Need Biomedical Research Services?

The SDSU HealthLINK Center Biomedical Lab can perform many biological and biochemical assays in our facilities at Alvarado Road and at the SDSU BioScience Center. The Biomedical Lab provides key research services, such as biospecimen sample tracking/storage, processing, and analysis. We also provide facilities and personnel effort for detection/quantification of genetic material, proteins, select metabolites (e.g. urea, cholesterol, etc.), and other biomarkers (e.g. genes, gene expression, etc.). We host a range of cold storage options, including UltraLow -80°C for long- or short-term sample storage. In addition to basic lab resources, the HLINK Biomedical Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technical equipment to support microscopy, plate assays, biochemical and molecular biology techniques, and a variety of protein and immunological assays to support your research. 

Services Provided

Biomedical Lab Services include:

  • Scientific consultation for experimental design and protocols
  • Long-term sample storage
  • Specimen preparation and processing/Kit-based processing
  • Extraction, cleanup, and storage of DNA/RNA
  • Primer design, PCR/qRT-PCR,  and agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Processing, packaging and transport of samples for external sequencing
  • Protein extraction, isolation and purification (desalting & dialysis, sample clean-up, affinity purification)
  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
  • Colorimetric, fluorescent, and luminescent quantification 

The labs are outfitted with the following instruments: 

  • Cold storage space (+4C, -20C, -80C)
  • SpectraMax® M2 Multimode Microplate Reader (ELISA, BCA, etc.)
  • BioRad CFX96 Touch Real-Time PCR Detection System (qRT-PCR and PCR)
  • QIAcube QIAGEN spin-column kit automation (automates 80 kits for DNA/RNA extraction, purification, isolation, etc.)
  • Nikon Eclipse Ti2-E Automated Inverted Microscope (Fluorescence microscopy, H&E, etc.)
  • Tokyo Boeki Biolis 24i Premium Chemistry Analyzer (determines the concentration of certain metabolites, electrolytes, proteins, and/or drugs in samples of serum, plasma, urine, and/or other body fluids)
  • Agilent HPLC SYS-LC-1260II LC 1260 Infinity II System (Column: 70A NH2, 5um, 4.6 x 250mm)

*See intake form for specific services provided

SDSU/SDSU IV researchers and SDSU HealthLINK Center partners
receive competitive pricing at all stages of research.

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Meet theTeam

Scott Kelley, PhD

Scott Kelley, PhD
RCC Co-Leader and Biomedical Methods Group Leader


Dr. Kelley is a Professor in the Department of Biology at SDSU and current Leader of the Biomedical Methods Group. Dr. Kelley earned his PhD in Molecular Systematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His primary research interests are in Bioinformatics, Human Microbiome, Viral Genomics and Diversity, Microbial Diversity and Phylogenetics, and Microbiology of the Built Environment. He is a pioneer in the studies of built environment contamination, publishing the first molecular study of the microbiology of the indoor settings and has decades of experience studying air and water environmental microbiology. Dr. Kelley also invented SourceTracker, considered a seminal advance in the ability to determine sources of microbial contamination in complex mixed communities such as polluted water systems. He has extensive experience in bioinformatic tool development and analysis of microbial diversity. Dr. Kelley is currently a subcontract PI for an R01 studying the role of the gut microbiome in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Dr. Kelley’s research has produced over 90 peer-reviewed publications.

Wendy Jia Men Huang, PhD
Research Manager


Dr. Huang holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California San Diego and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer immunology at the New York University in 2015. Between 2016 and 2023, Dr. Huang was an assistant professor at the University of California San Diego, trained 3 postdoc fellows, 25 graduate students, and 13 undergraduate students on cutting-edge molecular & genomic techniques and in vivo disease models of autoimmune disease, tissue inflammation, and cancer. Dr. Huang was the senior and communicating author of eight recently published articles on mouse disease models and immunity. 


Jan Pferdekamper
Biomedical Laboratory Coordinator


Mr. Pferdekamper graduated from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. After spending a period in the biotech industry managing the drug discovery and pharmacology groups for the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), he returned to academia to manage a large scientific group focused on diabetes research at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) for almost 20 years. Mr. Pferdekamper is well versed in the performance of numerous scientific assays – including PCR, qPCR, DNA/RNA isolations, cDNA synthesis, tissue culture, western blots, and others – and his name has appeared in various published scientific papers. Additionally, he is experienced in the maintenance and management of mouse colonies used in scientific research as well as their facilities. Mr. Pferdekamper is knowledgeable in the health and safety standards of research operations and facilities, serving as the primary safety contact during both work and emergency after-hours periods.