Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

High Throughput Analysis Laboratory


The NU-HTA provides researchers with equipment, advanced technology, and expertise for the development and execution of chemical screening for drug/biomarker discovery and high throughput (HTP) biological analysis.

Equipment Available

The NU-HTA features state-of-the-art laboratory automation equipment, including instruments for automated liquid handling and plate detection. All instruments are accessible to trained users on a 24/7 basis.

Services Offered

NU-HTA provides researchers access to cutting edge technology for large scale screening and drug discovery.  Levels of service include the full range from walk-up instrument use to fully supported projects.

The HTA provides the following general services:

  • Perform drug discovery or biological screening
  • Assist users in developing novel automated methods
  • Provide access to robotic liquid handling and detection equipment
  • Provide grant preparation assistance for HTP projects
  • Help develop HTS ready assays to screen at local or national screening centers
  • Provide in-house chemical and biological libraries

Assays performed include but are not limited to:

  • High content imaging analysis and screening
  • Cell-based assays
    • Promoter/reporter assays (GFP, Luciferase)
    • Cell proliferation, viability, cytotoxicity
    • Ion channel and GPCR
  • Enzymatic assays
  • Protein binding assays
    • Fluorescence polarization (FP)
    • Fluorescence based thermal shift (FTS)
    • AlphaScreen/AlphaLISA
    • Epic label free
  • HTP molecular biology protocols
    •  qPCR reactions in 384 well format
  • Large scale or complex liquid handling
    • Crystallography tray preparation
    • Tube to plate reformatting
  • Automated SPE sample prep

Available compound libraries:

NU-HTA manages small molecule compound libraries available for use as a screening resource.
  • ChemBridge DIVERSet-CL (50,000)
  • ChemDiv Kinase Inhibitor Set (20,000)
  • FDA approved collection (1400)
  • Clinical Collection (1800)
  • Spectrum Collection (2700)
  • NCI/DTP Open Chemical Repository (3200)


All manuscripts and grants presenting work supported by this core should include the following acknowledgement:

"This work was supported by the NorthwesternUniversity High Throughput Analysis Laboratory."


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Chi-Hao Luan, PhD  
(847) 491-5643

Sara Fernandez Dunne, MS  
Research Technologist II

General Contact
Tel: (847) 491-5960
Fax: (847) 467-1380


Hogan 4-140
2205 Tech Dr
Evanston, IL 60208