University of Georgia Core Facilities provides state-of-the-art equipment and services to researchers at UGA, other universities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry. These facilities use highly specialized scientific equipment, diagnostic tools, adaptable prototyping processes, and mechanical production shops.
Animal Health Research Center
A safe, secure, state-of-the-art facility enables scientists to study infectious microorganisms, parasites, and toxins in an environment safe for researchers, animals, and the public. One of the most technologically advanced biocontainment facilities in the United States, dedicated to studying infectious diseases that affect both animal and human health.
Bioexpression & Fermentation Facility
Maintains an array of equipment to speed the pace of research, development, and manufacturing. Areas of expertise include molecular biology, fermentation, protein purification, high-containment cell culture, and monoclonal antibodies.
Bio-Imaging Research Center
A multi-imaging suite designed to provide a full range of biological tissue imaging technologies, including a large-bore 3T scanner, a small-bore 7T scanner, an MR acclimation setup, and a research and development team. The electrophysiology suite houses multiple functional brain imaging technologies such as dense array EEG and an integrated MEG/EEG system. Basic phlebotomy service is also available.
Biomedical Microscopy Core
Houses state-of-the-art deconvolution, confocal, super-resolution, and light sheet fluorescence microscope systems useful for multiple applications, including live-cell imaging, high content analysis, and examination of fixed and immunolabeled cell and tissue samples. The facility provides expertise, training, and assistance to researchers who work on different model organisms.
CCRC Analytical Services
Offers analytical services for structural characterization of polysaccharides, proteins, and glycolipids derived from animal, plant, or microbial origin. Includes state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy to determine molecular structures of carbohydrates and proteins and to investigate protein-carbohydrate interactions. Also offers hands-on training courses on analytical techniques used to study complex carbohydrates.
Center for Applied Isotope Studies
Provides accelerator-based radiocarbon measurements and stable isotope, X-ray fluorescence, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry analyses. The center has an established reputation as a pioneer in the development and application of analytical techniques, as a premier analytical laboratory, and as a technical training center.
Center for Drug Discovery
Supports the development of therapeutics through pre-clinical stage collaborations with extramural entities. Offers assistance in the development of cell-based and target-based assay, chemical dispensing, and archiving tasks, as well as a range of pre-clinical toxicology services. Has access to Opera high-content screening system and possesses a wide array of chemical libraries.
Clinical & Translational Research Unit
Supports investigators are conducting clinical and translational studies that advance the understanding, prevention, and treatment of human disease. For students and health sciences trainees, the unit provides opportunities to learn how laboratory discoveries are translated into improved patient outcomes.
Comparative Pathology Laboratory
Provides expert diagnostic and research pathology services to investigators using laboratory animals. Gross pathology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, clinical pathology services, and phenotyping of genetically modified animals. Genetically modified mouse lines are available for cancer research.
Cytometry Shared Resource Laboratory
Provides researchers at UGA and across the scientific community with access to state-of-the-art flow cytometry analyzers, Luminex multiplexing instruments, an imaging flow cytometer, and flow cytometry cell sorters. Also provides expert advice and consultation for the design and analysis of flow experiments.
Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center
Provides high-performance computing and networking infrastructure; a comprehensive collection of scientific, engineering, and business applications; and consulting and training services. GACRC specializes in Linux/UNIX system administration, storage administration, computational computing, virtualization, and database administration.
Georgia Electron Microscopy
Provides application of electron microscopy and related analytical methods for diverse research areas, including biology, biomedical sciences, plant biology, geology, chemistry, textiles, archaeology, engineering, physics, and nanotechnology/materials analysis.
Georgia Genomics & Bioinformatics Core
UGA’s core laboratory for nucleic acid sequencing and bioinformatics. Services encompass the range of genomic techniques, applications, and sequencing technologies, bioinformatics consultation on experimental design, selection of the appropriate sequencing platforms, and bioinformatics analyses.
Impact Evaluation Unit
Provides turn-key impact evaluation services in partnership with project leaders to document broader impacts of externally funded projects. Services include the design and delivery of impact evaluation frameworks, needs assessments, feasibility studies, process and outcome evaluations, and concept mapping for funded projects.
Instrument Design & Fabrication Shop
Designs, fabricates, repairs, or modifies new or existing equipment and machinery.
Integrated Bioscience & Nanotechnology Cleanroom
A 2,200-square-foot (Phase I) Class 100/1,000 part and a 1,000-square-foot (Phase II) Class 10,000 part. This is a multidisciplinary, nanotechnology-focused fabrication, characterization, and manipulation facility.
Proteomic & Mass Spectrometry
Equipped with a ThermoScientific Orbitrap Elite mass spectrometer for high-resolution and high-mass accuracy analysis; nano HPLC to analyze more complex protein mixtures; and a Bruker Autoflex MALDI for quick analysis of tryptic digests of pure proteins in solution or via in-gel digestion. An in-house version of Mascot for protein identification using researches proprietary or unique databases is available. The facility has other mass spectrometers for sample analysis.
Scientific Glass Blowing Shop
Creates a variety of standard and one-of-a-kind glass items and modifies commercial glassware.
Statistical Consulting Center
Provides statistical consultation and collaboration. The SCC’s faculty and students provide expert statistical assistance in all stages of quantitative research, from proposal and study design through programming and interpretation of results.
Survey Research Center
A nationally recognized polling operation with a primary focus on the state of Georgia. Conducts both live-interviewer surveys and online polls. In addition to conducting its statewide polls relating to Georgia politics and policy, also performs contract work for academic researchers, corporations, non-profits, and state and local government entities.