High Content Screening Facility (La Jolla)

Getting Started

Internal SBPMDI

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External SBPMDI

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  • To obtain a Customer ID please email Eveline Hernandez at ehernandez@sanfordburnham.org
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Overview of Services

The High Content Screening (HCS) Facility supports image-based high content assays utilizing high throughput microscopy. The HCS team has expertise in all areas of high content image-based screens including sample preparation, image acquisition, image analysis, image data management, and algorithm development. The HCS facility also supports the screening efforts of the Functional Genomics Shared Resources, providing expertise for HCS assays using RNAi libraries. 


Assay Conceptualization:

  • Initial consultation for biological feasibility
  • Aid in selection of reagents, cell lines, and assay conditions


Single-Plate Experiments & Small-Scale HCS (Plate Preparation by PI Lab Scientest):

  • Use of HCS instruments including training
  • Use of analysis software including training
  • Develop and validate image analysis algorithms and assay read-outs


Medium- and Large-Scale Screens (Plate Preparation by HCS or Functional Genomics Facility):

  • Optimize assay biology
  • Develop image analysis algorithms and assay read-outs
  • Perform assay validation, miniaturization, and implementation
  • Screen in collaboration with HTS or Functional Genomics facilities


Dara Analysis and Image-data Management:

  • Perform normalization, hit selection, and dose response
  • Storage of images and raw data
  • Aid with images and data visualization


High Content Assays - Useful Links

Assay Guidance Manual: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK100913/

Nikon Microscopy: http://www.microscopyu.com

Zeiss Microscopy: http://zeiss-campus.magnet.fsu.edu/index.html

Olympus Microscopy: http://www.olympusmicro.com/primer/anatomy/anatomy.html



Susanne Heynen-Genel | Director

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location


La Jolla, Bldg 2 - Room 2201



Name Role Phone Email Location
Susanne Heynen-Genel
Facility Director
858-646-3100 x3329
Room 2222

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