Research Facilities


Facilities include the University Electron Microscopy Center equipped with transmission and scanning microscopes; a flow cytometry and cell sorting laboratory; the Fluorescence Microscopy/Image Analysis Center which has two inverted epifluorescence microscopes and a spinning disc confocal microscope equipped for live cell imaging, FRAP and FRET analysis; equipment for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) experiments; a 500 MHz NMR Facility; a Laser Fluorescence Lifetime Facility, an Analytical Ultracentrifugation Facility that has a standard XLI and a XLA ultracentrifuge equipped with fluorescence optics; the Keck Foundation X-ray Diffration Facility, that includes a two detector X-ray diffraction system, a dedicated crystallization room, and a computational/graphics cluster; and the Keck Protein Purification Facility. Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility, a university core facility, conducts DNA sequencing,  mass spectrometry based protein and metabolite analysis, flow cytometry and cell sorting, and houses an on-site enzyme freezer program.

The university research programs in infectious disease recently received NIH awards of $22 million to construct a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory and $40 million to create a regional center of excellence in Infectious Disease Research. Close interactions exist with local federal laboratories, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Arthopod-borne Animal Disease Research Laboratory and Center for Animal Epidemiology and Health. The CDC laboratory recently initiated a $75 million expansion.

The university library is a Carnegie Class I Research Library with over 1.5 million volumes. The library also maintains subscriptions to a full range of on-line scientific journals that faculty and students can rapidly access through the university-wide wireless computer network.