Cell Culture Facility

CCF logoThe Cell Culture Facility, or CCF, is a small multi-user laboratory managed and overseen by the Central Instrument Facility, or CIF, in the Department of Chemistry. It is divided in two adjoining but separate laboratories with mammalian cell culture in one lab and bacterial cell culture in the other. Current users mainly consist of principal investigators from Chemistry and their collaborators.

PC3 cells with sfGFP (taken by Sandra DePorter)

PC3 cells with sfGFP (taken by Sandra DePorter; McNaughton lab)

The shared facility model entails that the CIF oversees the facility, maintains shared laboratory equipment, and provides basic laboratory consumables for a user fee*, while CCF users are expected to bring their own cell culture and project-specific materials to the lab as detailed below. The CIF will also ensure that all biosafety measures are in place and enforce the institutional policies that control access to the laboratory.

The CCF is a Biosafety Level 2 Laboratory (BSL2), hence all work must be performed following BSL2 guidelines (CDC BMBL). Failure to do so will result in suspension from this facility.

Access to the facility is granted by the CIF upon proof of training, knowledge of potential risks, and proficiency in standard and BSL2 special microbiological practices before working with BSL-2 agents. On-site training in biosafety and standard operational procedures will be provided by the CCF manager.

Location and contact
Cell Culture Facility
CSU main campus – Chemistry Building
Room B216 (Bacteria cell lab) and B217 (Mammalian cell lab)
Dr. Karolien Denef
CCF manager/CIF Associate Director
Phone: 970-491-3832
Email: Karolien.denef@colostate.edu







Available equipment and supplies
Room B216 is dedicated for bacterial cell culture work. It has the following equipment for shared use:

  • Two Biosafety Cabinets, Class II, Type A2
  • -80°C freezer
  • Water bath
  • Large stand-up incubator
  • Benchtop incubator-shaker
  • Fridge/freezer(-20°C)
  • Autoclave
  • Benchtop centrifuge
  • Large volume centrifuge
  • Fluorescence microscope (Olympus IX73)

Room B217 is dedicated for mammalian cell culture work only and has the following equipment for shared use:

  • Two Biosafety Cabinets, Class II, Type A2
  • Four CO2 incubators
  • Cryogenic storage system
  • Water bath
  • Benchtop centrifuge

Supplies provided by the CIF include:

  • Basic lab supplies (hand soap, paper towels, Kim wipes)
  • Biosafety cabinets cleaning supplies (absorbent towels, disinfectants)
  • Biohazardous waste handling supplies (autoclave bags and tape)
  • Liquid N and CO2 gas
  • Pipette boats
  • Biohazard spill kits

Other equipment may be purchased as the need arises. Please contact CCF manager, Karolien Denef, to discuss equipment needs.

Provided by the User:
Each project will supply the following:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): lab coat, safety glasses, gloves
  • Pipettes and pipette tips
  • Flasks, vials, tubes, etc.
  • Cell cultures, media, antibiotics, additives, etc.
  • Any other miscellaneous supplies needed

Documents for new users

Other useful documents

Useful websites
CSU EHS Biosafety Office
CSU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
Public Health Agency of Canada