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HMRI ImmunoMonitoring Core

Overview of Services

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Biomarker discovery efforts in translational medicine are increasingly reliant on antibody-mediated approaches for protein detection in both suspension and fixed tissue sections.

 The Helios™ CyTOF system and Hyperion™ Imaging System enables simultaneous interrogation of 4 to 37 protein markers using proven CyTOF® technology together with imaging capability, facilitating Imaging Mass Cytometry™ (IMC™) applications. The use of highly pure metal labels on antibodies in place of fluorescent tags provides a solution to the current challenges in multiplexed tissue imaging by separating signals based on differences in mass instead of wavelength to overcome the limitations of fluorescence-based detection modalities.

 The Helios systems (CyTOF) focuses on suspension samples at cellular level to reveal the whole profile of cellular components within a tumor/disease environment. The Hyperion Imaging System (IMC) makes it possible to deeply interrogate tissues and tumors at subcellular resolution while preserving the information in tissue architecture and cellular morphology, ideal for characterization of the tissue microenvironment across a breadth of disease research areas.

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Dr. Shu-hsia Chen | Director
(713) 441-6623

Dr. Yitian Xu | Manager
(713) 441-8628

Jie Yang | Technician
(713) 441-5352

Junjun Zheng | Bioinformatician
(346) 238-6732

Enrica De Rosa | Finance
(713) 441-7408

Location and hours of operation

Hours   Location

Staffed: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm

  6550 Fannin St
  Smith 8th Floor - SM8-061
  Houston, Texas 77030

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Dr. Yitian Xu
Core Manager
(713) 441-8628

Jie Yang
(713) 441-5352

Dr. Junjun Zhang
(346) 238-6732

Enrica De Rosa
(713) 441-7408