About Us

Overview
 
We are the MARC: the Microenvironment in Arthritis Resource Center. Established in 2018, the Center is based on the collaboration between four premier San Diego area research institutions: UC San Diego, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBPMRI), and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI). The MARC is dedicated to providing technical and educational support to researchers interested in studying the rheumatic diseases and how they affect the microenvironment of the joint.
 
The MARC is comprised of three resource Cores, each dedicated to providing MARC members with access to different research resources. The Joint Imaging (JI) Core operates MRI scanners for the imaging of both human and small animal joints, allowing researchers to more clearly visualize how rheumatic diseases affect joints. The Joint Cell Isolation (JCI) Core provides access to flow sorting and laser capture microdissection to allow isolation of cells and tissue structures from joint specimens. Finally, the Joint Bioinformatics and Computational (JBC) Core offers analysis of complex multi-dimensional datasets pertaining to studies of the joint.
 
The MARC also supports investigators by providing educational and monetary resources for their benefit. The MARC provides Pilot Project Grants and service vouchers to enable new lines of research to be explored. We also organize a monthly seminar series and a biennial La Jolla Arthritis Conference as places where our members can discuss their findings in the field of arthritis and the joint with their scientific peers in the fields of rheumatology, immunology, connective tissue biology, and musculoskeletal radiology.
 
Mission
 
The MARC is dedicated to providing technical and educational support to researchers interested in studying the rheumatic diseases and how they affect the microenvironment of the joint.
 
Resource Cores
 
·      The Joint Imaging Core
·      The Joint Cell Isolation Core
·      The Joint Bioinformatics and Computational Core
 
Leadership
 
1)    Center Leadership Committee
a)    Dr. Nunzio Bottini – MARC Director
b)    Dr. Maripat Corr – MARC Associate Director
c)    Dr. Christine Chung
d)    Dr. Won Bae

e)    Dr. Stephanie Stanford
f)     Dr. Gary Firestein
g)    Dr. Wei Wang
2)    Center Advisory Board (2018-2019)
a)    Thomas Link, MD, PhD, UC San Francisco, Profile
b)    William Robinson, MD, Stanford University, Lab profile
c)    Carl Ware, PhD, SBPMRI, Lab profile
d)    Martin Lotz, MD, TSRI, Lab profile
e)    Klaus Ley, MD, LJI, Lab profile

Resource Core Staff
 
1)    Joint Imaging Core
a)     Dr. Christine Chung – Core Co-Director
b)    Dr. Won Bae – Core Co-Director
c)     Sheronda Statum – Core Manager
2)    Joint Cell Isolation Core
a)     Dr. Nunzio Bottini – Core Co-Director
b)    Dr. Stephanie Stanford – Core Co-Director
c)     Benjamin Van Espen – Core Manager
3)    Joint Bioinformatics & Computational Core
a)     Dr. Gary Firestein – Core Co-Director
b)    Dr. Wei Wang – Core Co-Director
c)     Dr. Rizi Ai – Core Manager
 
Pilot Project Grants
 
The MARC provides Pilot Project Grants for newly established investigators and for innovative research proposals.
 
Contact Us
 
If you have questions regarding a specific resource core, please refer to the particular page for that core and e-mail the Core Manager.
 
If you have a general question about the MARC, or a question about the Pilot Project Grants, vouchers, the seminar series, or the La Jolla Arthritis Conference, please e-mail the MARC Coordinator, Alex Funderburk, at marcadmin@ucsd.edu.
 
Associated Institutions
 
·      The La Jolla Institute for Immunology
·      The Scripps Research Institute
·      The Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute