The University of Arizona

Core Facilities

University of Arizona Core and Shared Services

The Office for Research, Innovation and Impact oversees many shared research facilities. This extensive offering provides faculty, scientists and students with access to not only to the latest instrumentation, but also to experienced staff with expertise in designing and conducting experiments and analyzing data. In addition to high-quality scientific services, many of these facilities also offer training and education.

Please contact the core director or manager or visit the facility's website to determine the availability and fee structure. Investigators outside of the University of Arizona are invited to inquire about the availability of instruments and services by contacting the appropriate core director or manager.

If you publish or receive grants using data or tools generated within our Core Services, please:

  • Acknowledge the Core Services' contributions (see individual pages for information on how to cite a specific core service)
  • Consider authorship for more significant intellectual and planning contributions
  • Notify the core director or manager of publications and awarded grant applications to help us to track and update our records that are required to maintain our quality services

Animal Technologies

Earth and Planetary Science



Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Computing

Genetics, Genomics, and Proteomics



Cell and Tissue Based Technologies









Animal Technologies

Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AzVDL)
Part of the College of Agriculture and Live Sciences, the Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AzVDL) provides diagnostic assistance in animal health to veterinarians, animal owners, university researchers, and state and federal agencies.

Experimental Mouse Shared Resource (EMSR)
The Experimental Mouse Shared Resource (EMSR) offers a continuum of services, from initial consultation and in vivo experimental design, to GEM Production, through Mouse Experimentation and data analysis.

Genetically Engineered Mouse Models (GEMM)
The Genetically Engineered Mouse Models Core (GEMM)provides a variety of mouse genetic engineering services. These services include vector design and construction, gene targeting and blastocyst injection for the production of gene-targeted mice, as well as vector design and construction and DNA microinjection for the production of transgenic mice.

University Animal Care (UAC)
University Animal Care (UAC) provides humane and appropriate animal care, ensuring that the highest standards are met so that each animal's well-being is attended to. This includes providing for the animals' daily needs for clean, safe housing and access to fresh food and water; the provision of necessary veterinary care; and the monitoring of the use of animals by principal investigators and their personnel.


Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource
The Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource provides support to researchers investigating human lifestyle behaviors such as diet, physical activity, anthropometrics measurement, health risks, etc.

Biological Magnetic Resonance (BMR) Facility
The Biological Magnetic Resonance Facility (BMR) facility provides access to state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) instrumentation for biomedical research.

Biometry Shared Service
The Biometry Share Service provides services such as protocol development; protocol review; data analysis and reporting; statistical database applications; data services and computer programming; education and training; and statistical consultation and collaboration.

Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Computing

Bio Computing Facility (BCF)
The Bio Computing Facility Provides Services and Support for data analysis, storage, and management; managing high throughput and compute intensive tasks; data mining and integration; visualization and rapid prototyping; software engineering; laboratory automation and sample tracking; and special topics hands-on workshops and training.

Bioinformatics Shared ResourceThe Bioinformatics Shared Resource provides support in the following areas: analysis of genomic, genetic, proteomics, and other types of molecular data sets of cancer cells and tissues; analysis of large cancer molecular datasets and clinical annotated datasets from NIH consortiums, medical institutions or public resources; biological interpretation of data, including pathway and ontology analysis, systems analysis, genetic vulnerabilities for drug targeting, predictive patterns for outcome, and data modeling; and informatics support for Cancer Center projects and other Shared Resources in the form of tissue and molecular databases, genome databases, and data sharing tools.

High Performance/High Throughput (HPC/HTC) Computing
The High Performance/High Throughput (HPC/HTC) Computing systems provides research resources for testing and running large codes, parallel-processing codes, visualization and scientific applications.

High Performance/High Throughput (HPC/HTC) Storage
The University’s Research Data Center provides for storage of computational data.


Analytical Biophysics Core
The Analytical Biophysics Core facility helps peers and students in the design of experiments such that resulting data will be maximally beneficial, develops new methodologies that are either unique to the science or merely reconstructions of heavily used devices, and help in grant writing and procurement and refurbishment, replacement and reagent sharing.

Cell and Tissue Based Technologies

Cytometry Core Facility (Jointly with UACC)
The Cytometry Core Facility offers instrumentation to analyze and quantify the characteristics of cells and particles in suspension as they stream in single file past a laser beam.

Flow Cytometry Shared Service
The Flow Cytometry Shared Service (FCSS) supports the research needs of all Cancer Center members by providing instrumentation for data acquisition, analysis, and cell sorting, and the technical expertise to interpret results, and develop methods.

Functional Genomics Core Facility (FGC)
The Functional Genomics Core provides researchers with the expertise and technology to perform high-throughput cell biology. The FGC has robotic liquid handling workstations that are programmed to perform custom workflows for researchers needing to automate repetitive cell based or biochemical experiments.

Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis Shared Service (TACMASS)
The Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis Shared Service provides expertise in histological and immunopathological techniques and expert pathological analysis of both human and research animal tissues and cells. TACMASS assists researchers with experimental design and the interpretation of pathological findings. TACMASS is also responsible for the collection, banking, annotation and distribution of surgical biospecimens obtained through the Cancer Center Biospecimen Repository.


Analytical Chemistry Shared Resource (ACSR)
The Analytical Chemistry Shared Resource (ACSR) provides Cancer Center investigators with centralized resources and expertise in performing analytical chemistry assays and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data analysis and interpretation. The Analytical Chemistry Shared Resource has been built around chromatography based instrumentation which provides the sensitivity and selectivity needed for the analysis of small molecules in pre-clinical drug discovery, chemical structure ID/confirmation, and analysis of inorganic chemicals.

Chemistry Cleanroom

The Chemistry Cleanroom Facility in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides a Class 1000/ISO Class 6 environment and contains many of the same types of resources found in semiconductor cleanrooms. This includes, semiconductor photolithography, patterning and wet etching capabilities, physical vapor deposition of metals, and reactive ion etching of substrates.

Chemistry Instrumentation and Electronics Facility (ChIEF)
The Chemistry Instrumentation and Electronics Facility (ChIEF) troubleshoots and repairs a wide variety of electronic equipment in use throughout the department and also to work on new electronic designs that can complement research groups' projects.

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Facility
The Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Facility performs various kinds of EPR experiments, provides an interpretation of the spectroscopic results in terms of chemical, geometrical and electronic structures, and helps to describe the EPR results in publications or reports.

Laboratory for Electron Spectroscopy and Surface Analysis
The Laboratory for Electron Spectroscopy and Surface provides analytical and educational services to the department and university on the preparation, modification, and study of solid surfaces.

Molecular Modeling and Synthetic Chemistry Shared Service (MMSCSS)

The Molecular Modeling Team provides support for projects through an understanding of the structure of a new target protein or nucleic acid, to identifying and developing new lead molecules for a therapeutic target. The Synthetic Chemistry Shared Service provides consultation on the chemical aspects of ongoing cancer research projects and custom synthesis of chemicals that are not commercially available.

Mass Spectrometry Facility (MSF)
The Mass Spectrometry Facility (MSF) mass spectrometric and analytical services, including molecular weight and chemical composition determinations, structure elucidations, and qualitative and quantitative analyses of organic, inorganic and biological compounds.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility manages six superconducting pulsed Fourier-transform NMR instruments.

X-ray Diffraction Facility
The X-ray diffraction facility is part of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona. It is a shared multi-user instrumentation facility capable of carrying out experimental work on single-crystal and powder samples of chemical compounds for the purpose of determining molecular structure in the solid-state.


Centralized Cancer Clinical Trials Unit (C3)
The Centralized Cancer Clinical Trials Unit facilitates the management, coordination and conduct of clinical research at The University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Clinical and Translational Science Center
The Clinical and Translational Science Center provides a wide range of services for clinical studies, including exam and infusion rooms, PK monitoring, study coordination, study design, etc.


Bio Computing Facility (BCF)
The Bio Computing Facility (BCF) provides comprehensive computational infrastructure (cyberinfrastructure) for life sciences research projects.

CyVerse provides a national cyber infrastructure for life science research as well as training scientists in using such high performance computing resources. Formerly the iPlant Collaborative, CyVerse provides a platform for data storage, bioinformatics tools, image analyses, and cloud services. CyVerse also allows programmatic access through multiple APIs. The CyVerse Learning Center provides valuable information for getting started using CyVerse resources.

High Performance Computing (HPC)
The High Performance Computing (HPC) systems provides research resources for testing and running large codes, parallel-processing codes, visualization and scientific applications.

High Performance (HPC) Storage
The University’s Research Data Center provides for storage of computational data.

Informatics/Bioinformatics Shared Service
The Informatics/Bioinformatics Shared Service provides bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics support, collects, stores, and makes available a variety of molecular and genetic data on cancer genomes and uses established computational tools and develops new tools as needed for analysis of all genome-related data.

Visualization Consulting - Research Computing
Visualization Consulting is a service that allows researchers to create graphical representations of data and simulation.  There computer-generated images and animations allow researchers to visually analyze their data and explore infinite results while changing parameters. Services include consulting, training, demonstrations and equipment for high-resolution visualization output and explorations.

Earth and Planetary Science

Arizona Radiogenic Helium Dating Laboratory (ARHDL)
The Arizona Radiogenic Helium Dating Laboratory works with a wide range of geomorphologists and tectonicists to address problems related to uplift, erosion, faulting, and other orogenic issues.

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants
The Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants assists faculty, student and staff researchers working in the field of water sustainability to detect, quantify and speciate organic and inorganic micro-pollutants – including dissolved and nano-particulate components - in complex environmental matrices.

Arizona LaserChron Center
The Arizona LaserChron Center is an National Science Foundation multi-user facility that is designed to address problems in Earth Science through the generation of U-Th-Pb geochronologic data and complementary geochemical information by LA-ICPMS.

Arizona Noble Gases Laboratory (ANGL)
The Arizona Noble Gases Laboratory offers isotopic analysis and age determination of extraterrestrial and terrestrial sample.

Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Laboratory
The Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Laboratory is used primarily to provide radiocarbon measurements.

Environmental Isotope Laboratory
The Environmental Isotope Laboratory provides radiocarbon dating, measurement of natural levels of tritium in water, stable isotope analyses of water, carbonates, brines, sulfide and sulfate minerals.


Micro/Nano Fabrication Center (MNFC)
The Micro Nano Fabrication Center offers industrial space and facilities, industrial cleanroom space and facilities, device processing and characterization equipment.

Genetics, Genomics, and Proteomics

Arizona Proteomics Consortium
The Proteomics Shared Service provides expertise in analyzing proteins for their identity, quantity and function via state-of-the art modern mass spectrometry and peripheral analytical instrumentation.  The Consortium is comprised of Service Labs that include the Proteomics Shared Service (PSS) of the UA Cancer Center and the Proteomics Facility Core of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center.

Functional Genomics Core Facility (FGC)
The Functional Genomics Core provides researchers with the capacity to run high-throughput compound, RNAi, and deletion library based screens for the purpose of network analysis, drug and/or target discovery.

Genetics Core Facility (UAGC)
The Genetics Core offers access to resources and services to help investigators, educators, students and the biotech community conduct and promote research in the field of genomics. UAGC provides a wide range of molecular biology services and support ranging from Complete Solutions to fee-per-use services.

Genomics Shared Service (GSS)
The Genomics Shared Service provides expertise and technology for performing genomics studies. It has commercial microarray platforms, and next-generation sequencing for analysis of gene expression, mutations, DNA-based analysis (DNA methylation, ChIP on chip, re-sequencing), and custom analysis. The GSS also provides consultation for sample preparation, sample quality control, and real time RT-PCR and PCR services.


Biomedical Imaging Core (Phoenix)
The Biomedical Imaging Core offers leading edge multiphoton and confocal microscopy for biomedical imaging and data collection. Conveniently located on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, the core is designed to be a community-based resource available to UA affiliated and non-affiliated faculty and researchers.

For questions, or to learn more about how the Biomedical Imaging Core can enhance your research, please contact Trent Anderson, PhD

Cancer Imaging Shared Service
The Cancer Imaging Shared Service provides: bioluminescence and fluorescence image capture and analysis of small animals; digital image analysis of histologic, immunohistochemical or fluorescence samples; and MicroCT for small animals..

Cellular Imaging Facility Core
The Cellular Imaging Facility Core assists Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center members in designing experiments involving microscopy and imaging techniques.

Imaging Cores – Life Sciences North
Offering Biomedical microscopy at the highest resolutions possible this facility includes a full-service electron microscopy lab, a superresolution fluorescence microscope (Zeiss Elyra S.1), and a multifunction motorized widefield & fluorescence microscope.

Microscopy Alliance
The Microscopy Alliance is a collaborative effort to make information about the University's microscopy core facilities more accessible to users. This searchable website lists microscopy-related core facilities and equipment that are broadly and easily accessible to the UA research community.

Imaging Cores – Marley
Biomedical optical microscopy with an inverted Zeiss LSM880 spectral confocal microscope, an upright Zeiss LSM880 multiphoton/confocal microscope with multiple detectors, including an Airyscan. Coming soon a custom built three photon microscope.

W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Imaging (KECK)
The Keck Center for Nano-Scale Imaging is an interdisciplinary research facility in nano-science and nanotechnology administered by the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and open to all University of Arizona research groups.

Imaging Cores – Kuiper
Materials science microscopy including a Focused Ion Beam SEM and (coming soon) a 300keV transmission electron microscope. Includes Scanning Electron Microscopes (including an FE-SEM) with energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis, and an optical Raman spectroscopy system.

Imaging Cores - Biomedical Research Laboratory
Small animal imaging with 7T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) instrument with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) capabilities. Additional small animal imaging capabilities include high resolution Ultrasound imaging (VEVO 2100). Preclinical imaging of human subjects is available with a 3T MRI.

MCB Imaging Facility
Offering fluorescence deconvolution microscopy, which is particularly well suited for thinner samples that may be too dim to image on a confocal microscope.

The Michael J. Drake Electron Microprobe Laboratory
This Laboratory is equipped with CAMECA SX100 Ultra and CAMECA SX50 electron probe microanalyzers (EPMA) that perform rapid, non-destructive chemical analysis of solid samples.

Arizona LaserChron SEM Facility
This Laboratory consists of a Hitachi 3400N SEM equipped with a Gatan Chroma Cathodoluminescence system and an Oxford EDS/EBSD system.


Experimental Radiation Shared Service (ERSS)
The Experimental Radiation Shared Service provides investigators with access to a high dose rate ionizing radiation facility dedicated to research


Glass Shop - Chemistry and Biochemistry
The glassblowing facility is a full-service shop primarily engaged in the design and fabrication of specialized scientific glassware as well as repairs and modifications of existing glassware.

Machine Shop - Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Machine Shop is a full-service precision machine shop specializing in the design and construction of custom mechanical equipment for scientific research and teaching. It is a research support component of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona and also performs work for other University departments.

Media Facility - Bio5
The Bio5 Media Facility provides microbiological media, plant tissue culture media, buffers, custom mammalian cell culture media, and other formulations tailored to researchers’ specific research needs.

Machining and Welding Center
The Machining and Welding Center is an ISO 9001 compliant facility that provides researchers with precision machining, welding, mechanical design, and inspection services. The Center’s projects range from Biomedical to Astronomy and Space. The Center can also provide a basic machine shop safety course to departments on campus.

Cryogenics and Gas Facility
Cryogenics and Gas Facility is the sole source provider for cryogenics and compressed gases for the University. It provides cryogenic and compressed gas products, consultation, departmental instructional support and community outreach programs. The Cryogenic Facility also serves as a support center for the research community, by providing information on compressed gases, appropriate hardware selection, hands-on training, and troubleshooting of associated equipment.


Statistical Consulting - Research Computing
Research Computing services provides assistance with statistical analysis and software to researchers in any discipline. They consult on experimental design, data analysis, interpretation and plotting of results, software selection, programming, design and analysis of questionnaires, and creation of online surveys.

Statistics Consulting Laboratory (Stat Lab)
The Arizona Statistics Consulting Laboratory (Stat Lab) provides statistical expertise, personnel and computing resources to facilitate study design and conduct, data acquisition protocols, data analysis, and the preparation of grants and manuscripts, adapt and develop new statistical methods.