Shared Resources Consortium

Former Vice Chancellor Economou created the shared resources consortium (SRC) in 2011, in partnership with the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM), the Clinical & Translational Research Institute (CTSI), the Broad Stem Cell Research Center (BSCRC) and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC).  The mission of the SRC was to distribute funds on a competitive basis to support instrumentation for existing and proposed Shared Resources (SRs) located on the UCLA campus.

The research enterprise at UCLA is highly dependent on the services offered by SRs. At the time of the formation of the SRC, an analysis had revealed that the campus had approximately 135 shared resources at UCLA in support of research-related activities. A number of observations were made including that:

  • There was an absence of a campus wide system to track these resources
  • Several shared resources were operating with significant deficits
  • There were opportunities for standardization
  • There were limited resources or processes to evaluate requests for support or capital input for new goods, services and equipment

It was recognized that the future competitiveness of our investigators, and the international reputation enjoyed by UCLA, is enhanced by this important infrastructure.  The partners determined that the campus and faculty members would benefit from timely access, at the lowest possible cost, to the services and instrumentation provided by SRs. At the time of the formation of the SRC, SRs were being supported by recharges, grants and significant amounts of institutional funds. However, this model was increasingly under pressure because of the unreliability of the latter two revenue sources. The partners collaborated to establish a three year fund for investing in shared resources that met specific criteria and were selected through a competitive process. 

Initiation Date

The SRC was formed in FY11 with the first funding cycle occurring in FY12. 

Status

The SRC is no longer active. The final funding cycle occurred in FY14.

Funding award recipients:

There were three funding cycles. Please refer to the tables below for information about the programs and resources selected for funding.

Spring 2014 Awardees

The SRC received 28 applications requesting $3,124,375 in funding. A total of $1,098,886 was allocated to the following 11 applicants from DGSOM, HSSEAS, Life Sciences Division and Physical Sciences Division:

Recipient

UCLA Department (School or Division)

Shared Resource

Freimer, Nelson

Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences (DGSOM)

Neuroscience Genomics Core

Gimzewski, James

Chemistry and Biochemistry (Physical Sciences)

Nano and Pico Characterization Lab

Jacobsen, Steve

Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology (Life Sciences)

BSCRC Sequencing Core

Jamieson, Beth

Medicine | Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (DGSOM)

Flow Cytometry Core

Kakoulli, Ioanna

Materials Science and Engineering (HSSEAS)

Molecular and Nano Archaeology Lab

Pajonk, Frank

Radiation Oncology (DGSOM)

Experimental Radiation Therapy Service

Pridhodko, Sergey

Materials Science and Engineering (HSSEAS)

Molecular and Nano Archaeology Lab

Reed, Elaine

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (DGSOM)

Immune Assessment Core

Rosenzwieg, James

Physics and Astronomy (Physical Sciences)

P&A Mechanical Shop

Weiss, Shimon

Chemistry and Biochemistry (Physical Sciences)

Advanced Light Microscopy/Spec Center

Zhou, Hong

Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (Life Sciences)

Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines

Total Awarded:

 $1,098,866

Spring 2013 Awardees

During the 2012-2013 year, the SRC reviewed 26 applications requesting $2,620,051 in funding. Of these, 11 received funding and a total of $1,537,508 was distributed. Figure 2 provides information about the distribution of SRC funding.

Recipient

UCLA Department

Shared Resource

Bradley, Kenneth, PhD

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

Molecular Screening

Papp, Jeanette, PhD

Department of Human Genetics

UCLA DNA Genotyping and Sequencing Core

Zhou, Hong, PhD

Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

Electron Imaging Center for NanoMachines

Jamieson, Beth, PhD

Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

Flow Cytometry

Tripati, Aradhna, PhD

Departments of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics

Paleooceonography Lab

Candler, Robert, PhD

Department of Electrical Engineering

Nanoelectrics Research Facility

Feigon, Juli, PhD

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

UCLA-DOE/Biosciences NMR Core

Weiss, Shimon, Sc.D.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advanced Light Microscopy/Spectroscopy Lab

Bookheimer, Susan, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Strouse, Jane, PhD (1)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Crystallography Lab

Chatziioannou, Arion, PhD

Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

Small Animal Imaging

 

Spring 2012 Awardees

In the inaugural spring 2012 cycle, there were 31 applications representing 17 departments across the campus. Below, please find a list of the recipients that were selected for funding.  

Recipient

UCLA Department

Summary of Project

Baldwin, Gayle

Department of Medicine

Request for funding for multiple equipment upgrades, including liquid nitrogen (N2) storage system, autoMACs Pro Separator liquid nitrogen, and guava easyCyte 6/2L Flow Cytometer.

Candler, Robert

Department of Electrical Engineering

Funding to purchase the Cambridge's Fiji F200 Atomic Layer Deposition system (ALD).

Fanselow, Michael

Department of Psychology

Acquisition of a computer-automated behavioral testing method system, the Bussey-Saksida Touch Screen Chambers for Rats.

Faull, Kym

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Upgrade the recently acquired Agilent 6550 QTOF instrument; the Agilent 1260 Infinity Chip Cube MS interface includes the Chip Cube, MS installation kit, nanospray ion source with camera and monitor, and two HPLC-Chips.

Freimer, Nelson

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Request for support to upgrade two existing Illumina HiSeq 2000 next generation sequencers and salary support for a dedicated senior staff.

Goorsky, Mark

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Purchase a high brightness x-ray source and a high temperature environmental stage enhancement, the Anton-Paar Domed Hot Stage for Four-Circle Goniometers: DHS 900.

Graeber, Thomas

Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

Acquisition of a newly developed hybrid accurate mass, high resolution quadrupole Orbitrap mass spectrometer (MS), the Q-Exactive. Equipment also includes a Dionex Ultimate 2-dimension liquid chromatography (LC) system.

Harrison, Mark

Department of Earth and Space Sciences

UCLA Ion Microprobe Facility request for funding of the TESCAN Vega 3 XMU scanning electron microscope (SEM).

Haykinson, Michael

Department of Biological Chemistry

Request for funds to purchase the linear ion trap LTQ mass spectrometer (MS) from Thermo Scientific. Equipment will be connected to existing nanoLC-2D liquid chromatography system from Eksigent to create a powerful LC-MS instrument for protein identification.

Jamieson, Beth

Department of Medicine

Funding for accommodation of important safety features and aerosol containment upgrades for existing AriaIII FACSVantage sorter.

Li, Xinmin

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Funding support for upgrade of the Illumina HiSeq2000 to HiSeq2500, and purchase of 20 TB data storage space from Hoffman2.

Prikhodko, Sergey

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Acquisition of a multi-wavelength Raman spectrometer (RS) to be coupled with an existing state-of-the-art field emission gun variable pressure scanning electron microscope (FEGVPSEM) equipped with secondary (SE) and backscattered electron (BSE) detectors and an energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer (EDS).

Roos, Kenneth

Department of Physiology

Replacement and upgrade of currently obsolete Data Sciences International (DSI) telemetry system with new state of the art hardware and software, including Data Sciences Telemetry System, Siemens Acuson C256 Ultrasound Machine and Mouse RotaRod Treadmill.