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​The IH-MMB Lab provides assay consultation, performance, data processing, and interpretation services for diverse biospecimens from human and animal research studies. Currently, we perform immuno-assays that are validated in human blood, urine and saliva specimens and welcome inquiries for other specimen types. We also provide assay services for cellular immune investigations using flow cytometry.


  • Assay performance: Performing validated assays with internal and commercial QC for basic and clinical investigators.
  • Consultation: Assisting investigators with protocol development and assay selection and with sample collection procedures and storage.
  • Assay validation: Validating new assays in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice. 

  • Education: Educating and training students and junior investigators in the utilization of laboratory techniques and organizing seminars for laboratory techniques. 

  • Assay data interpretation: Assisting investigators in assay data processing, interpretation, and reporting.

The Lab features a constantly growing number of validated assays. If an assay is not available within our portfolio, we can discuss the possibility of in-house assay development with the investigator or assist in identifying a lab that performs the assay.

Routine immuno-assays run in the lab includes:

Biological Category Analyte​​Tissue Type Research Application Examples
EndocrineCortisolSaliva, Plasma, UrineStress
NeurotrophinBDNFPlasma, SerumCognition
Vascular inflammationCRP, SAA, sICAM-1,sVCAM-1Plasma, SerumCardiovascular risk
InflammationIL-1beta,IL-6,IFN-gamma,IL-8,TNF-alpha, pro-IL-1betaPlasma, SerumSystemic inflammation
NeurotransmitterCatecholamines ( epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine)Plasma, UrineStress




CTAD plasma

CTAD plasma

CTAD plasma

Coagulation and cardiovascular risk
Enzymealpha-AmylaseSalivaAcute stress
Metabolic hormoneInsulinPlasma, SerumMetabolic risk
AdipokineLeptinPlasma, SerumObesity


Immuno-assays for many other analytes are also available including but not limited to:

  • Cytokines and Chemokines: IL-10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, etc.; TGF; Fractalkine; IP-10; MCP-1, 2, 4; MIF-1alpha, beta, etc.; MMPs; VEGFs)
  • Metabolic hormones: adiponectin, GLP-1, Glucagon, Resistin, PYY

Flow Cytometry services:

  • Cell isolation and antibody staining
  • Standard Immunophenotyping in blood and CSF
  • Cell surface detection of detailed cell subpopulations and activation, adhesion, and chemokine receptor markers
  • Intracellular detection of cytokines
  • Immune cell activation assays

Main equipment:

  • Meso Scale Diagnostics Sector Imager 2400 Multiplex Instrument
  • Molecular Devices VersaMax ELISA Microplate Reader
  • BD Biosciences FACSCalibur Flow Cytometer with FACS Loader and Flow System