The Center for Multiscale and Translational Mechanobiology (CMTM) utilizes a number of facilities on both the Charles River and Medical Campuses, ranging from individual faculty laboratories to shared university-wide spaces and equipment.  CMTM researchers work primarily with the following core facilities.


Charles River Campus

Researchers in the Biological Design Center re-engineer biological systems as tools to understand their design principles, build industry partnerships to maximize the societal impact of these groundbreaking technologies, and establish training opportunities for a broad range of impactful careers.

The goal of the Biomedical Engineering Core Facilities is to support state of the art research and teaching endeavors in Biomedical Engineering.

The Cognitive Neuroimaging Center is a multidisciplinary research center committed to expanding our understanding of the brain across multiple levels.

At EPIC, all members of the BU community can learn the skills necessary to design and build their own ideas, gain invaluable hands-on experience in design, prototyping, and small-scale manufacturing as an integral part of a strong overall engineering education.

The Micr0-CT Imaging Facility uses experimental and computational methods to explore the relationships between the structure and mechanical function of skeletal tissues at multiple length scales.

The MSE Core Research Facility was officially commissioned in June 2012 and has grown to house multiple core pieces of equipment for the Materials Science & Engineering and Photonics Center community.

The Boston University Photonics Center’s multi-user facilities are open to the entire university and outside users who engage in Shared Laboratory Usage Agreements.  The facilities include semiconductor fabrication, testing and measurement, spectroscopy, electron, and atomic force microscopy equipment for varied disciplines in materials science, engineering, life sciences, and medical applications.

The Proteomics and Imaging Core Facility is a multi-user core facility that is part of the Biology Department, but serves the entire university.  The facility operates primarily as a training and supervised-usage facility rather than to create product-on-demand.


8/25/10 3:11:22 PM -- Boston, Massachusetts Boston University 8/25/10 Fall colors paint the Medical Campus. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky for Boston University Photography

Medical Campus

The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Data Analytics Center (BEDAC) has been a data management resource center since 1984. The BEDAC assists with questionnaire and data collection form design; implementation of study protocols; data management; data entry; and statistical, database, and web-based programming.

The Confocal Microscope Facility provides confocal microscopy services for imaging cells and tissue, as well as assistance with project/experiment planning and analysis.

The Flow Cytometry Core Facility provides flow cytometry services for analysis and sorting of cells as well as expert consultation for project/experiment planning.

The Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) Core aims to expedite the use of iPSC technology. The core generates and characterizes iPSC lines from adult tissue samples, serves as a repository to conduct basic and translational research, and provides expertise on work involving human iPSCs.

The primary use of the IVIS Imaging Core instrumentation is to non-invasively monitor bio-luminescence and fluorescence in three dimensions within small animal models.

The Microarray and Sequencing Resource Core Facility offers Illumina and Ion Torrent Next Generation Sequencing and supports the full line of microarray products available from Affymetrix.

The Boston University School of Medicine has three Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanners dedicated for research use available to meet the needs of researchers throughout the Greater Boston Area.

The Multiphoton Microscope Core Facility provides BU and external investigators with the use of a Carl Zeiss LSM 710 NLO microscope system.

The Optical Microscopy Cell and Tissue Imaging Cores at the Boston University Medical campus offer comprehensive, cutting-edge technology and support for a wide range of digital imaging microscopy applications.

Proteomics Consultation Service provides consult on all proteomics and mass spectrometry applications and will assist in experimental design, sample fractionation and preparation, sample submission, and data analysis.