The Investigational Clinical Microbiology Core (ICMC), a new member core of the Emory Integrated Core Facilities (EICF), is supported by the Department of Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine. We help investigators studying antibiotic resistance by providing isolates and services for further research and characterization. Please contact us so that we can discuss your experimental needs.
Investigational Clinical Microbiology Core Biorepository
ICMC Biorepository contains a large collection of bacterial samples isolated by the Emory University Hospital (EUH) microbiology laboratory as part of standard patient care, environmental samples and microbiome samples. These normally discarded clinical samples and specimens are processed and stored in the ICMC biorepository and made available to investigators for the purpose of subsequent evaluation, mechanistic studies, clinical correlation or novel assay development. A corresponding database of all phenotypic laboratory characteristics of each isolate and important patient medical data is available.
The ICMC biorepository can help investigators access and store clinical isolates and specimens for future studies.
The ICMC supports banking and characterization of antibiotic resistant clinical isolates, environmental samples, and microbiome samples collected as part of the ARC collaborative research program. The ICMC has the capacity to perform the following:
- Detailed classification of antibiotic resistant clinical isolates
- Sophisticated antimicrobial susceptibility testing procedures not routinely available in clinical laboratories
- Studies of synergies between combinations of antibiotics
- Techniques to identify heteroresistance (looking for subpopulations with resistance)
- Molecular fingerprinting (PFGE), genomic characterization and analysis
- Collection and processing of clinical isolates and specimens