Stem Cell Analytics Core

About Us

The Stem Cell Analytics Core is a centralized support facility for the entire research community whose primary mission is to facilitate stem cell research, innovation and interactions to ensure the success of funded research projects. 

How We Support

The Stem Cell Analytics Core offers support by providing human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC), hPSC cultures training, and supplies management (including ordering, inventorying, stocking). The Core also allows investigators to rent shared, well maintained, and fully equipped stem cell culture facilities. Additionally, the Core provides cell line validation services such as mycoplasma testing, third party cell line authentication and access to shared equipment such as a Nucleofector, a fluorescence plate reader, real time PCR machines, fluorescence and dissection microscopes and freezers.

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  • Stem Cell Analytics Core Policies
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The Stem Cell Analytics Core offers cell distribution, biobanking and stem cell testing services, assisting both Children’s Hospital Los Angeles investigators and external investigators with their research.

The staff at the Stem Cell Analytics Core provides high quality human pluripotent stem cell lines (hPSC), hPSC culture training, mycoplasma testing, cell line authentication as well access to rent shared, meticulously maintained and fully equipped tissue culture facilities. Additionally, the Stem Cell Analytics Core can help investigators using the Core with supplies management, including ordering, stocking and keeping inventory, and they can provide tissue culture supplies, like pluripotent stem cell related reagents, at a discount through bulk purchasing.

The following equipment is available within the Stem Cell Analytics Core:

Amaxa Nucleofector II with or without Lonza 96-well shuttle

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Biotek UV fluorescence plate reader


Countess automated cell counter


TS100 Fluorescent microscope


 Nikon dissection microscopes


 Liquid nitrogen and -80 freezer storage space

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 2 ABI 7900 HT fast 96- and 384-well qPCR machines


This Core participates in the CHLA Core Pilot Program. To learn more click here.

CHLA welcomes external users to utilize our Core facilities. Please contact Narine Harutyunyan at or 323-361-3665.

Note: Prices are subject to change in the future.

The following prices are for Principal Investigators at CHLA.

PDF download of fee structure




Cells/Cell Services

WA01(H1)*,WA09(H9)*, Feeder Free 1 35mm dish $40
MEF base cultures available upon request 1 35mm dish $40
Each additional dish


Technical support


Frozen WA01(H1)* (~p55) 1 vial


Frozen WA09(H9)* (~p30) 1 vial $350

Cell pellets

1 tube (1e6 cells) $40

Freezing cell lines


Maintenance PSC/iPSC cell line provided by researcher


*Cell lines are available only to CHLA researchers with the appropriate agreement executed by WiCell



ABI qPCR X2 (96 well,384 well and TLDA)


Biotek UV fluorescence plate reader


Nucleofector II


Nucleofector II + 96-well Shuttle


Nikon TS100 Fluorescent tissue culture microscope**


**included in regular user's monthly charge or $100/month maximum



Mycoplasma testing (needed for NIH grants)


Genetic Analysis testing


Pluripotency testing



STR authentication via University of Arizona (needed for NIH grants)***


$66/sample (if submitting genomic DNA)   $75.6/sample (if submitting cell pellet, tissue, buccal swab, or blood which require DNA extraction)
**Free shipping to offer to all TSRI once per month


Facility Charges

Facility usage charge (1st hood and all equipment)


Facility usage charge (each additional hood)


Supplies (Plastic and Media)


At cost
LN2 storage


Freezer Storage (-20 or -80C)



Working with Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

All research involving human pluripotent stem cells must be reviewed and approved by the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee. Investigators requesting H1 or H9 embryonic stem cells will be also be required to sign a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), termed a simple letter agreement (SLA) from WiCell, before receiving cells. Material Transfer Agreements are required for each cell line used.

For information or questions on SCRO policies and procedures prior to submitting a protocol application, please contact the Institutional Review Board at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at

For information and questions on material transfer or to get started on a Material Transfer Agreement, please contact the Office of Technology Commercialization team.

For general lab safety questions and information about lab safety policy, please reach out to