Facilities

Orthopaedic Research Laboratories Facilities

The Orthopaedic Research Laboratories of The Icahn School of Medicine are located on the 20th floor of the Annenberg Building of Mount Sinai Health System. The laboratories occupy more than 5000 sq ft of contiguous space, with facilities dedicated to supporting morphological studies, cell and molecular biology, biomechanics, and spine bioengineering. Faculty offices are located adjacent to the research laboratories.

Morphological Research Unit

Histological processing and analysis of specimens occurs in the Morphological Research Unit. Capabilities include histological sectioning of undecalcified and decalcified skeletal tissues, wide-range of histochemical assays, brightfield, fluorescence, DIC, darkfield and polarized light microscopy, computer-based image analysis and histomorphometry.

Experimental Biomechanics Unit

Mechanical testing occurs in Experimental Biomechanics Unit, located adjacent to the Morphology Unit. There are facilities for human and animal tissue handling, Micro-Computed Tomography, image analysis, and clean areas for rodent surgery and experimental procedures. There are 2 Instron servohydraulic systems, 1 Bose Electromechanical  system, and a TA Instruments Rheometer to support a wide variety of load modes and magnitudes. Several custom fixtures and test machines have also been developed for mechanical stimulation and mechanical property evaluations.

Cell and Molecular Biology Unit

The Laboratory is located adjacent to the Experimental Biomechanics and Morphology facilities, and is a fully equipped facility to support cell and molecular biology research. Extensive cell culture facilities include incubators, laminar flow hoods, and other equipment for a range of organ culture and cell culture experiments including hypoxia conditions. Custom loading devices for mechanical stimulation include cell pressurization and cell stretch systems. For organ culture several additional custom loading devices exist for mechanical stimulation devices of intervertebral disc and tendon.  The facility also contains extensive equipment for RNA and protein measurements including PCR, Western blot, and microplate readers.

Spine Bioengineering Unit

This lab is devoted to research on spine and intervertebral disc mechanobiology, aging, degeneration, and regeneration. Research areas include mechanical, biological, and chemical measurements associated with spine and intervertebral disc bioengineering in tissue, animals, and cells. The experienced staff has expertise in cell and tissue culture, biomechanics, gene and protein measurements of spinal tissues .

Functional Animal Facility

This lab houses equipment that allows for IACUC approved live animal experiments. Several treadmills are setup for exercise protocols with small animals models. In addition, our facilities are equipped with functional assays, including gait analysis and joint laxity measurements.   

Clinical

Autopsy Services of Icahn School of Medicine is a 5 minute walk from the 20th floor of the Annenberg Building. This is an excellent facility that meets all state and federal regulations with helpful technical staff who have committed to work closely to provide human tissue based on research needs.