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  • Center for Microbial Ecology Image Analysis System (CMEIAS)


    CMEIAS consists of several custom plug-ins for UTHSCSA ImageTool, a free image analysis software operating on a personal computer in a Windows NT or higher environment. The main objective of CMEIAS is to provide computing tools designed to strengthen microscopy-based approaches for understanding microbial ecology. CMEIAS software contains many measurement features, the most unique of which is an object classifier that automatically categorizes each cell in the image into one of 11 predominant microbial morphotypes, including cocci, spirals, curved rods, U-shaped rods, regular straight rods, unbranched filaments, ellipsoids, clubs, rods with extended prostheca, rudimentary branched rods, and branched filaments. This information is useful for studies on the ecology of microbial populations and communities.

  • Genomics, Flow Cytometry, Bioinformatics, Proteomics, Mass Spectrometry, and IVIS Imaging Services


    S-18 Plant Biology Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.


    The Research Technology Support Facility (RTSF) at Michigan State University is supported and managed by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

    • Bioinformatics Core: The Bioinformatics Core has staff specialists who assist in the computational analysis and presentation of Genomic, Proteomic and other complex datasets.
    • Flow Cytometry Core: The Flow Cytometry Core offers two flow cytometers to the MSU community. Both are multiple laser based optical instruments that analyze cell populations for multiple characteristics simultaneously.
    • Genomics Core: The Genomics Core provides single gene to genomic scale DNA sequencing services, DNA fingerprinting and genotyping, quantitative PCR, microarray printing and analysis. 
    • IVIS Spectrum Imaging Core: New to RTSF is the IVIS Spectrum Imaging Core for quantitative bioluminescent and fluorescent (transmission and reflectance) imaging in vivo and in vitro.
    • Mass Spectrometry Core: The Mass Spectrometry Core uses an array of mass spectral techniques for small molecule identification as well as analyses and for Metabolomic profiling.
    • Proteomics Core: The Proteomics Core offers high-throughput mass spectral protein identification and determination of protein expression patterns.
  • MSU Science Festival (April 2019)


    April 5 - 20, 2019


    Events are held at MSU in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and around the state.


    The MSU Science Festival is an exploration of the science that touches our everyday lives. There are hands-on activities for the whole family, plus demonstrations, discussions, lectures, and tours on topics from astronomy to music to zoology.  MSU researchers and their students share the wonder of science in over 100 diverse offerings for young and old to engage, explore, and inspire.  Events are held at MSU in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and around the state.  The 2019 Science Festival theme is: Unraveling the Mysteries.

  • Research Technology Support Facilities and Services


    The Research Technology Support Facility (RTSF) is a collection of five analytical facilities which provide the fundamental tools for modern life science research. RTSF core facilities include: Bioinformatics core; Flow cytometry core; Genomics core; Imaging-IVIS core; Mass spectrometry and metabolomics core; and proteomics core.


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