Basic Sciences Core

The mission of the Basic Sciences Core is to develop, refine and provide services and training in relevant basic sciences to DC CFAR investigators. The Core offers virologic and molecular, immunological and imaging services and training that are designed to support basic, clinical and translational research in HIV/AIDS prevention, detection and treatment.

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Available Services

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Virology Laboratory offers a wide variety of diagnostic assays for HIV, HCV and STDs at reduced cost.  

Virus Detection and Analysis 
George Washington University
The Virus Detection and Analysis Laboratory provides services related to analysis of various steps of HIV replication and the effects of anti-HIV compounds and treatments.

RCMI Proteomics 
Howard University
The RCMI Proteomics Laboratory allows for the study of functional protein groups as well as protein structure and function.

Artificial Intelligence and Drug Discovery 
Howard University
The Artifical Intelligence and Drug Discovery Laboratory helps bridge the divide between bench discoveries and hospital bedsides by identifying and testing novel drugs.

NextGen Sequencing CFAR 
George Washington University
The NGS CFAR laboratory provides NextGen Sequencing assays on both the MiSeq and NextSeq instruments for HIV, HCV and RNASeq analysis for the DC CFAR investigator community.

Flow Cytometry and Cellular Immunology Laboratory
The George Washington University, Children’s National Medical Center
The Flow Cytometry and Cellular Immunology Laboratory allows investigators to count, sort, characterize and identify cells.

Multiparametric Flow Cytometry Laboratory
The George Washington University
The Multiparametric Flow Cytometry Laboratory provides advanced flow cytometry capacity that compliments previously available technology.

Biacore Molecular Interaction Shared Resource (BMISR)
Georgetown University
The Biacore Molecular Interaction Shared Resource studies the binding kinetics of protein-protein, protein-DNA or protein-small molecule interactions.

Laboratory of Immunopathogenesis
Georgetown University
The Laboratory of Immunopathogenesis uses a high dimensional flow cytometry approach tool to interrogate the dynamics and interactions of diverse cell populations providing an in-depth understanding of the human immune response in these contexts.

Microscopy and Imaging Laboratory
The George Washington University
The Microscopy and Imaging Laboratory provides the ability to prepare samples, collect images of live or fixed cells and conduct live-cell time-lapse studies using well established techniques specific to HIV research.

Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI)
Georgetown University
The Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging integrates advanced MRI, EEG and NIRS to study physiological changes associated with HIV/AIDS in research participants.

Research Pathology Laboratory
George Washington University
The Research Pathology Laboratory provides histology and pathology services for DC CFAR clinical and basic science investigators.

Core Directors

Sergei Nekhai, PhD
Core Director
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Sanjay B. Maggirwar, PhD, MBA
Core Co-Director
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