Biomedical Imaging Center
The Biomedical Imaging Center's goal is to conduct research and develop MRI technology that addresses questions ranging from the single cell to the complex inter-dependent systems underlying cognitive function. The Biomedical Imaging Center is committed to the development of cutting edge techniques which integrate magnetic resonance methods with other imaging techniques, including optical imaging, eye-tracking, EEG and MEG.
Imaging Technology Group
The Imaging Technology Group (ITG) serves dozens of research groups and hundreds of researchers from the Beckman Institute and nearly every department on campus, providing state-of-the-art microscopy/spectroscopy and image processing/rendering through its Microscopy Suite, in the basement, and Visualization Laboratory, on the fourth floor. Users of each facility are given 24-hour access as well as space to store their data on secure remotely accessible servers. Thus a user who has collected data in the Microscopy Suite may access that data from the Visualization Laboratory, elsewhere in the University, and from home.
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) was founded on the vision of converging the university’s resources and expertise to address grand challenges facing society. The Institute 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, and genome technology. The IGB houses several facilities, including the microfabrication laboratory, a plant growth facility, and a microscopy suite.
Core Facilities at the IGB is a resource for biological microscopy and image analysis. Facilities are conveniently located, providing a variety of services to both IGB researchers and others in the campus community. The facility aims to encourage innovation by allowing researchers to try new techniques and approaches for achieving research goals without a significant investment in instrumentation or time. The Core Facilities is a ZEISS Labs@location partner, providing both beta instrumentation and advance training to the campus.
Coordinated Science Laboratory
The Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) 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.
Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory
The Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) fosters interdisciplinary research at the forefront of materials science. MRL brings together world-class faculty and students in condensed matter physics, materials chemistry, and materials science in a highly collaborative research environment. It 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 facilities can be divided into six core areas: electron microscopy, surface analysis, x-ray scattering, laser spectroscopy, micro/nanofabrication, and computation.
Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
The Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) is one of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated university-based facilities for conducting photonics, microelectronics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology research. MNTL is the place where campus researchers and visiting scientists come to design, build, and test innovative nanoscale technologies with feature sizes that span the range of atoms to entire systems. It is a user facility, with over 8,000 square feet of class 100 and class 1000 clean room laboratories, 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. MNTL’s faculty and students are engaged in research that addresses many of the most pressing challenges facing our society. Applications include high-speed data communications, high efficiency lighting, solar power, flexible electronics, biomedical imaging, biomedical diagnostics, new tools for life science research, environmental monitoring, and novel microelectronics/photonics concepts for next-generation computing architectures.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is a hub of transdisciplinary research and digital scholarship where University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students, and collaborators from around the globe, unite to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. Current research focus areas are Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Computing and Data Sciences, Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Materials and Manufacturing, and Physics and Astronomy. The Center also provides integrated cyberinfrastructure—computing, data, networking, and visualization resources and expertise that are essential to the work of scientists, engineers, and scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and across the country. In addition, 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.
Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center
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 electrophoresis. 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.
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group
The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group (TCBG) focus on structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell, as well as on the development of new algorithms and efficient computing tools for physical biology. The TCBG brings the most advanced molecular modeling, bioinformatics, and computational technologies to bear on questions of biomedical relevance. They extend, refine and deliver these technologies in response to experimental progress and emerging needs of the wide biomedical research community. The TCBG magnify the impact of their work through direct collaboration with experimental researchers, the distribution of cutting-edge and user-friendly software, and via extensive training, service, and dissemination efforts. 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.
College of Veterinary Medicine
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.