over the course of treatment, progression, or clinical trial


Shel Lab's BACTRON900 can house up to 900 plates.

Equipment & Technologies
Bruker matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry, Shel Lab Bactron900 anaerobic chamber


Microbiome & Host Imaging

  • Isolate single cells, mucus layers or anatomical structures from histological samples 
  • Determine spatial relationship between specific species of microbiome and host tissue  
  • Specific probes for microbial species

Equipment & Technologies
Leica laser capture microdissection microscope (LMD7000), Leica fluorescent microscope (DM4)


Leica LMD7000

Specimen collection by gravity – contact-free and contamination-free. Laser Microdissection (LMD) makes it possible to distinguish between relevant and non-relevant cells or tissues. It enables the researcher to obtain homogeneous, ultra-pure samples from heterogeneous starting material.

Leica DM4

The Leica DM4 M manual routine inspection microscope offers advanced capability and optics in a platform with modern functionality for imaging, measuring and analyzing similar features across many samples and materials.

Host-Microbiome Interactions

  • In vivo models: disease models
  • In vitro models: human and murine intestinal organoids, epithelial cells lines
  • Molecular and cellular immune assays 
  • Screen potential therapeutics in any of these models

Equipment & Technologies
Human intestinal organoids for drug and bacterial screening, LICOR Odyssey Fc Imaging system, gnotobiotic facility, affiliated resource through the Gnotobiotic Animal Core (GNAC), Luminex multiplex cytokine assays

Intestinal organoids

With just a tiny tissue sample, we have the ability to actually grow three-dimensional intestinal organoids or “mini-guts”