molecular probes core lab

The Molecular Probes Core lab assists investigators interested in studying synthetic molecular probes in biological systems. We additionally offer access to zebrafish (Danio rerio) for phenotypic drug discovery projects, fluorescence imaging, and other biological and biomedical studies of this vertebrate model organism.

Synthetic Chemical Biology

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  • Probe synthesis (fluorophores, small molecules, and peptides)
  • Assay development
  • Generation of zebrafish embryos, larvae, and adults
Blake R. Peterson
Core Leader
Regents Distinguished Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry
Chamani Perera
Core Director


Biochemistry & Protein Science

Bioinformatics & Modeling


Materials Characterization

Molecular Structures

Translational Biology

Ability to set up 24 NMR experiments at one time and eliminate periodic user intervention
Screen up to 100,000 compounds in two days for endpoint assays
Next-generation genome sequencing
Near-infrared and bioluminescence imaging instrumentation to track gene of interest and/or tumor growth
Expertise in the design and stability of various pharmaceutical dosage forms
More than 40 computational chemistry software programs and databases
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