Core Facilities

The University of Arizona is home to a host of research resources called core facilities or cores—highly specialized testbed facilities available for use by faculty, students, and scientists in government and industry. The core facilities provides users with access not only to the latest instrumentation, but also to experienced staff with expertise in designing and conducting experiments and analyzing data.


Research core facilities, which focus on a variety of disciplines, are shared research facilities that offer:

  • Specialized scientific instruments/equipment for experimental research
  • Cutting-edge technologies for new product research and development
  • Services including training, education, and expert consultation

Our core facilities are:

Unique: Capabilities are not available elsewhere on campus and, in many cases, within the region

Enabling: Open to a broad range of research, fostering a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration

Accessible: In centralized locations to make them equally accessible to all users

Sustainable: Generally recover their cost, or a portion of their cost, by charging user fees


Core facilities are centralized shared research resources that provide access to instruments, technologies, services, as well as expert consultation and other services to scientific and clinical investigators. The typical core facility is a discrete unit within an institution and may have dedicated personnel, equipment, and space for operations.

UA faculty and students from a range of disciplines may use core facilities, as individuals or in collaborative partnerships with the research community outside the University. Scientists from government, NGO and industry may also use core facilities and services.

In general, core facilities recover their cost, or a portion of their cost, of providing service in the form of user fees that are charged to a core researcher’s funds – often federal grants, university funds, external revenue or any combination of these.

To learn more, we invite you to explore the core facilities below. Contact the core director or manager for information about availability and fees.

Mission & Vision

The Research, Innovation and Impact office (RII) facilitates the creation and sharing of new knowledge with a broad range of constituencies, as part of the super land-grant mission of the University of Arizona.

Core facilities, research institutes and centers at the University of Arizona play key roles in advancing and maintaining excellence in shared scholarship and creation of new knowledge. Core UA Research Facilities will ensure that UA researchers are at the forefront of their fields, and that they have the greatest possible impact:

  1. in answering significant research questions;
  2. in graduate and undergraduate training and education, and;
  3. on economic development, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Core research facilities will facilitate synergism and are intended to be places where new cross-­disciplinary collaborations are born. Core research facilities will often be the primary point of contact between UA and companies needing our expertise to answer important research and development questions—a natural outgrowth of our land grant mission

RDI Core Facilities

Analytical & Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility

The Mass Spectrometry Facility provides state-of-the-art support in a variety of research areas on-and off-campus. Services include molecular weight and chemical composition determinations, structure elucidations and compounds analysis.

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Cryogenics & Compressed Gas Facility

The Cryogenics & Compressed Gas Facility (CGF) supplies cryogenic liquids, gases, and dry ice across campus and outside the University. With its knowledgeable and experienced team, the Facility is the designated provider for all such products at the UA.

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Flow Cytometry Shared Resource

The Flow Cytometry Shared Resource (CCF) offers instrumentation to analyze, quantify, and sort cells and particles in a fluid suspension.

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Functional Genomics Core

The Functional Genomics Core (FGC) provides capacity for high-throughput chemical, RNAi, and deletion library-based screens for the purpose of network analysis, drug and target discovery.

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Imaging Cores, Kuiper—Electron Microscopy

The Imaging Cores, Kuiper – Electron Microscopy provide access to cutting-edge instrumentation for electron microscopy – the backbone of nanotechnology – and Raman spectroscopy. Experienced personnel can assist and facilitate research.

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Imaging Cores, Life Sciences North - Optical & Electron Microscopy

The IC LSN provide high-tech, high-resolution microscope tools to the UA biomedical research community, as well as industry partners.

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Imaging Cores, Marley Light Microscopy Facility

IC Marley is available to help researchers with light microscopy-based research projects. Housing state-of-the-art laser scanning confocal microscopes, it offers technical support to advance scientific inquiry and aid in experimental design.

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Micro/Nano Fabrication Center

The Micro/Nano Fabrication Center, or MNFC, offers industrial space and facilities, device processing, and characterization equipment to researchers from academia, federal agencies, and the private sector.

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The Machining & Welding Center

The Machining and Welding Center, or MWC, provides prototype machining, designing, fabrication, welding, consultation, instructional support, and community outreach programs.

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Translational Bioimaging Resource - Small Animals

The Translational Bioimaging Resource – Small Animals does small animal MR and PET/MR imaging.

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Translational Bioimaging Resource – High-Resolution Ultrasound Facility

HRUF provides small-animal ultrasound imaging with axial resolution down to 30 microns. With the VisualSonics Vevo 2100, as well as data management and analysis software, the system can be used for biomedical research and material characterization

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Translational Bioimaging Resource–MRI

The Magnetic Resonance Research Facility (MRRF) supports MRI research within the University community and for industry partners in pharmaceuticals, health care, veterinary care, and behavioral sciences.

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UA Genetics Core (UAGC)

The University of Arizona Genetics Core, or UAGC, processes biological materials including tissue, blood, cells, DNA or RNA and produces genetic data such as DNA sequences, mutational profiles, transgenic state and gene expression analysis.

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