About Biomedical Analysis Lab
The Biomedical Analysis Lab (BAL) is a core lab involved in a variety of both basic and clinical research projects. We provide services to investigators at multiple Nemours sites, as well as to external collaborators, including:
- support and consultation on experimental design
- sample analysis
- data interpretation
- training and mentoring of junior faculty, students and fellows
- generation of preliminary data for investigators’ grant applications
The lab applies a multidisciplinary approach to the exploration of various changes in the human body at the molecular and cellular levels. To follow these changes in children, the lab uses numerous state-of-the-art techniques, including:
- Stable isotope (non-radioactive) dilution techniques
- Mass spectrometry (a unique and powerful technique that is available at only a few centers in the U.S.)
- Assays based on high-performance liquid chromatography, electrophoresis and multiplex assay systems.
One area of focus is obesity-related biomarkers for cardiometabolic disease (CMD). The lab uses several contemporary techniques that are especially powerful in studying biomarkers and follow the changes in health and disease conditions in children. The studies the lab performs will lead to better understanding of the disease conditions and the development of more directed therapies. We collaborate with investigators from Oregon to Brazil, including the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Christiana Care. The lab presented data at national and international meetings during 2012.