Three state-of-the-art facilities

Research and Education on North Campus

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building: A 20,000 square-foot open floor plan building featuring a “wall of windows” with views to the outdoors.

Carl A. Gerstacker Building: A smaller space featuring high-tech ultrasonic imaging; nano- and micro-molecular biotechnology, and bio-fluid mechanics labs working on an artificial lung.


Functional and In-Vivo MRI Labs: Houses a state-of-the-art 3T whole-body fMRI scanner and a 7T small-bore MRI system for cognitive and clinical neuroscience as well as MRI methods and basic biomedical research.

Shared Facilities

In addition to these core facilities, BME researchers have access to facilities we share with the College of Engineering and Medical School. Shared resources include: fully equipped tissue culture facilities; small animal facilities with holding and procedure areas; access to multiple microscopy systems, such as confocal and TIRF instruments. The Michigan Nanofabrication Facility, one of the best university facilities in the country for the design and manufacture of microelectronic circuits, is used extensively for implantable biosensor transducers and bioMEMS devices.

Engineering Facilities

Biointerfaces Institute

In 2012, the University of Michigan set out to exponentially accelerate the discovery of new healthcare technologies by launching the Biointerfaces Institute (BI). Designed to promote continual collaboration between life and physical scientists, this unconventional research hub is creating a new kind of science landscape—a venue that encourages out-of- the-box thinking, drives innovation, accelerates the path from basic research to real-world health outcomes, and simultaneously serves as an ideal training site for the next generation of scientists and thought leaders.

The Center for Advanced Computing – Advanced Research Computing

 Technology Services provides access to and support for advanced computing resources. ARC-TS facilitates new and more powerful approaches to research challenges in fields ranging from physics to linguistics, and from engineering to medicine.

Center for Ergonomics

The Center for Ergonomics operates within the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering in the College of Engineering. Students, research scientists, and research sponsors are drawn to the Center because of its faculty who are experts in a broad range of topics in Cognitive and Physical Ergonomics and because of the Center’s extensive resources– state-of-the-art laboratories, test equipment, expert staff, and computer systems.

The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)

CUOS researchers develop optical instrumentation and techniques to generate, manipulate, and detect ultrashort and ultrahigh-peak-power light pulses. They use these ultrashort pulses to study ultrafast physical phenomena in atomic, nuclear, plasma, and materials physics, in solid-state electronics, in high-energy-density physics, and in biomedicine.

Lurie Nanofabricaton Facility

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) is available, on a fee basis, for use by research groups from government, industry and universities. Equipment and processes are available for research on silicon integrated circuits, MEMS, III-V compound devices, organic devices and nanoimprint technology.

Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS)

The mission of the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) at the University of Michigan is to advance the investigation, development, and application of sensor-enabled microsystems through basic research, education, and interactions with industry. The collaborative, multi-disciplinary research environment within WIMS2 provides a unique opportunity for system-level investigation of challenging research problems.


Medical School Facilities

Biochemical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core

The BNMR Core located at the College of Pharmacy provides research support for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.  Theyencourage a hands on experience following a straightforward training, but also can offer the services of running your samples for you.  If you have questions about structure elucidation, what experiments you should run, data processing, and more, the staff is available to help you.

Biomedical Research Core Facilities

Biomedical Research Core Facilities help researchers economically take advantage of the latest technology and collaborate with top experts in the field.

Cell & Developmental Biology Microscopy & Image Analysis Lab

The Microscopy and Image Analysis Laboratory (MIL) is a centralized operation including more than 3,000 square feet housing major equipment, used on a shared basis by investigators focusing mainly on studies of cell and tissue morphology and ultrastructure. It offers state-of-the-art equipment for microscopic imaging, including fluorescence microscopy, as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

Center for Arrhythmia Research

At the Center for Arrhythmia Research, scientists and physicians from a variety of disciplines work together to develop new methods of diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases, with the primary goal of preventing premature cardiac death

DNA Sequencing Core

The Core occupies approximately 10,000 square feet of laboratory space in the North Campus Research Complex, with 30 highly trained individuals on staff to help you. They operate a wide variety of instruments that perform DNA sequencing, genotyping, gene expression analysis, DNA quantification and quality control.

Flow Cytometry Core

The Flow Cytometry Core, part of the Biomedical Research Core Facilities in the Office of Research, provides instrumentation and expertise to University of Michigan investigators – and the surrounding biotech community – in a broad range of basic and medical science disciplines. Samples are prepared by individual investigators, who then deliver samples to the Core for flow cytometric analysis or cell sorting. The Core also provides assistance in grant and publication preparation, publication-quality graphics, and development of experimental designs.

North Campus Research Complex

In the midst of 28 buildings and thousands of square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space, the North Campus Research Complex is one-of-a-kind, with U-M resources and crucial scientific core facilities right at your fingertips. Combine this with the NCRC’s environment, specifically designed to foster collaboration and innovation, and the possibilities are endless.

Institutional Review Board

A component of the University of Michigan’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and a unit of the Office of Research, the five Institutional Review Boards of the University of Michigan Medical School (IRBMED) oversee human subjects research conducted at the Medical School and UMHS.

Center for Structural Biology

The Center for Structural Biology (CSB), housed in the Life Sciences Institute, is a comprehensive structural biology resource for researchers at the University of Michigan and surrounding areas.

Transgenic Animal Model Core

The Transgenic Core routinely prepares genetically modified mice and rats for University of Michigan investigators (transgenic mice, transgenic rats, knockout mice, and knockout rats). These animals can be used to study gene function, gene expression, gene regulation, to develop animal models of human disease, to test gene therapy reagents, to establish cell lines from specific cell types transformed in vivo, to produce mice with tissue-specific inducible gene expression or tissue-specific gene deletions, or to study the effects of cell specific ablation with toxigenes.

Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine

One of the nation’s oldest and most recognized programs training laboratory animal veterinarians. In addition to fulfilling its training mission, ULAM has also provided veterinary care to all animals used at the University of Michigan for over 50 years.

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