The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is an interdisciplinary research institute, involved in basic research in physical sciences and engineering, and in the life and behavioral sciences. It houses the Imaging Technology Facility and the Optical Coherence Tomography Facility.
The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is dedicated to advancing research in human health, agriculture, energy use and production, and the environment. Research at the IGB falls under one of three program areas: systems biology, cellular and metabolic engineering, or genome technology. The IGB houses a microfabrication laboratory, a plant growth facility, and a microscopy suite.
The Coordinated Science Laboratory is a premier, multidisciplinary research laboratory that focuses on information technology at the crossroads of computing, control, and communications. Led by a faculty of world-renowned experts and researchers, the CSL uses innovations to explore critical issues in defense, medicine, environmental sciences, robotics, life-enhancement for the disabled, and aeronautics.
The Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory operates an extensive array of central user facilities and is widely recognized as one of the premier midscale facilities in the nation. These facilities are organized with the guiding philosophy that materials science research is most effectively advanced through a shared instrumentation mode supported by skilled professionals. The FSMRL central facilities occupy about 50,000 square feet of laboratory space, with a combined capitalized infrastructure of $30 million. The facilities can be divided into six core areas: electron microscopy, surface analysis, x-ray scattering, laser spectroscopy, micro/nanofabrication, and computation.
The Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory is one of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated university-based facilities for semiconductor, nanotechnology, and biotechnology research. It is a user facility, with over 8,000 square feet of class 100 and class 1000 clean room laboratory and state-of-the-art ultra-high-speed optical and electrical device and circuit measurements. The bionanosystems area utilizes the various technologies developed in materials, nanofabrication, devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) to study biological issues. Biomolecular flow patterns in nanoscale channels, integration of lasers onto biochips for real-time fluorescence study of bioreactions, and implantation of active devices in cells to study cellular biochemistry are examples of research activities.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications provides powerful computers and expert support that researchers in all disciplines can use for advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis. The National Petascale Computing Facility (NPCF) is an 88,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center that houses the NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer, as well as several other supercomputers.
The Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center provides state-of-the art facilities for molecular biology research, including DNA and protein sequencing and oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis. The W. M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics conducts research on the comparative genetic organization, evolution, and function of plant, animal, and microbial genomes and provides sequencing and oligonucleotide synthesis, DNA microarray facilities, and bioinformatics specialists. The Protein Sciences Facility aids researchers in protein sequence analysis, peptide synthesis, and 2D gel electophoresis. Services offered by the Immunological Resource Center include the creation, purification, and immunochemical labeling of antibodies. In addition to a state-of-the art cell sorter, the Flow Cytometry Facility maintains several satellite flow cytometry machines throughout campus.
The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group is a pioneer in the realm of high-performance computing. The group maintains a wide selection of computers divided into four main categories: computing power, visualization equipment, desktop workstations, and infrastructure. The group also relies extensively on the nation’s supercomputers.
The College of Veterinary Medicine has modern clinical and basic sciences facilities for research, ranging from basic biomedical studies to applied clinical and field studies under controlled confinement and natural environmental conditions, as well as unique specialty laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
The Center for Microscopic Imaging (CMI) provides students, faculty, and research staff with advanced instrumentation in microscopy for teaching and research. The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory encompasses a range of technologies, including digital mapping, analysis of remotely sensed imagery, spatial statistics, and the use of global positioning systems (GPS). The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is an American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)-accredited facility that provides fee-for-service diagnostic testing to support biomedical research. The VDL is staffed by faculty experts in the fields of pathology, molecular diagnostics, bacteriology, mycology, virology, and parasitology, who are also available for research collaborations. The VDL provides training for researchers at all levels, from students to faculty members. Pathology services include necropsy, histopathology (including immunohistochemistry), clinical chemistry, and hematology, with good laboratory practice (GLP) capabilities. Bacteriology services include aerobic and anaerobic culture and identification, serology, PCR, and fluorescent antibody (FA) testing for suspected microbes, and antibiotic sensitivity testing. Fungal culture and identification services are also available. Virology services include virus isolation, serology, PCR, and FA testing for many viruses. The VDL is located in the College of Veterinary Medicine, with a Zoological Pathology Program located in Chicago. Information about the VDL can be found here.