BioMicroCenter:Varioskan

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PLATE READER

Instrument ThermoFisher Varioskan
TYPE WALKUP - MIT only
UNIT Per hour in 10' increments
FORMAT 96w/394w
FLUOROMETRY
  • 6-1536w
  • Excite: 200-1000nm
  • Emission: 270-840nm
  • Sensitivity: <0.4fmol fluorescein/w
  • Dynamic Range: >6 decades
LUMINOMETRY
  • 6-384w spectral scan
  • 360-670nm
  • 270-840nm spectral scan
  • Sensitivity: < amol ATP/w
  • Dynamic Range: >7 decades
PHOTOMETRY
ABSORBANCE
  • 6-384w
  • Wavelength: 200-1000nm
  • Sensitivity: 0.003Abs +/-2%
  • Dynamic Range: 0-4Abs @450nm
SIGNUP ilabs
NEW USERS New users should request training by emailing biomicro@mit.edu
DONATED BY Prof. Jeroen Saeij.

The Thermo Scientific Varioskan Flash Spectral Scanning Multimode Reader is a highly flexible plate reader capable of handling fluorometric (excitation/emission), luminometric (emission) and photometric (absorbance) measurements in 96+ well format. The Varioskan can handle a broad range of applications from reporter assays to FRET. The Varioskan is equipped with three on board fluid dispensers, incubator and shaker to allow for real time assays. Coupled with the Tecan EVO, the Varioskan should allow major improvements in high throughput experiment design. Currently the Varioskan is located in 68-316.

The Varioskan supports:

  • 3 onboard liquid dispensers
  • 1ul – 10ml dispensing volumes
  • Temperature control from ambient + 4C – 45C
  • On board orbital shaker

The varioskan is used routinely in the BioMicro Center to measure the concentration of Illumina libraries using SYBRgreen. The Varioskan will also be used to measure concentrations of oligos from Dr.Oligo.

Suggested Assays:

  • Apoptosis assays
  • Ca2+ flux assays
  • Cell proliferation
  • Cellular assays
  • Cytotoxicity and ADMETox
  • DNA concentration
  • ELISA/FIA/TRF-ELISA assays
  • Enzyme kinetic studies
  • Europium assays
  • FRET assays
  • TR-FRET assays
  • BRET assays
  • GPCR assays
  • Ion channel assays
  • Kinase assays
  • Multilabel assays
  • Reporter gene assays
  • Signal transduction
  • Tryptophan and tyrosine UV fluorescence
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