Departmental Cores (DC)

Atomic Force Microscopy Core

Cardiovascular Research Center
Atran Building, 3rd floor, Room 3-23
1428 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Contact Person

Director: Kevin Costa, PhD
E-mail: kevin.costa@mssm.edu
Tel: (212) 241-2362 or ext 4AFMC
Fax: (212) 241-4080

The AFM core is a departmental shared facility within the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) that allows users to perform cutting-edge nanotechnology studies with an atomic force microscope that is integrated with state of the art real-time confocal fluorescence imaging. Established with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the instrumentation is designed to serve the needs of investigators from multiple disciplines. Current major users of the facility include Mount Sinai research groups from cardiology, radiology, systems biology, structural biology, and orthopedics.

The core emphasizes sub-optical resolution imaging and advancing the understanding of how physical forces impact biological function of tissues, cells, and molecules. For these purposes, the facility has expertise in bioengineering, physics, and computational modeling in addition to cell biology with a particular focus on cardiovascular systems. We can provide technical assistance with short-term projects or train users for larger-scale AFM research efforts. For more information, refer to the AFM Core facility site.