BU has many facilities on the Medical Campus and Charles River Campus that provide services, expertise, and instruments for high-quality research. Some labs are specific to their supporting groups; most are available on a fee-for-service basis to researchers both inside and outside the University.
CRC Campus Cores
Animal Science Center CRC Facility
The Animal Science Center CRC Facility oversees veterinary medical care, animal care services, and actively participates in all facility design.
The Analytical Core is a cost recovery service center situated within the Boston University Center for Molecular Discovery (BU-CMD). The BU-CMD Analytical Core offers a variety of instrumentation and services which enable the chemical synthesis, analysis, purification, and distribution of biologically active small molecules for research.
The DAMP Lab designs, builds, and tests novel biological systems in a fast, standard, cost effective, and reproducible manner. We do this by using a globally-integrated infrastructure of standard protocols and experimental practices. We employ a ‘bio-foundry’ philosophy where automated services are available to remote users and then scheduled and managed using computational methods and a mix of automated hardware and expert technicians. The available molecular biology protocols include DNA assembly, purification, sequencing, repository, PCR, cell transformation, and readout characterization assays.
The Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) conducts applied research and development leading to the deployment of technological solutions that enhance the productivity and competitive position of our customers, while educating engineering students in the process.
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.
Biospecimen Archive Research Core (BARC) is an IRB-approved, fee-for-service archive of biospecimens obtained from Boston Medical Center patients who have given informed consent for experimentation on any extraneous normal or abnormal specimens removed during medical procedures at the hospital.
Biostatistics and Epidemiology Data Analytics Center (BEDAC)
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.
Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (BNORC) Administrative Core
The Core also provides administrative support and direction to all of the BNORC participating institutions and Center members. These services include financial management, payment requests, policy development and data management.
Cellular Imaging Core
The Cellular Imaging Core (CIC) is an optical microscopy core facility with a range of digital imaging microscopy systems for studying cells and tissues.
Clinical Data Warehouse for Research
The Clinical Data Warehouse brings together BMC data into a single data warehouse. Investigators with IRB and HIPPA approval can cross-reference data, get patient counts, and search text files.
Clinical Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research (TEC Center)
The Collaborative Research Laboratory (CoRe) is an innovative pathology research laboratory that brings the best of the clinical and academic worlds together.
Boston Medical Center, the primary teaching affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, has built a team of highly skilled professionals to service the goals of the research community. Learn more about the services we can provide for your studies.
Confocal Microscope Facility
The Confocal Microscope Facility provides confocal microscopy services for imaging cells and tissue, as well as assistance with project/experiment planning and analysis.
The Department of Microbiology’s Developer Core offers BU investigators the use of a Konica-Minolta SRX-101A developer for film development for radioactivity or chemiluminescence-based protein detection.
FHS Service Center
The Framingham Heart Study, under the direction of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), formerly known as the National Heart Institute, has been committed to identifying the common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD). We have followed CVD development over a long period of time in three generations of participants. The FHS Service Center assists in this contribution.
Flow Cytometry Core Facility
The Flow Cytometry Core Facility provides flow cytometry services for analysis and sorting of cells as well as expert consultation for project/experiment planning.
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Core Facility
The Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Core is a qualified facility for developing and processing clinical-grade stem cells from adult tissues for use in clinical trials and potential therapeutic applications.
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.
Infrared Imaging Core
The Infrared Imaging Core was formed to give investigators access to the LiCor Odyssey CLx, an infrared imaging system for quantitative Western Blot analysis.
The Molecular Genetics Core provides DNA isolation services from different sources, sample storage, whole genome amplification, and high throughput genotyping.
Mouse Assisted Reproductive Technology (MART)
The Mouse Assisted Reproductive Technology (MART) oversees the breeding of complex genetically modified mice as well as collecting mouse sperm, harvesting unfertilized eggs, conducting in-vitro fertilization and embryo transplantation.
MRI Scanning Cores
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.
This core facility provides advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging capabilities for researchers working with mice or tissue samples on the Medical Campus and beyond.
Proteomics Consultation Service
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.
Single Cell Sequencing Core
The Single Cell Sequencing Core provides in-house services for single cell RNA sequencing to all researchers at Boston University and to external researchers on an available-resource basis. As a high-throughput core, we provide an array of services to get you from sample to high-quality single cell gene expression data and analysis.
As part of the Integrated Biomedical Imaging Suite (IBIS), the Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) system at the Boston University Medical Campus provides services for transmission electron microscopy imaging, as well as services for sample preparation and assistance with projects, experiment planning and analysis.