Transgenic Center

The Boston University Transgenic Facility was established to assist investigators in the generation of transgenic and knock-out mice. The facility performs embryonic injections of DNA or embryonic stem cells for the production of genetically altered animal models. This is done through the use of a Leitz inverted microscope, which gives the injectionist the 3 dimensional views necessary for the introduction of DNA or es cells into an embryo.

The Transgenic facility also offers a number of other services including, but not limited to cryopreservation of embryos, and rederivation of mouse lines infected with pathogens. The cryopreservation of embryos is done by slowly freezing the embryos to -80 degrees at a rate of .5 degrees per minute.

Please visit our website for more information on all of our services, or contact us for scientific help needed to pursue your project.

Specialized Instruments

Other Instruments

Other Instruments

  • Kryo 10 – Used for cryopreserving embryos.
  • Leitz Inverted Microscope
  • Microinjector – System for the delivery of DNA into pronucleus of mouse embryo.
  • Micropipette puller – Makes needles for injection of DNA.
  • Cell Tram – Manipulation of embryos and cells
  • CO2 Incubator- Provides environment for embryos before implantation.
  • Warm plate-Helps regulate animals body temp. post-op.
  • Vortex-Mixing reagents, and re-suspention of DNA
  • Leitz dissection microscope- Isolation of embryos from oviduct, implantation of     embryos.
  • Autoclave- sterilization of surgical instruments
  • Scales-weighing of animals for dosing purposes, and weighing of reagents.
  • Electrophoresis machine-DNA quantitation
  • Refrigerator-storage of samples and media,reagents, etc.
  • Surgical packs-Isolation and implantation of embryos.
  • Water bath-digestion, and resuspension of DNA
  • Thermolyne biological storage – embryo storage.




Center for Advance Biomedical Research (CABR)
700 Albany Street, Room 917
Boston, MA 02118 
Monday – Friday / 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM  $2,800 per Transgenic Project /$3,000 per Knockout Project


Kenn Albrecht, PhD
Scientific Director

John Mkandawire
Core Manager
Phone: (617) 638-5270
Fax: (617) 638-5271