Other WSU Core Facilities
Operated by the College of Veterinary Medicine, this laboratory analyzes and sorts cells using 8 different parameters for biotechnology research and the diagnosis of health disorders. Flow cytometry is a powerful tool for critically analyzing individual cells and other biological particles. Using this technology, the expression of proteins on the surface of cells can be analyzed while simultaneously investigating cell complexity and size. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting, a component of flow cytometry, allows specific subsets of cells to be isolated and purified from a heterogeneous mixture of cells. This technology has been used to determine the cell types of malignancies and to monitor cell populations following infection, disease course, and immunization studies.
Safeguarding the health of animals and the public has been the mission of WADDL since it was established in 1974. The laboratory is an integral part of a network of tax-supported state diagnostic reference facilities throughout the U.S. dedicated to bettering animal and human health by protecting the public from animal-borne diseases.
Advice and consultation are provided to practicing veterinarians, animal industry groups, state and federal regulatory officials, and physicians. For example, veterinarians can send samples to WADDL and other network labs for analysis with the fastest diagnostic techniques available. In partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, WADDL keeps systematic watch for West Nile Virus, and surveys animal populations for the presence of other diseases that could infect humans, such as plague and tularemia. WADDL scientists also play a central role in the university’s Food and Water-Borne Disease Research Group, which investigates diseases that pass from animals to humans through food or water.
Researchers in the biological and biomedical sciences use the center’s technology to study the immune system and how microorganisms can cause disease. The technology is pivotal in research related to vaccine development, disease resistance, and for food and companion animals.
Non-instrumentation core facilities
Experts at the SESRC conduct social science surveys and evaluations that shed new light on people’s opinions, needs, behaviors, attitudes, and preferences. They can help design research methodologies, develop questionnaires, and determine which research population best fits an investigator’s needs. The SESRC provides a number of other services, including helping to identify focus groups, data entry and verification, mass-mailing processing, and the creation of customized online data collection programs. The SESRC has been involved in over 1,400 projects for organizations as varied as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the National Park Service, and the Washington State Patrol.
This group brings together faculty members with expertise in statistics. It coordinates consultation and assistance in statistical analysis to facilitate faculty collaborations. It also provides statistical support for research grants and training grants. Consortium faculty members collaborate with and educate faculty and graduate students on research-related statistical problems, ranging from basic applied tests to advanced analyses requiring novel tools. They match statistical expertise with research needs, help coordinate statistical course offerings across WSU, and stimulate interaction, learning, and professional growth in applied statistics.