Core Services

Core Technologies and Services

Van Andel Research Institute’s (VARI) Core Technologies and Services offer a comprehensive range of advanced technologies to assist institutional faculty and staff, and external organizations in meeting their research goals. The Cores maintain the highest level of quality and service in scientific technology while ensuring cost effectiveness. Core personnel continually assess researchers’ technology needs and coordinate grant applications to assist in funding for specialized equipment.

VARI’s Cores are staffed by highly qualified experts in their respective fields, including bioinformatics/biostatistics, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, histology, pathology, biospecimen science, small animal imaging, vivarium management, and transgenics. The staff strives to build upon collaborations while maintaining superior service to meet the Institute’s goal of impacting human health through basic and translational research. The Cores’ scientific excellence has been highlighted in a myriad of high impact scientific journals, which can be viewed within each Core’s section. Publications containing work performed within VARI’s Core facilities are asked to follow these guidelines in their acknowledgements:

  • Acknowledge VARI’s Core Technologies and Services’ contributions by name in the manuscript
  • Consider authorship for more significant intellectual and planning contributions.
  • Notify Core Services staff of successful publications and awarded grant applications. This assists in tracking and maintaining institutional records, which help inform the Cores’ quality services.

For questions, please contact Director Dr. Scott Jewell at Scott.Jewell@vai.org.

How to request services

VARI’s Core Technologies and Services manages service requests through CrossLab Solutions. Each Core maintains an CrossLab page that provides descriptions of the Core as well as options to schedule equipment and request services. Pricing also is available in CrossLab (See Schedule Equipment and/or Request Services). Current CrossLab users can login here.

VARI staff that need a login (or further CrossLab support) should contact Lori Moon and MSU staff that need a login should contact Erica Lange. External users that need an CrossLab account/login can go here for account creation. After logging in, external users should click “list all cores” under the Core Facilities section in the left menu and scroll down to “Cores at Van Andel Institute”.