University facilities

Characterization Facility

Characterization Facility (CharFac) is a multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research spanning from nanotechnology to biology and medicine. Its analytical capabilities include microscopy via electron beams, force probes and visible light; elemental and chemical imaging including depth profiling; elemental, chemical and mass spectroscopy; atomic and molecular structure analysis via X-ray, ion or electron scattering; nanomechanical and nanotribological probes; and other tools for surface and thin-film metrology. 

Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development

The Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development carries out interdisciplinary research, helps educate the next generation of scientists, and enhances the biomedical research infrastructure by creating opportunities for drug discovery and early pre-clinical drug development through collaborations between various schools, colleges and research centers as well as industrial and academic partners. Its cutting-edge scientific facilities and equipment has laboratories organized into cores that focus on chemical process development, high throughput screening, lead and probe discovery, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology. It also offers purification and analytical services.

Mass Cytometry Initiative

Mass Cytometry Initiative: Mass cytometry is a powerful technology for the high-throughput analysis of single cells and represents the next generation of flow cytometry. This technique can measure up to 34 molecular targets (proteins) per cell, which makes it possible to identify different cell subtypes, changes in status during maturation, differentiation, cellular senescence, or degradation as well as different response to drug treatments.

Minnesota Nano Center

The Minnesota Nano Center (MNC) s a state-of-the-art facility for interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and applied nanotechnology. It offers a comprehensive set of tools to help researchers develop new micro- and nanoscale devices such as integrated circuits, advanced sensors, microelectromechanical systems, and microfluidic systems. It is also equipped to support nanotechnology research that spans many science and engineering fields, allowing advances in areas as diverse as cell biology, high performance materials, and biomedical device engineering. The MNC has two facilities, one located in Keller Hall and the other in the Physics and Nanotechnology building.

Minnesota NMR Center

The mission of the Minnesota NMR Center is to enhance the research infrastructure available for faculty involved in the disciplines of structural biology, metabolomics, small molecules and drugs, and soft and hard matterby ensuring access to state-of-the-art for both solution and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance.

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) provides researchers with access to high-performance computing resources and user support to facilitate successful and cutting-edge research in all disciplines, helps researchers attract funding, contributes to undergraduate and graduate education, and benefits the broader community.

University Imaging Centers

The University Imaging Centers (UIC) compose a network of core imaging facility locations for advanced optical imaging and basic electron microscopy located within the Academic Health Center/Medical School (1-151 Jackson Hall and 1-220 Cancer Cardiovascular Research Building, Minneapolis) and College of Biological Sciences (23 Snyder Hall, Saint Paul). The UIC helps researchers with design of imaging experiments, choice of and training on suitable imaging systems, and subsequent image processing, visualization and analysis.