CeRPAN Laboratories

photo of Dr. Volpi

Biorepository and Mass Spectrometry Laboratories

Directed by Elena Volpi, MD, PhD | Biography
Location: 10th floor, Medical Research Building | 4th floor, John Sealy Annex


The Volpi Lab comprises the Biorepository and the Mass Spectrometry laboratories. They include 2,300 sq. ft. of space on the 10th floor of the Medical Research Building, and 200 sq. ft. of space on the 4th floor of the John Sealy Annex. They are a component of the 5,000 sq. ft. of wet lab space of the Sealy Center on Aging and Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.

An added benefit of the lab is the beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island, and Galveston Bay.

Lab Specific Information

The inter-connecting labs in the MRB allow for science collaboration among researchers interested in muscle biology and metabolism in aging.

In addition to wet lab space, the Volpi Lab also includes the Acute Care for Elders Unit Functional Laboratory, which includes a DEXA scanner, bioimpedance analyzers, a Biodex, hand-held dynamometers, and other functional testing equipment for studies in hospitalized geriatric patients.

The Volpi Lab also has full access to a newly built CeRPAN exercise testing and training facility for clinical trials involving exercise, as well as the UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences Clinic Research Center to perform clinical studies in human volunteers.

Lab Equipment Includes:

  • five Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometers,
  • a Gas Chromatography-Combustion-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer,
  • homogenizers, high speed and micro centrifuges,
  • speed vacuum systems,
  • -800C freezers, liquid nitrogen dewars, oven,
  • Total Nitrogen Analyzer, analytical nitrogen evaporator,
  • UV/Visible spectrophotometer, electrophoresis and Western blotting equipment,
  • chemical fume hood, biological safety cabinet,
  • YSI glucose/lactate analyzer,
  • autoclave-steam sterilizer,
  • Bio-Rad Universal Hood II XR system molecular imager,
  • and standard lab items: e.g, water baths, microplate readers, rotators, shakers, sonicators, analytical balance, heating blocks.