Perona Lab

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Immunology and infectious disease

Area(s) of Expertise

The immune system is our chief defence against infection, but it is a double-edged sword. Overexuberant immune responses can be harmful or even fatal. Our lab studies a family of signalling molecules known as cytokines, key immune messengers that control the size and quality of an immune response. We use viral, bacterial and parasitic infection models to analyze cytokine responses in vivo, and our goal is to be able to use cytokine signalling to improve the health outcome in infection and other immune-related diseases.

Research Services

Cell isolation, Cell culture, Animal model, In vivo cytokine analysis

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Perona Lab

Flow cytometer (four-laser Canto)

Fluorescent cell analysis

(four-laser, eight-colour, custom-built)


Gene and protein analysis platform

qPCR machine, basic thermal cycler, electrophoresis systems, nanodrop spectrophotometer, ELISA plate reader


Pathogen handling and tissue culture station

Tissue-culture incubators, centrifuges, freezers and a benchtop cell shaker