Research Equipment Support

Research Equipment SupportResearch Equipment Support

The CCAH launched its Faculty Equipment Grants Program in 2014 after recognizing the ongoing need of the school’s faculty to purchase new equipment and pay for replacements or repairs. “It’s hard to repair or replace equipment needed for research because most grants exclude equipment,” says Director Dr. Michael Kent. “If a freezer or centrifuge breaks, it needs to get done right away.”

In the program’s six years of existence, nearly $1.5 million, has been used to finance 94 total requests for equipment. During the 2019 round of funding, the CCAH fulfilled 22 requests — totaling nearly $305,000 — for the following items:

Synthes Rapid Resorbable Fixation System (Rapidsorb™)
Principal Investigator: Boaz Arzi

Co-Investigator: Frank Verstraete
Benefit to Companion Animals: The rapid resorbable bone fixation system kit will be used for research to advance and improve oral reconstructive surgeries.

Farm Cluster Computing Server
Principal Investigator: Titus Brown

Benefit to Companion Animals:  Access to high performance computer cluster to be used for sequencing data analysis of companion animal genomes. 

Feline Nutrition and Pet Care
Principal Investigator: Andrea Fascetti

Co-Investigator: Jennifer Larsen, Jon Ramsey, Niels Pedersen
Benefit to Companion Animals: Improvement of current facilities to provide more enrichment and help ensure the well-being of cats. 

Azure Gel Imager
Principal Investigator: Cecilia Giulivi

Benefit to Companion Animals: Imager allows for the visualization of PCR products when doing gel electrophoresis to verify and determine their purity and size. 

Eppendorf™ 5810R Centrifuge
Principal Investigator: Emir Hodzic

Co-Investigator:  John Angelos
Benefit to Companion Animals: The Centrifuge significantly improves the handling, every day operation, versatility, and capacity of work at the Real-time PCR Research and Diagnostics Core Facility.

Micro-Osmette
Principal Investigator: Kate Hopper

Co-Investigator: Steven Epstein
Benefit to Companion Animals: Equipment measures osmotality of body fluids and has many research applications. Urine osmotality is essential for evaluation of numerous disease states and is a unique measurement that is not generally available, so it lends itself to many research applications. 

Tomach Computerized Control Milling Machine
Principal Investigator: Denis Marcellin-Little

Benefit to Companion Animals:  Unit will be integrated into our medical modeling and manufacturing laboratory which supports orthopedic research, advanced training of veterinarians and graduate students, and advances in clinical practice. UC Davis’ first 3D-printed custom total joint replacement surgery was done in October 2018. 

High Resolution Manometry and Endoscopy Equipment
Principal Investigator: Stan Marks
Benefit to Companion Animals: Equipment allows us to evaluate motility disorders of the esophagus in fully awake dogs with a variety of functional esophageal disorders, allowing the development of new therapies to treat these disorders. 

Camera Axiocam 305 mono
Principal Investigator:  Stuart Meyers
Benefit to Companion Animals:  This camera fits seamlessly onto an existing microscope and provides superb imaging capability for multiple fluorescent dyes used for sperm imaging as well as determining membrane lipid and protein integrity.

Real-Time PCR
Principal Investigator: Brian Murphy
Benefit to Companion Animals: Equipment is used to quantify gene expression and forms the critical core of many research projects focused on the causes of diseases in companion animals.

ChemiDoc XRS
Principal Investigator: Robert Rebhun

Co-Investigators: Luke Wittenburg, Daniel York
Benefit to Companion Animals:  The ChemiDoc XRS acquires images of western blots and PCR gels and is integral to evaluation of changes in RNA and protein levels in cancer cells. 

Tekscan Strideway
Principal investigator:  Susan Stover

Benefit to Companion Animals:   This modular pressure measurement walkway expands existing equipment to assess lameness in animals, increasing our capabilities to estimate neurologic and muscular gait deficits. The equipment accommodates a wider range of animal sizes and experimental conditions.

Absorbance Plate Reader
Principal Investigator: Christine Toedebusch
Co-Investigator:  Ryan Toedebusch
Benefit to Companion Animals: The absorbance plate reader is necessary to complete fundamental experiments from serum and cerebrospinal fluids by ELISA.

NanoDrop One Spectrophotometer
Principal Investigator: Ryan Toedebusch
Co-Investigator: Christine Toedebusch
Benefit to Companion Animals: The equipment is multi-faceted, allowing us to measure DNA, RNA and protein content of any sample. The essential feature of the NanoDrop One is the very small sample size necessary for analysis.

Multi-purpose Laboratory Plate Reader
Principal Investigator: Natalia Vapniarsky Arzi
Co-Investigator: Boaz Arzi, Derek Cissell, Clare Yellowley, Dori Borjesson, Fern Tabling, Ronald Li
Benefit to Companion Animals: The multi-purpose laboratory plate reader is capable of measuring light absorbance at visible and fluorescent wavelengths.

Sirona Dental X-Ray Unit
Principal investigator: Frank J.M. Verstraet

Benefit to Companion Animals: Equipment allows research by dentistry faculty in the best way to image oral disease. This replaced a 1987 unit that is no longer functional.

Bacteria Incubator and PH Meter
Principal Investigator: Jin Zhang

Co-Investigator: Xinben Chen, Yanhong Zhang
Benefit to Companion Animals: Equipment will be used for culturing bacteria such as E coli, which can produce recombinant DNA or protein.  The PH meter is  for measuring the PH of a solution.

Mydriatic retinal camera with imagenet
Principal Investigator: Sara Thomasy

Co-Investigator: Kathryn Koehler, Christopher Murphy, David Maggs
Benefit to Companion Animals: The most advanced fundus camera available with unique features to be used by the Ophthalmology Service. Camera captures high-quality fundic photographs in order to monitor disease progression and/or response to treatment in patients.

The Heidelberg Spectralis
Principal Investigator: Sara Thomasy
Co-Investigator: Kathryn Koehler, David Maggs, Steven Hollingsworth                      
Benefit to Companion Animals: Equipment combines two technologies to provide clinicians with unique views of the eye. Specifically, this unit provides detailed cross-sectional imaging of the cornea, anterior chamber, iris, retina, and optic nerve and is useful in assessing diverse eye diseases, including keratoconjunctivitis sicca, corneal endothelial dystrophy, glaucoma, and sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS). 

MapCheck 3
Principal Investigator: Michael Kent

Benefit to Companion Animals: Equipment is used in radiotherapy to provide quality assurance studies for each patient treated with complex radiation therapy techniques. The unit plans and ensures the proper dose is being given before the patient is actually treated.             

The Accelerometers
Principal Investigator: Joanne Paul-Murphy

Co-Investigator: Michelle Hawkins, David Guzman
Benefit to Companion Animals: Units are used to monitor rabbits and guinea pigs with arthritis before and after treatment to help evaluate improvement at home.

The Pulse Oximeter and EKG Monitor
Principal Investigator: Joanne Paul-Murphy
Co-Investigator: Michelle Hawkins, David Guzman
Benefit to Companion Animals: Equipment monitors for exotic animals can record rapid heart rates and EKGs of small mammals, like rabbits and guinea pigs. The pulse oximeter monitors blood oxygen levels.