Our primary facilities comprise 2,400 square feet of laboratory space and 150 square feet of office space housed in the College of Veterinary Medicine on the University of Missouri’s main campus. Cell and tissue culture, tissue and fluid analysis, immunohistochemistry, zymography, Western-blotting, Luminex, RNA and DNA extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, microarray, agarose gel electrophoresis, and confocal microscopy are performed in the main laboratory.
COL investigators are from the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering, School of Medicine, and University Hospitals and Clinics, which are all located on the same campus—all within walking distance of the laboratory facilities. The COL has access to state-of-the-art operating rooms and surgical equipment at the University Hospitals and Clinics, Regional Hospital, and Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Veterinary medical and medical personnel with extensive experience in orthopaedic surgery staff these facilities. AAALAC-approved University animal housing areas are used for all projects involving animal use. These areas are staffed by the Office of Animal Resources. We have the capabilities to house and work on mice, rats, rabbits, cats, dogs, goats, sheep, and horses. The COL also has access to all major imaging modalities, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, ultrasonography, radiography, and nuclear medicine.
Biomechanics and Bioengineering Laboratory
Dr. Ferris Pfeiffer is our Head of Biomechanics and Bioengineering and coordinates all research testing done in the COL’s Biomechanics Lab. The equipment in the lab is state-of-the-art and includes an Instron 8821s biaxial testing machine (25,000 N axial, 225 Nm torsional) and an NDI Certus optical 3D Rigid Body Tracking System (resolution 0.01 mm). This equipment was purchased through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the E. Paige Laurie Equine Lameness Program, and the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory, as well as a donation from Synthes.