Shared research resources, focused on your life science, physical science, and engineering projects

The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building (CBIS) supports several state-of-the-art Research Cores that are available to all Rensselaer faculty, staff and students and also to external academic and industrial collaborators and researchers. CBIS is one of the most advanced research facilities in the nation. We are also unique in our ability to generate innovation and discovery at the interface of the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. Our interdisciplinary research teams perform fundamental, applied, and translational research.

Each core facility is led by a director holding a Ph.D. in their respective area and engaged in research. All core facilities are open to students, post-doctoral fellows and principal investigators and operate on a fee-for-service basis.

If you would like to become a user of our core facilities, the core directors will train you on the specific techniques required for your research. Our mission is to provide service, assistance, and consultation to investigators from commercial, academic, and government research laboratories. 

Consider Sending Us Your Research Samples

In many instances our professional staff will accept your research samples and work with you to process and analyze them. Please contact us for more details.

CBIS Research Core Administration

Research Core Directors

Research Cores – Snapshots

The Analytical Biochemistry & Nanobiotechnology Research Core includes a Biacore 3000 (surface plasmon resonance) system, Differential Scanning Calorimeter, a fluorimeter, a small angle X-ray scattering system, a circular dichroism spectrophotometer, a UV-vis spectrophotometer, a wide-angle X-ray scattering system and an array of dynamic and static light scattering instruments.

The BioImaging Research Core features a Bruker 600 MHz Wide-Bore Solid-State 14T NMR and Multichannel Heteronuclear Microimaging Spectrometer and a Bruker Pharmascan 16cm 7T Horizontal MRI / MRS system. The Core also integrates equipment from other Corers in imaging studies, including the CT Scanner and the MALDI-TOF/TOF spectrometer.

The BioResearch Core houses multiple research rodent colonies, including transgenic lines, a Zebrafish research facility and a Pharmascan Small Animal Imaging Horizontal MRI / MRS suite. Multiple suites are dedicated to neurobehavior research, circadian research, surgery, necropsy, embryology and cryopreservation, histology and quarantine monitoring.

The Cell & Molecular Biology Core laboratories offer standard tissue culture facilities, a BD FACS sorter and analyzer, an Amaxa Nucleofector 96-well Shuttle System, a GE Typhoon Trio+ Imaging system, multiple thermal cyclers and molecular analysis equipment and an RT-PCR system.

The Microbiology and Fermentation Core includes two 40 liter BioFlo fermentors, a 20 liter BioFlo fermentor, multiple centrifuges and ultracentrifuges, a French Press and an analytical ultracentrifuge.

The Microscopy Core offers multiple Zeiss confocal microscopes (equipped with lasers, multiphoton, and optical tweezer-molecular capture accessories), an Asylum Atomic Force microscope equipped with TIRF accessories and a high resolution Micro CT in vivo scanner.

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core (NMR) houses an 800 MHz unit, a pair of 600 MHz spectrometers (solution and wide bore solid phase equipped with small animal imaging capabilities) and a LINUX computation cluster.

The Proteomics Research Facility offers a dedicated sample preparation and HPLC laboratory, a Bruker MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer, a Thermo LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometer and a Thermo TSQ mass spectrometer.

The Stem Cell Research Core is a recharge facility designed to provide equipment and training to enable stem cell research at RPI, throughout the capital district and upstate NY using existing stem cell lines.

In addition to standard laboratory equipment and facilities, CBIS contains Drosophila research rooms, numerous HPLC systems with photodiode array detectors and auto-injectors, GPC-HPLC systems, gas chromatographs with auto-injectors, a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry system with auto-injector and mass range to 1200 amu, an Agilent 110 series LC/MSD trap ESI mass spectrometer, a Pharmacia FPLC system, a Beckman capillary electrophoresis system, uv-vis-fluorescence plate readers, numerous uv-vis spectrophotometers, spectrofluorophotometers, Cartesian MicroSys 160-SQ microarrayers, an Axon microarray scanner, a Packard liquid scintillation counter, TLC chromatography systems, a Pharmacia Phast Electrophoresis apparatus, a Jasco optical polarimeter, a Mettler pH-Stat, a Karl-Fischer Titrator, an Eppendorf thermocycler, a Coulter Counter Model ZF, epifluorescence microscopes, Nikon inverted microscopes and a Zeiss Axiovert35 fluorescent inverted microscope with an Optimas image analysis system.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Research Core Facilities

Research core facilities available to CBIS investigators at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City. http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/resources/shared-resource-facilities