Life Sciences Facilities

Core Facilities

Purdue University research cores provide access for faculty, students and collaborators to state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to support basic and translational research in a broad range of scientific fields. Instrumentation, facilities, software and professional assistance are available for the design and conduct of specialized measurements, analysis and interpretation of data, and research collaboration.

See below for an entire list of our cores and their descriptions. A searchable list is available at www.engineering.purdue.edu/VPR/CORES

Agronomy Center of Research and Education

field research on agronomic crops and soils
Agronomy Center of Research and Education

Animal Sciences Research and Education Center

The mission of the Animal Sciences Research and Education Center (ASREC) is to provide animals, facilities, technical assistance and labor to conduct research, provide instruction, and assist in extension educational activities. Research trials vary from basic to applied and involve many disciplines -- nutrition, physiology, behavior, genetics, reproduction, animal health, and product quality. Faculty utilize the Research and Education Center to facilitate teaching several Animal Sciences courses and to help provide hands-on experience for students. Some Extension education activities are held at the center.
Animal Sciences Research and Education Center

Arthur Fungarium and Kriebel Herbarium

An Herbarium is a collection of carefully preserved plant
and/or fungal specimens; a Fungarium is a collection of carefully preserved fungal specimens. The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University houses two herbaria of immense historical and scientific value. The Arthur Fungarium (herbarium acronym PUR) is the largest specialized Fungarium, containing the most important collection of plant rust fungi (order Pucciniales), in the world. The Kriebel Herbarium (acronym PUL) contains non-rust fungi, vascular plants, lichens, algae and bryophytes, and is the oldest herbarium in the state of Indiana. Together the collections contain close to 250,000 specimens dating as far back as 1769 and gathered from across the globe. The collections are an important global resource for scientists and researchers in the fields of botany, mycology, plant pathology, forestry and biology. PUR and PUL arrange for loans of material to other herbaria and researchers around the world, accept material for deposition to voucher scientific studies, and serve as a resource for identifying rust fungi and their host plants from around the world.
Arthur Fungarium and Kriebel Herbarium

Bioinformatics Core

Facilitate, amplify, and accelerate biological research and discovery through application of bioinformatics. Deliver high quality analysis and consultation in a timely and economical manner. Support workshops and learning activities. Support computational resources.
Bioinformatics Core

Biomolecular Cleanroom

2,500 Sq. ft. Bio-Nanotechnology Integration Laboratory
Biomolecular Cleanroom

Biomolecular Screening and Drug Discovery Facility

diverse screening and automated liquid handling / high throughput protein expression cloning
Biomolecular Screening and Drug Discovery Facility

Biophysical Analysis Laboratory

Biophysical analysis of Proteins, DNA, RNA, and other molecules.
Biophysical Analysis Laboratory

Bioscience Imaging Facility

We provide the instruments and expertise needed to visualize molecules in preparations ranging from single cells to entire animals. All facility users receive individualized instrument training as well as project specific advice for optimal data acquisition. Consultation on sample preparation, image rendering, and data analysis are also available as our knowledge base permits.
Bioscience Imaging Facility

Birck Nanotechnology Center BioNanotechnology Laboratories (BNC-BNL)

BNC-BNL is located at the Birck Nanotechnology center. It provides researchers a place where they can take their drug delivery (e.g. BioMEMS/NEMS or Biosensor) device or nanoparticle-driven from idea stage to a viable prototype to in-vitro testing and basic sterility testing. A CTSI core facility.
Birck Nanotechnology Center BioNanotechnology Laboratories (BNC-BNL)

Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development

Develop the next generation of analytical instrumentation for chemistry, life science and point-of-need applications in medicine, industry, and public safety. Expand participation to other regional institutions. Prominent among these instrumental methods is the application of mass spectrometry to problems of national and world interest and the miniaturization of mass spectrometry to further those aims.
Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development

Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems

The Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems (CERIS) is a recognized center at Purdue University providing agricultural information resource technologies and applications in the form of searchable databases with web interfaces, collaborative web sites with updating, and dynamic map resources of pest survey and plant diagnostic data. Since the 1980?s its content has focused on plant export regulations, pest survey data, plant diagnostic data, and pesticides and has collaborated with key federal and state agencies along with industry. A new project under development with Entomology and Plant Pathology is the creation of an iPhone application for ornamental diagnostics.
Center for Environmental and Regulatory Information Systems

Center for Materials Processing and Tribology - Metrology Laboratory

Surface and mechanical property characterization
Center for Materials Processing and Tribology - Metrology Laboratory

Center for Materials under eXtreme Environment (CMUXE)

Center for Materials under extreme environments (CMUXE) is a research unit at Purdue University aimed at promoting nuclear, material science, plasma research, and education. Members of CMUXE perform basic and applied research in wide variety of interdisciplinary fields. The major thrust area is the interactions of high-intensity, modulated energy beams: electromagnetic radiation, plasma, electrons, ions and other particle sources (i.e. clusters, molecules) with matter. The CMUXE combines both advanced integrated computational tools, i.e., HEIGHTS simulation package and state-of-the art experimental devices.
Center for Materials under eXtreme Environment (CMUXE)

Christopher and Susan Burke Hydraulics and Hydrology Laboratory

Mechanics of Water Transport Processes in Environmental and Engineering Flows; field and laboratory investigations of water quantity and quality.
Christopher and Susan Burke Hydraulics and Hydrology Laboratory

Computational Life Sciences and Informatics

Development and application of computational tools and techniques to solve complex life science problems, specializing in mass-spectrometry differential ‘omics, including custom data management, database analysis and design, and software development.
Computational Life Sciences and Informatics

Dynamic Mechanics Laboratory

We develop innovative dynamic experimental techniques to determine the mechanical response of challenging materials and structures under impact loading conditions. We have extensive experiences in characterizing materials from as soft as gel rubbers to as hard as armor ceramics, from as small as a single spider silk to as large as instrumented concrete targets. A recent book (Split Hopkinson (Kolsky) Bar by Springer) documents some of our previous work.
Dynamic Mechanics Laboratory

Electron Microscopy

Electron Microscopy facility in Birck has Hitachi S4800 cold field-emission scanning electron microscope, equipped with STEM capability; FEI Nova 200 Dual Beam system, equipped with a Klocke nanomanipulator for site specific sample preparation; and FEI Environmental S/TEM 80-300 Titan.
Electron Microscopy

Epitaxy

The Epitaxy recharge center consists of three deposition tools for thin film research as well as a high resolution x-ray diffractometer for thin film characterization. Equipment in recharge center: Nitride Sputter System (PVD Products), Oxide Pulsed Laser Deposition (PVD Products), High resolution x-ray diffractometer HRXRD (PANalytical), organometallic vapor phase epitaxy/Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition OMVPE/MOCVD (Aixtron), Laser annealing (Lambda Physik), Laser lift-off (Lambda Physik).
Epitaxy

Flow cytometry and cell separation facility

The Bindley Bioscience Flow Cytometry and Cell Separation Facility provides advanced cell and particle analysis and sorting using flow cytometry based technology. The facility also provides training in flow cytometry analysis and sorting techniques. The facility also provides expert consultation for assay and protocol development for flow cytometry analysis and cell separation.
Flow cytometry and cell separation facility

Food Science Pilot Laboratory

Wet chemistry, microbiology, and food product development
Food Science Pilot Laboratory

Genomics Core Facility

The Purdue Genomics Core facility has more than a decade of experience in DNA sequencing and provides "next generation", high and low-throughput sequencing services as well as first-pass informatics support.
Genomics Core Facility

Laboratory for Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE)

Carries out research, training, and discovery in transforming renewable resources into biofuels and bioproducts. Couples fundamental research in renewable resources to the art and science of scale-up for purposes of design, prototyping, and operation of industrial systems that are economic, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. Provides research services in microbiology, fermentation, liquid chromatography and biomass analysis.
Laboratory for Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE)

Life Sciences Electron Microscopy Facility

The LSMF is a full service electron microscopy core with both service and individual use options. Equipment includes two field-emission SEMs equipped with cryo, EDX, low vacuum, and tensile stage. Also available are 2 TEMs, routine and cryo sample preparation instrumentation, and other support equipment. Basic light microscopes are equipped with color digital cameras and optics for Bright-field, Nomarski DIC contrast, Fluorescence, and stereo imaging.
Life Sciences Electron Microscopy Facility

Metabolite profiling facility (MPF)

The laboratory utilizes gas chromatography and liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry for the analyses of small, biological molecules. We collaborate with research investigators who are conducting metabolomic studies, by providing technical assistance with sample preparation, data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of experimental information. The lab performs both quantitative analysis and non-targeted d molecular screening.
Metabolite profiling facility (MPF)

Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition – MPCVD

This Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition system (SEKI-5200S) produces a variety of carbon-based nano- and micro-materials including carbon nanotubes, graphene, and diamond thin films. It operates at moderate pressure near 10 Torr with typical process gas mixtures consisting of hydrogen and methane. The system features an inductively heated stage, 1-2 inch active deposition area, temperature control through thermocouples supplemented by a dual-wavelength pyrometer, and recently added laser diagnostics of plasma species.
Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition – MPCVD

Optics and Spectroscopy

Spectrophotometer Lambda 950; Micro-Sample Spectrometer; Raman Spectrometer T64000 with the excitation lasers: tunable Ar/Kr, CW 10 mW per wavelength, 10 wavelength across the visible range, femtosecond/picosecond regenerative amplifier-OPA system; Nanonics NSOM/ Luminescence Mapping with the excitations lasers: HeNe 633 nm, solid state 532 nm, Diode 785 nm.
Optics and Spectroscopy

Physiological Sensing Facility

Cellular and tissue metabolism, cell-signaling, neurophysiology, environmental toxicology, biosensing, bionanomaterials, lab-on-a-chip systems, bioMEMS, biophysical sensing
Physiological Sensing Facility

Purdue Agriculture Air Quality Lab

monitoring equipment for air quality, odor evaluation lab, trace contaminant lab
Purdue Agriculture Air Quality Lab

Purdue Cryo-EM Facility

The Purdue Cryo-EM Facility is a member of the Purdue EM Consortium and a designated Indiana CTSI Core Facility. Our facility is available to Purdue, other academic institutes, and industry users. It provides state-of-the-art instruments and expertise for high resolution structure determination of viruses, larger macromolecular complexes, nano-particles, as well as tomographic visualization of virus-cell interactions by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and three-dimensional (3-D) image reconstruction.
Purdue Cryo-EM Facility

Purdue Proteomics Facility

Mass spectrometry analyses of peptides and proteins. Maldi and ESI analysis, comparative proteomics, peptides sequencing, proteins identification and analysis, database search analysis, quantitative analysis, biomarkers discovery, proteins digestion. Amino acid analysis
Purdue Proteomics Facility

Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) lab

The Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) facility is a state-of-the-art multi-user, stable isotope laboratory housed in the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department at Purdue University.
Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) lab

Purdue Translational Pharmacology Facility

in vivo pharmacology with swine model and unique PigTurn monitoring and sampling system
Purdue Translational Pharmacology Facility

Scifres Nanofabrication Cleanroom

25,000 sq. ft. Class 1-10-100 Nanofabrication Laboratory
Scifres Nanofabrication Cleanroom

Sensory Evaluation Laboratories

Subjective testing of food acceptability
Sensory Evaluation Laboratories

Scanning Probe Microscopy

Scanning Probe Microscopy, Nanotec Air STM, Omicron UHV STM
Scanning Probe Microscopy

Surface Analysis

Kratos XPS; Omicron Surface Analysis Cluster
Surface Analysis

Vistec Ebeam

Vistec VB6 Electron Beam Lithography Writing Tool
Vistec VB6 Electron Beam Lithography Writing Tool

Water Quality Field Station

Studies of the impact of agriculture and agricultural inputs on water and air quality; 54 tiled and instruments drainage plots
Water Quality Field Station

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