The Hutchinson Center accelerates our scientists’ progress by providing them with some of the world’s finest research facilities.
Our 15-acre campus was designed to promote collaboration and cross-disciplinary interaction. In addition to research laboratories, the campus houses two dozen core facilities. Operated by the Center's Shared Resources department, these cores provide products, expert services and equipment that would be too expensive or complex for individual laboratories to maintain. Shared Resources also helps investigators direct projects in a cost-effective and timely manner. Our core facilities include:
Advanced imaging technologies:
- The Electron Microscopy, Scientific Imaging, and Experimental Histopathology cores are home to microscopy and cell and tissue staining technologies that help scientists unravel the mechanisms behind cancer and other diseases.
Cell monitoring and manufacturing facilities:
- The Flow Cytometry core helps scientists measure and quantify the properties of cells and monitor how cancer cells progress and respond to therapies.
- The Biologics and Cell Processing facilities perform the delicate work of therapeutically manipulating human cells for a variety of diseases. These resources are an integral component of our immunotherapy program that act in concert by producing reagents and manipulating cells that are infused into patients to fight a variety of cancers.
- The Immune Monitoring core partners with the immunotherapy program to help analyze and identify the most beneficial treatments.
Specialized analytical tools:
- The Genomics core houses instrumentation to analyze and sequence DNA and RNA that allows scientists to examine the activity of thousands of genes simultaneously. Such experiments can identify genes that predict or trigger cancer and can provide the foundation for new tests to predict disease outcomes or uncover drug targets.
- The Proteomics core helps researchers study the proteins that are expressed by genes, yielding insights into the differences between diseased cells and healthy ones.
- These technologies often produce vast amounts of raw data that must be distilled into a usable form. The Computational Biology core helps researchers analyze this data, model the structures of molecules and even simulate biological experiments in a virtual environment.