The Research Core Facility at LSU Health Shreveport provides investigators, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students with access to a wide variety of research services, educational/training opportunities and instrumentation.

Located on the 6th floor of the Biomedical Research Institute, each technology is staffed by trained research specialists.  These technologies include flow cytometry, laser capture microdissection, mass spectrometry, microarray, fluorescence, confocal, and super resolution confocal microscopy, next generation sequencing, and real-time PCR. The Research Core Facility supports both the experienced and novice investigator.

We encourage you to explore our facility as well as other Core Facilities on our campus.


Leica TCS SP5 Spectral Confocal Microscope

Nikon A1R Confocal & N-SIM Super Resolution System

Nikon Eclipse TE300 Widefield Microscope

Zeiss AxioObserver Z1 Widefield/Apotome Microscope
Zeiss LSM 510 NLO Confocal/Multiphoton Microscope

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Flow Cytometry

BD Biosciences FACSAriaIII Flow Cytometer/Cell Sorter

BD Biosciences FACSCalibur Flow Cytometer

BD Biosciences LSRII Flow Cytometer

BD Biosciences LSRII-SORP Flow Cytometer

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Affymetrix GeneChip System

Laser Capture Microdissection
Arcturus XT LCM System 

Next Generation Sequencing
Illumina MiSeq Sequencer
Illumina NextSeq 550 Sequencer

Real-Time Quantitative PCR
Bio-Rad CFX96 Fast Real-Time PCR Instruments (3)
Bio-Rad CFX384 Touch Real-Time PCR Instrument

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Mass Spectrometry

Thermo Finnigan Deca XP Max Nanospray LC/MS Mass Spectrometer

Waters SYNAPT High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer

Waters Q-TOF Micro Mass Spectrometer

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Equipment Description & Usage

Using the RCF

To use any of these technologies, investigators must contact the Research Core Facility (RCF) staff to discuss issues involving use, scheduling, fees and training for each of the RCF technologies.  

All users must be trained by Research Core Facility staff.  Training by other users is not sufficient.  Anyone who operates or attempts to operate RCF equipment without proper training will be subject to disciplinary action such as having their future access to the RCF technologies revoked. Training may involve anything from one or more one-on-one sessions with a staff member to formal classes developed by the RCF staff, depending on the specific technology.  Please contact the RCF staff to schedule training in the use of any of the end-user operated instruments in the Core.  Please note that training will NOT be done on a drop-in basis and MUST be scheduled ahead of time.

Data management
The ultimate responsibility for the storage of data generated from experiments or samples analyzed in the RCF belongs to the investigator.  Each investigator (or his or her staff) is provided with a printed and/or electronic copy of all analyses conducted by the staff of the RCF.  Each investigator must ensure that these data are properly stored and protected in his or her laboratory.  The RCF will make every effort to make and retain duplicate electronic copies of those data and will store them on electronic media for a period of three years.  In the event that an investigator cannot locate the original data, he or she should contact the RCF staff immediately to obtain a duplicate copy of the missing data.  In cases where data are generated by the investigator or his or her staff (on end-user operated instruments in the RCF), the individual who runs the experiment must immediately make an electronic copy of those data and keep that copy in the investigator’s lab.  Although the core facility assumes no responsibility for data files left on resident RCF computers, the staff will make every effort to back up these data files on a monthly basis.  All such files will be stored in the RCF for a period of three years.


Kelly Tatchell, PhD
Director, Research Core Facility
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
(318) 675-7769

Paula Polk, MS
Assistant Director, Research Core Facility
(318) 675-4939

Camille Abshire, MS, MDxT-(AAB), CLS (LSBME)
Research Specialist, Genomics
(318) 675-4174

David Custis, MS
Research Specialist, Flow Cytometry
(318) 675-4174

Chaowei Shang, PhD
Research Specialist, Microscopy
(318) 675-8537

Xinggui Shen, PhD
Mass Spectroscopy Specialist
Assistant Professor, Pathology
(318) 675-3371

Ana-Maria Dragoi, MD, PhD
Associate Director, INLET
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
(318) 675-4216

Jennifer Carroll, PhD
Translational Research Specialist, INLET
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
(318) 675-4234

Research Core Facility

Research Core Facility

Research Core Facility

Research Core Facility