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Core Facilities

The Office of Research Core Facilities works to leverage equipment, resources and highly qualified staff that are accessible by a broad group of researchers within and outside of UH. Although cores exist at the University, college and department level, they maintain a common organizational umbrella under the Division of Research. The Office also manages research buildings and works with the colleges to address and meet research infrastructure needs.

  • Animal Behavior Core
    Services: the UH ABC is available to all UH researchers that would like to use ABC equipment, or want to request rodent behavioral testing. External clients may request a full range of behavioral testing services offered by the UH ABC.
    Facilities: approximately 2000 ft2 of area, 11 separate testing rooms, wide variety of behavioral testing equipment, all assessments are available for both mouse and rat models, latest Noldus software for acquisition and analysis of numerous behavioral measures.
  • Animal Care Operations
    Services: ACO provides professional veterinary, surgical, and animal care services. Training is available on the care and use of animals for UH faculty, staff, and trainees.
    Equipment: Autoclaves, Class II Hoods, Clean Air Cabinets, Rack Assemblies, Work Stations, etc.
  • Burdette Keeland, Jr. Design Exploration Center
    Services: fabrication space for students at the University of Houston College of Architecture and Design with over 50 total machines. Equipped with the latest in wood working, metal working, and digital fabrication tools. Students who have attended safety orientations and instructional demonstrations have convenient access to important tools of their professions, providing them valuable experience in prototyping, fabrication, and model building as they compete in their discipline.
  • Biology and Biochemistry Imaging Core
    Services: Provides the local research community with affordable access to advanced microscopy instrumentation and to provide training in the use of these instruments. Aims to help you get the best data from your experiments through the use of confocal microscopy, Ca2+ imaging, FRAP, FRET and other advanced microscopy techniques.
    Equipment: Olympus FV1000 inverted confocal microscope; Leica SP8 upright confocal microscope in our main room (SR2 328A). A Leica MZ8 dissecting stereoscope is available for use in sample preparation.
  • Biomedical Engineering Research Core Laboratory
    Services: Provide researchers with a single facility where they can access various tools to carry out their research in Molecular and Cell Biology, Imaging, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.
    Equipment: The BMERCL is equipped with Laboratory Benches, Sinks, Safety shower and eye-wash station, Chemical Fume Hood, Water RO and Purification System, Autoclave, Storage space at 4˚C, -20˚C, -85˚C, and Liquid Nitrogen dewer, Table-Top Refrigerated Centrifuge, and SuperSpeed Centrifuge. BSL 2 facility to conduct cell and tissue engineering research; Microscope room equipped with two Olympus Fluorescence Microscopes: an inverted and an upright microscope; Set-up to produce both paraffin embedded and frozen tissue sections. It also houses an automated slide stainer; Multimode Plate Reader, two Nanodrop instruments (a UV/Vis and a Fluorescence spectrophotometer), an HP/Agilent diode-array UV/Vis spectrophotometer, and a NanoLog spectrofluorometer; Equipped with a Quantitative Real Time Thermocycler and a Microarray Scanner; Houses a Gel Documentation System.
  • Center for Advanced Computing & Data Systems
  • Center for Life Sciences Technology
    Services: Engaged in developing innovative interdisciplinary reserach-based education, 21st century workforce development, outreach, and cutting edge research.
    Equipment: Bio Fermentors; Chromatographic Systems; Sequencing amd PCR; Plate Reader and Spectrophotometer; Centrifuguration, etc.
  • Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling
  • Center for Petroleum Geochemistry
    Services: Industry Directed Research and Development; Specialized Technical Support; Multiciscipline-Trained Professionals
    Equipment: Allied Geophysical Laboratories; Carbonate Research Lab;  Geochemistry: ICP AES, ICP-MS Hydrogeochemistry Lab; Hydrogeology Field Equipment; MC-ICP-MS Lab; Paleomagnetics Lab; Platinum Group Element Geochemistry And Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer Lab; Stable Isotope Lab; Thermochronology Lab; X-Ray Crystallography;  Etc.
  • CHBE Machine Shop Service Center
    Services: Machine and fabrication services
    Equipment: HAAS CNC Mill; Colcheseter 600 CNC Lathe; MSC Milling Machine; Drill Press; Bridge Port Mill; LeBlond Lathe; Band Saw; Metal Shear, Bench Shear; Bench Metal Shear; Wilton Horizontal Ban Saw; Miller TIG Welder; Misc. Grinders; etc.
  • Chemistry Service Facilities (Electronic, Glass, Machine, NMR, X-Ray)
    Services: Scientific glassblowing services; custom fabricate glassware. Provides scientific machining services; fabricate apparatus and parts from a variety of materials to custom design specifications; also provide repair work and assist with design.   
    GE QE-300 Broad-Band VT; JEOL GSX-270 NMR Broad-Band VT/CP-MAS; Apple Centris 650; LaserWriter Select;  HP Laserjet IIIP; Lexmark 1620 Laser Printer;  IBM PC;  Silicon Graphics O2; Powerbook 520 Lap Top.
    Equipment: Crystallographic analysis; X-Ray powder diffractometer; CCD X-ray diffractometer. X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy; Phi 5700 ESCA System; Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry; Phi 6600 SIMS System; Tag 324061 Tektronix TDS305B Plus Bundle Tag 327143 Spectrum Analyzer Tag 705685 Dell Latitude D630; GE QE-300 C/H only;  Apple Quadra 700; NMR processing software; NMR Processing software called Nuts (full package); Microsoft Office; HP LaserJet 4SI printer (Networked); Networked to Quadra.
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Machine Shops & Labs (CEEMSL)
    Equipment: Welding, machine shop, forklift, etc.
  • Cullen College of Engineering Microscopy Center (credentials required)
    Services: Scanning electron microscopy.
    Equipment: Leo 1525 Scanning electron microscope.
  • Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Center for Petroleum Geochemistry
  • Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Electron Microprobe Laboratory
  • Electrical Engineering Machine Shop
  • Electron Microbe Laboratory
    Services: Precise chemical analysis of very small samples (or small portions of samples) down to approximately 1 micron (0.001mm) in size.
    Equipment: CAMECA SX50.
  • Electronic Materials Characterization Center
  • Geosciences Remote Sensing (GeoRS) Facility
    Services: Terrestrial Laser Scanning and the Hyperspectral Camera.
    Equipment: Remote Sensing and GPS;  Shallow Geophysical Facilities: GSSI SIR-3000 Ground Penetrating Radar (400 MHz, 200 MHz and 100 MHz antennaes), GSSI EM Profiler. Data Storage and Web Application: 8 TB Fail Safe (redundant) File Server; GIS Server for Web Mapping Applications to share results of finished or ongoing research with clients or public; 4 iPads; Plotter Printer; etc.
  • Geosensing Imaging & Mapping (GIM) Laboratory – NCALM
  • ICP Analytical Research Laboratories
    Services: ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma) research laboratory specializes in characterizing the chemical and isotopic compositions of materials, including the ability to provide direct micron-scale analysis of solid samples.
    Equipment: CETAC LSX-213 Laser Ablation System.
  • Imaging Core Facility
  • Laser Ablation Multi-Collector ICO-MS & Geochemistry Laboratory
    Instruments: Nu Instruments Plasma II - Multi Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer equipped with 16 Faraday collectors and 5 Ion counters; Cetac Aridus II - Desolvating nebulizer; Photon Machines Analyte 193 - Short pulse eximer laser ablation system
    Facilities: Class 500 clean lab;  Mineral separation lab
  • Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
    Equipment: Voyager DE-STR Biospectrometry Workstation from Applied Biosystems; LCQ Deca XP Plus from Thermo Finnigan; TRACE MS Plus from Thermo Finnigan.
  • NSM IT Printing Services
  • Physics Machine Shop
  • Sequencing Center
  • Texas Center for Clean Engines, Emissions and Fuels
  • Texas Center for Superconductivity
  • Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) Laboratory
  • UH Nanofabrication Lab
  • Vision Science Core
  • X-Ray Core Facility