Incubator & Plug-in Labs

Incubator & Plug-in Labs

Incubator teams offer technologies, infrastructures and pipelines that are complimentary to CoLabs resources. They work closely with the CoLabs to offer additional support and expertise on some of our CoProjects.

Plugin teams offer expertise in free-standing technologies that enhance the scope of some of our CoProjects.

BSL3 CoLab

Contact: Anita Sil

We collaborate with researchers across UCSF on projects that require the handling of high-containment pathogens. This includes developing and optimizing protocols to adhere to BSL3 safety standards and executing experiments with live pathogens. This is a restricted lab space that allows us to safely address scientific questions regarding SARS-CoV-2, Histoplasma capsulatum, and Coccidioides species.

CenTRe CoLab

Contact: Alyssa Ward

CenTRe Junior CoLab is a collaborative enabler of clinical-translational research and works closely with clinical teams and other CoLabs to streamline processes and enable every team to accomplish their goals. We serve as a repository of expertise in the discipline of clinical-translational research. This CoLab offers guidance and expertise in clinical-translational project establishment and project management including assistance with IRB applications, developing protocols (in consultation with clinical and biological teams), consulting on project plans and timelines, and developing project-specific databases, pipelines, and resources as needed.

Gnotobiotics CoLab

Contact: Jessie Turnbaugh

The mission of the Gnotobiotics CoLab plug-in is to lower the activation energy for researchers across departments to study the impact of the microbiome and pathogenic microorganisms on host pathophysiology and behavior. Mice will routinely be bred and maintained in a germ-free (sterile) state.

Metabolomics CoLab

Contact: Moriah Sandy

The UCSF Quantitative Metabolite Analysis Center (QMAC) is a full-service metabolomics facility housed at the Parnassus campus, equipped with state-of-the-art mass spectrometers for targeted and untargeted metabolomics. This small-molecule analysis platform will enable the development of frameworks for predicting disease, distinguishing disease phenotypes, deciphering biochemical mechanisms of health and disease, and the discovery of new drugs and drug targets.

Microbial Genomics CoLab

Contact: Connie Ha

The Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine’s Microbial Genomics group offers next-generation sequence-based microbiome profiling and support for data analyses.

Microsurgery CoLab

Contact: Mark Looney

The Microsurgery CoLab Plug-In offers advanced surgical techniques to create chimeric animals using the organ transplantation technique to deplete cells, fate map cells during development, and track cellular migration.

Organoid CoLab

Contact: Oghenekevwe Gbenedio

Our Organoid unit provides expertise, infrastructure, and biobanks for UCSF researchers to tap into and collaborate with Organoid on a project basis and add organoid-approaches to their existing research programs.