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Core Facilities

Gene Transfer, Targeting and Therapeutics Viral Vector Core

The Gene Transfer, Targeting and Therapeutics Viral Vector Core facilitates the use of these powerful research tools by Salk researchers and others across diverse fields of study such as systems neuroscience, stem cell biology, metabolism, ageing, cancer biology and gene therapy.


The Genomics Core provides services for genetic and genomic research, including single-cell RNA sequencing, whole exome and genome sequencing, SNP genotyping, DNA extraction, and data analysis/storage.

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Core

The UC San Diego Human Embryonic Stem Cell Core Facility (hESCCF) is an integral component of UC San Diego's commitment to Human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC) research. Under the direction of Karl Willert, PhD, this lab is dedicated to providing laboratory space to conduct research with the cell lines and maintaining and characterizing established human embryonic to the pluripotent stem cell lines. HESCCF provides tissue culture space and access to high end cell characterization equipment including cell sorters, MEA, and microscopy.

Preclinical Animal Imaging

In partnership with inviCRO, LLC, the Molecular Imaging Center at Sanford (MICS) works to advance state-of-the-art in vivo preclinical imaging and spectroscopy techniques to better understand tissue and organ function, and to make these tools available to the greater biomedical research community.

Associated Science Centers

UCSD Health CIRM Alpha Clinic

Scripps Center for Regenerative Medicine

UCSD Gene Therapy Initiative

UCSD Center for RNA Technologies & Therapeutics

UCSD Sanford Stem Cell Institute

SBP Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

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