Facilities

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The McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research is centrally located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The McArdle facility contains approximately 59,000 sq.ft. of space devoted to its research, teaching, and administrative functions. The research laboratories and staff offices are located on floors 2-8. Service facilities are located in the basement (one-half floor), and on the 1st, 8th, 9th, and 10th floors. The 11th floor contains a small seminar room, two conference rooms, and office space for Emeritus faculty.

The Laboratory is well equipped for our research needs, and during the past 5-10 years we have undertaken an extensive program to renovate the research facilities at the McArdle Laboratory. We have modernized approximately 17,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space (over half of the net research space). In addition to providing us with facilities better suited to our current research methods, this modernization allowed us to relocate in the building some research groups to enhance opportunities for scientific interactions.

The research laboratories of the faculty occupy approximately 32,000 square feet, with an additional 2,500 square feet of space provided for shared instrument rooms and cold rooms on each research floor. Our ability to do research is enhanced greatly by the availability of a large number of well-run shared service or core facilities that occupy a total of approximately 7,500 square feet. These service facilities include: an animal care facility, a darkroom, a flow cytometry facility, a glassware washing and sterilizing facility, a histotechnology laboratory, a phosphorimager, an irradiation facility, a radioactive isotope counting facility, a reading room, a storeroom/receiving room, and a computer network. These facilities/services are described briefly below. In addition, the building contains a lecture room, a small seminar room, and three conference rooms.

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Computer Network

Personal computers in the Department are linked to the Internet, UW Campus network, and to a departmental network server. Tim Anderson, room 1018A McArdle, is responsible for the departmental network.

(Please note that UW-Madison has an Electronic Devices Policy that requires all campus users to run up-to-date anti-virus software, keep security patches updated and, whenever possible, maintain a dedicated firewall. Please see the Division of Information Technology website for more information.)

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Darkroom

The darkroom is located on the eighth floor of the McArdle Laboratory.  It is equipped with a Biorad Gel Camera System, a Gel Doc XR PC Multicolor Fluorescent Imaging System, a Fotodyne Polaroid Camera, a Panasonic Camera, a Storm analyzer that quantifies fluorescent samples, and a Typhoon 8610 variable mode imager.  The darkroom is also equipped with an automated Film Processor for X-ray developing and a manual developing station for the same.

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Flow Cytometry Facility

The UW Carbone Cancer Center Flow Cytometry Facility provides the instrumentation for the rapid measurement of molecules in or on single cells with the use of multiple light sources and fluorescent compounds.  Currently the McArdle facility, located on the first floor of the Laboratory, is equipped with one Becton Dickinson FACSCalibur [containing two air cooled lasers (488nM, 633nM); 4-color capability] for analysis and one Becton Dickinson FACSVantage SE with FACSDiVa digital upgrade [containing 3 lasers: Argon tunable laser (488nM, 514nm, 457nM, UV), Krypton tunable laser (UV, 405nM, 413nM, 568nM, 647nM), and a 633nM HeNe; 9-color capability] for sorting and/or analysis applications.  Please visit the Flow Facility’s website for more information regarding equipment, capabilities, how to use the facility, and many other resources.

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Glassware Washing and Sterilizing Facility

All glassware washing and autoclaving for McArdle investigators is performed in this facility. Materials are picked up from the laboratories, washed and/or autoclaved in the first-floor facility, and returned to the laboratories. Washing and autoclaving procedures are established specially for each research group.

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Histotechnology Laboratory

The UWCCC Histotechnology Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Henry C. Pitot and Dr. Ruth Sullivan, is equipped to perform a wide range of services. The work performed includes the preparation of histological sections from both paraffin-embedded and cryostat material, histochemical staining (for gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase, glucose-6-phosphatase, ATPase, etc.), special stains (such as PAS, Giemsa, iron), and special procedures (autoradiography, immunohistochemistry, block preparations of cell pellets or embryoid bodies, in situ staining, and histochemistry and autoradiography of cell cultures).

In October 2010 the Histotechnology Laboratory moved to WIMR. There continues to be a specimen drop off/pickup point at McArdle Laboratory (1st floor Stockroom area), in addition to the new location at WIMR (room 4018). Please review the guidelines for dropping off specimens in the 'Using the Facility' section. These guidelines need to be followed, especially for specimens from McArdle that will be transported to WIMR by truck services. For additional information, please visit the Experimental Pathology Shared Service web page.

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Irradiation Facility

A cesium irradiator (J. L. Sheppard Mark I unit), housed in B23 McArdle, is suitable for irradiation of both cell cultures and small animals. All users must have trustworthy and reliability statements completed by their principal investigators and attend an instructional course to be certified to use the facility. Contact the UW Safety Department's Radiation Protection Program; Telephone: (608) 265-5518 for information about the course.

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Macromolecular Analysis Facility

Located on the eighth floor of McArdle (room 809) there is a 7900HT Sequence Detection System; it is used for high throughput detection of fluorescent PCR-related chemistries.  There is an IQ single color RT-PCR machine (BioRad iCycler) in room 720. There is also an Agilent Microarray Scanner System, which measures fluorescent labeled nucleic acids for study of differential gene expression and an Apogent MicroGrid microarray printer for making researcher’s microarrays on the second floor.

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Radioactive Isotope Counting Facility

The Radioactive Isotope Counting Facility, located in the basement (room B25) of the McArdle Laboratory, is equipped with a scintillation counter.  All quantitative measurements of radioactive isotopes are carried out in this facility by the researcher. Researchers may then leave their samples for disposal.

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Reading Room

The departmental reading room, located on the tenth floor of the McArdle Laboratory and 1,000 square feet in size, houses a noncirculating research literature collection available to McArdle researchers at all times. Xeroxing facilities permit copying of material essential for the laboratory, preserving the noncirculating character of this collection. The reading room subscribes to major cancer research, cell biology, biochemistry, and biology journals; material not available in the reading room can be found in either the Agricultural and Life Sciences Library (Steenbock) or the Chemistry Library - both on the campus within a 500-yard radius of McArdle. The Ebling Library in the Health Sciences Learning Center is located approximately one mile from McArdle.

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Safety and Biohazards

The Department of Oncology's Safety and Biohazard Committee educates staff and students with respect to safe work practices, monitors storage and disposal of hazardous materials, and coordinates equipment re-certifications and radiation monitoring with the UW Safety Department. All new employees are required to read the booklet "Safety Practices and Precautions at the McArdle Laboratory" and attend a one-hour safety class.

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Storeroom/Receiving Room

The Storeroom (room 110) provides a centralized location for commonly used chemicals, glassware, and other supplies. Storeroom personnel register and transfer to the individual research groups all orders from outside vendors. Storeroom items are charged out to individual research groups.