The IHSFC / ECHO Molecular Biology Lab processes biological and environmental samples from participants and provides archival storage of collected samples; access to genotyping, epigenomic, and other molecular biology approaches; and expertise and instrumentation for a range of respiratory, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurologic health outcomes.

The lab’s resources and services include:

  • Applied Biosystems 7900HT Real-Time PCR System (TaqMan)
  • Applied Biosystems GeneAmp PCR system 9700
  • Agilent 2200 Tape Station
  • BioRad Gel Doc EZ imager
  • Gel electrophoresis system
  • Thermo Scientific NanoDrop 2000 spectrophotometer
  • Beckman Centrifuges-Swing Bucket (models GS-6, Allegra X-15R and Allegra X-30R)
  • Eppendorf Micro Centrifuges (3, with/without refrigerator)
  • Binder Oven
  • Labnet Vortemp 56 incubator/shaker
  • Molecular Devices SpectraMax M2 microplate reader
  • Savant SpeedVac vacuum concentrator
  • Pyrosequencing PSQ HS 96
  • Arcturus laser-capture microdissection system (Pixcell Ile)
  • Large capacity sample storage freezer farm (-80°C and -20°C freezers with monitoring alarm system)

The IHSFC / ECHO Molecular Biology Lab is located on the campus of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and is jointly supported by the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. 


The MADRES Clinic is located on USC’s Soto Campus, which is just a few minutes away from Keck School of Medicine of USC.  At the MADRES Clinic, participants are seen for in-person visits, including survey administration, biospecimens collections and height and weight measurements.  Additional services include imaging, as well as pulmonary function testing.