The Research Technologies Branch (RTB) allows investigators in the Division of Intramural Research access to state-of-the-art research technologies. During the past 30 years, the advent of the biotechnology industry and the development of new scientific disciplines have resulted in an explosion of new technologies. In addition, advances in optics, lasers, and computer technology have revolutionized well-established disciplines such as microscopy (both light and electron), flow cytometry, and genomics. These technologies require very expensive instrumentation and, even more important, highly trained and specialized scientists to adapt these new technologies to the research needs of the Institute’s diverse research agenda. The branch develops cutting-edge research technologies and project-specific applications for the NIAID intramural research program through a network of facilities located in Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland, as well as Hamilton, Montana. Scientists in RTB also provide expert training and consultation in experimental design, laboratory protocols, and analysis of results.
- Develop project-specific applications using state-of-the-art technologies.
- Provide technology consultation.
- Offer formal and informal training, support, and troubleshooting.
- Evaluate new technology and applications.
- Support investigators’ bioinformatics needs.