Preclinical Support Team

Technical guidance for preclinical projects

The Preclinical Support Team assists researchers at all stages of their studies to ensure they maximise their use of Monash Biomedical Imaging technologies and the data produced.

We work with researchers in the early stages of their project to ensure they access the best suited support service for their studies. We offer varying levels of support including:

Full-service

All imaging, quality control and analysis is performed by our expert staff to your requirements.

Scanner operation

We image your samples and upload the quality checked data to our secure servers.

Full training

We train researchers to independently operate our scanners and analyse their data.

Our expertise enhances imaging projects

The Preclinical Support Team is well trained to operate and support experiments on the full suite of preclinical imaging facilities at Monash Biomedical Imaging, including our high-field MRIPET-SPECT-CTUltrasound, radiochemistry lab, surgeries and support equipment and services. Our wealth of experience in operating imaging equipment along with establishing and conducting a wide variety of preclinical physiological, molecular and multi-modal imaging projects ensures research outcomes are enhanced.

Preclinical technical support services

Inductions and training

Training is provided for safe operation of all equipment and support services including:

  • animal physiological monitoring (respiration rate, ECG, SpO2, IN/ET CO2, NIBP)
  • radiochemistry (HPLC, Ga-68 generator, hot-cell use and isotope handling)
  • surgeries - large and small animal (anaesthesia and surgery training)
  • animal housing – large and small animal husbandry and handling
  • safety – PC2, building, equipment and specific area inductions.

We provide ongoing support for all these activities.

Ongoing technical support

The team is on-call during business hours to provide assistance with Monash Biomedical Imaging equipment. Researchers with time sensitive issues requiring immediate support can phone our reception desk to contact a member of the team, or email the Clinical Support Team for non-urgent inquiries.

Analysis support for projects

Our team provides imaging analysis support using the following programs:

  • MatLab
  • SPM
  • IAW (PET, SPECT, CT)
  • MR-Trix
  • Analyse and Avizo (through the MASSIVE platform).

Before preclinical projects commence

Before a project can start, researchers are asked to provide a detailed description of the purposes and specific settings of the task required. After an initial review, our team can advise on the cost and approximate timeframe for completion. For more information, email the Preclinical Support Team. View our prices page for costs.

Contact & enquiries

Preclinical support call-out: MBI reception on (03) 9905 0100

Non-urgent enquiries: (03) 9902 9783

Email: manager.mbi@monash.edu

Preclinical Support Team

Dr Michael de Veer PhD
Head, Preclinical Team

Dr Gang Zheng PhD
Preclinical MRI

Dr Ekaterina Salimova PhD
Preclinical Ultrasound

Tara Sepehrizadeh BBiomed Eng
Facility Scientist