Cytokine Reference Laboratory

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The Cytokine Reference Laboratory is a CLIA-88 licensed facility specializing in the analysis of cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors from a variety of biological sources.

The director of the lab is Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Mortari is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology. 

The Cytokine Reference Laboratory has over 20 years of experience participating as a testing laboratory for a variety of clinical trials.

The Cytokine Reference Laboratory has over 20 years of experience participating as a testing laboratory for a variety of clinical trials, and is highly experienced with immunoassays using ELISA (both conventional and multiplex) and fluorescence bead-based antibody systems (Luminex platform) that allow multiple assays to be performed on a very small amount of material. These types of assays are especially important in testing involving pediatric populations, where sample sizes can often be very limiting.

Cytokine Reference Laboratory equipment:

  • BioRad 550 ELISA plate reader with integrated software (Microplate Manager) on a dedicated computer
  • Epoch Microplate Spectrophotometer with Gen5 2.05 software
  • Luminex 100 and 200 systems with sheath fluid delivery systems with BioPlex software on dedicated computers
  • MAGPIX powered by Luminex XMAP Technology with xPonent software
  • Quansys analyzer (for multiplex chemiluminescent ELISA)
  • Refrigerator (4°C) and freezer (-80°C) both with temperature recording charts
  • Centrifuges
  • Single and multichannel pipettes
  • Incubator (for ELISAs requiring higher than room temperature incubations)
  • BioTek automated plate washer

Mike Ehrhardt
Scientist
612-626-7057
ehrha003@umn.edu

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Lab Address:
Cytokine Reference Laboratory
516 Delaware St. SE.
13-127 Phillips-Wangensteen Building (map)
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Campus Mail:
Pediatrics BMT
MMC 391 Mayo
8366A (Campus Delivery Code)
420 Delaware St. SE.
Minneapolis, MN 55455