The CNSI Technology Centers provide unrestricted access to fully integrated R&D infrastructure, professional support and collaborative research opportunities in the fabrication, characterization and screening of nanomaterials, systems, and devices. Directed by a group of leading scientists, the Centers develop technologies that promote discovery through direct grant support, user proposals and industrial partnerships. Access to these facilities is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for students, postdocs, staff, faculty and industrial scientists, and is managed through the CNSI Laboratory Management System (CLMS).
The Technology Centers also offer educational opportunities for the general public as well as non-expert academic and industrial communities in the form of tutorials, symposia and hands-on workshops.
Technology Center News and Events
Scientists studying the mysteries of life sometimes rely upon fluorescence microscopy to get a close look at living cells. The technique involves dyeing parts of cells so that they glow under special lighting, revealing cellular structures that measure smaller than...read more
October 22, 2018 | Direct electron detection and x-ray analysis bring new possibilities for materials characterization in the EICN
Housed in the CNSI Electron Imaging Center for NanoMachines (EICN), the FEI Titan 80-300 scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), is an advanced electron microscope capable of atomic-level imaging and analysis on a wide range of materials and nanostructures....read more
September 3, 2018 | 8,000 new antibiotic combinations are surprisingly effective, UCLA biologists report
Scientists have traditionally believed that combining more than two drugs to fight harmful bacteria would yield diminishing returns. The prevailing theory is that that the incremental benefits of combining three or more drugs would be too small to matter, or that the...read more
August 27, 2018 | UCLA-led study reveals the mechanism that helps malaria parasites take over human red blood cells
Researchers from UCLA and Washington University in St. Louis have discovered the previously unknown mechanism of how proteins from Plasmodium parasites — which cause malaria — are exported into human red blood cells, a process that is vital for parasites to survive in...read more
We are pleased to announce the addition of a dual light-sheet/confocal microscope (Leica TCS SP8 DLS) in the Advanced Light Microscopy/ Spectroscopy (ALMS) Technology Center and Leica Center of Excellence at CNSI. Addition of light-sheet microscopy brings exciting new...read more
May 11, 2018 | UCLA and Leica establish center of excellence in microscopy at California NanoSystems Institute
UCLA, in collaboration with Leica Microsystems, Inc., has established the Leica Center of Excellence at UCLA. Housed in the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, the unit will provide a framework to fast-track the commercial development of new optical...read more
April 13, 2018 | UCLA study produces clearest images to date of HSV-1, the virus that causes cold sores
UCLA researchers have produced the clearest 3-D images to date of the virus that causes cold sores, herpes simplex virus type 1, or HSV-1. The images enabled them to map the virus’ structure and offered new insights into how HSV-1 works. UCLA study produces clearest...read more
March 14, 2018 | Nanostructures created by UCLA scientists could make gene therapies safer, faster and more affordable
UCLA scientists have developed a new method that utilizes microscopic splinter-like structures called “nanospears” for the targeted delivery of biomolecules such as genes straight to patient cells. These magnetically guided nanostructures could enable gene therapies...read more
A research team led by UCLA scientists and engineers has developed a method to make new kinds of artificial “superlattices” — materials comprised of alternating layers of ultra-thin “two-dimensional” sheets, which are only one or a few atoms thick. Unlike current...read more
February 8, 2018 | Device that measures cell strength could help identify drugs for asthma, hypertension and muscular dystrophy
Engineers, doctors and scientists at UCLA and Rutgers University have developed a tool that measures the physical strength of individual cells 100 times faster than current technologies. Device that measures cell strength could help identify drugs for asthma,...read more
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