Research Facilities

Bioscience CorES

The Bioscience Cores include the following facilities:

  • Imaging Incubator
  • Imaging Core
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Flow Cytometry

Sequencing Core

This core provides access to next-generation sequencing with an Illumina HiSeq1500 instrument, which can generate up to 500 million clusters, or a billion paired-end reads per run. Run times range from about four days for 50-base applications to 8 days for 100-base paired-end reads and the accuracy enables a broad range of applications, including DNA sequencing and transcriptome analysis.

Laboratory for Biological Ultrastructure

This high-quality, well-equipped biological imaging facility contains two transmission (Zeiss EM 10 CA and JEOL 100CX II) and two scanning (Hitachi S-4700 and Amray 1820D) electron microscopes. Light microscopic instrumentation includes two Zeiss photomicroscopes equipped with bright field, phase contrast, differential interference contrast and polarized light optics. A recently acquired Bio-Rad MRC 1024 confocal microscope has been added to provide fluorescent and laser scanning capabilities.

Research plant growth facility

The facility is a key component to world-renowned research on plant breeding and genetics, phytoremediation, plant propagation, and weed and insect pest control. 


The NanoCenter contains over 80 pieces of equipment. FabLab is a large cleanroom facility for materials synthesis, device fabrication at nano- and micro- scales, and characterization, supporting research with a broad set of materials from semiconductors to soft and bio materials. AIMLab features state-of-art electron microscopy instruments (e.g., transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and focused ion beam microscopy) for high-resolution characterization of materials and structures. 

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

This facility is equipped with four Bruker nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers (600, 500 and 400 MHz), with different configurations to support various NMR detection.

Cryo-EM Facility

Coming soon! Joint facility with the University of Maryland, College Park; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; the National Institutes of Health; and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine.