Facilities

Washington State University is engaged in a major expansion in the field of molecular and materials sciences. Consequently, the University's extensive and modern facilities for research in the chemical and biochemical sciences are continually improving. Major facilities at the School of Molecular Biosciences include:

Biomolecular X-Ray Crystallography Center

Biomolecular X-Ray Crystallography Center (BXCC)

A state-of-the-art X-ray crystallographic facilities for macromolecule structure determination are available for use by graduate students. Included are rotating anode generator with mirror optics, imaging plate, diffractomer, computer facilities and graphics. The director of the BXR Center is ChulHee Kang. You can learn more from the website.


Center for Reproductive Biology

Center for Reproductive Biology (CRB)

The Center for Reproductive Biology is an inter-institutional program involving 16 departments and seven colleges at Washington State University and the University of Idaho. The Center’s main objective is straightforward: to provide opportunities for investigators from across the Pacific Northwest to collaborate and learn from one another. The Center boasts a large membership at the two core institutions (WSU and UI), but also includes a number of members at other affiliated universities. Altogether, the Center now includes approximately 100 faculty and over 400 trainees and staff and is one of the largest reproductive biology centers in the world.


Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC)

The newly-established Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC) is coordinating many of WSU’s research computing efforts. CIRC’s goal is to propel WSU into a position of national leadership in the field of research computing by unifying the research community around shared and strategic institutional goals. By leveraging cyber-infrastructure resources across the WSU system, CIRC is creating a regional computing hub that enhances research across all colleges and campuses.


Center for NMR Spectroscopy

Center for NMR Spectroscopy

The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) center was established with an investment of close to $2 million by the University and federal agencies. Equipment includes a Varian VXR-500 liquid-state 500 MHz NMR spectrometer, a Chemagnetics CMX-400 solid-state 400 MHz wide-bore NMR spectrometer, a Bruker AMX-300 routine hands-on liquid-state 300 MHz NMR spectrometer, and for off-line data processing a number of Silicon Graphics UNIX work stations. The center can be reached by calling (509) 335-3005.


Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center

Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center (FMIC)

The FMIC is a research and training facility for the study of biological and non-biological materials. The FMIC provides electron microscopy and light microscopy equipment for observation and analysis of a diverse array of specimens. Students, faculty and staff can access the FMIC for formal and informal training, and for conducting research through flexible conditions designed to ensure success in acquiring and analyzing specimen images. The center offers courses in electron microscopy for graduate and undergraduate students each semester.

The FMIC maintains two TEMs, a STEM, a SEM and various light microscopes. Three of the electron microscopes also have EDX analyzers for elemental analysis. All necessary ancillary equipment, computers for image processing and analysis, and three photographic darkrooms are also maintained for student and faculty use. The center provides project consultation and has a skilled staff capable of assisting students and faculty in a wide range of research projects. Faculty and students are welcome to visit the FMIC located on the ground floor of Abelson Hall. Inquiries about services and courses offered or class tours of the facilities can be made by calling (509) 335-3025. The director is Michael Knoblauch.


Gene Editing Reagent Core

the Gene Editing Reagent Core (GERC) provides a fee based service to provide CRISPR/Cas9 reagents for investigators to incorporate cutting edge genome editing into their research. The mission of the core is to help investigators integrate cutting edge gene editing into their research. The GERC provides expertise in design and implementation of CRISPR/Cas9 and reagents will be developed in close consultation with the investigators for personalized results.


Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis

Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis

The Molecular Biology and Genomics Core began here at WSU back in the early 1990’s and to some extent still is referred to as The Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis or LBB1. This core was established as a service center and to provide access to instrumentation that proved to be cost prohibitive for individual labs to purchase on their own. Over the past 20 years, with the assistance of the Center for Reproductive Biology, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, NIH and others the core lab has evolved into a state of the art service facility.

The core lab is directed by Dr. Michael Griswold in the School of Molecular Biosciences and currently has 4 full time personnel. The facilities are housed in two separate laboratories in the Biotechnology and Life Sciences Building (rooms 127 and 227). We have a multitude of services and instrumentation available in the fields of molecular biology, genomics as well as proteomincs. If you have any questions about our services or facilities please feel free to ask.


Molecular Biology and Genomics Core

The WSU Molecular Biology and Genomics Core began in the early 1990s (originally named the Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis). This core was established as a service center to provide access to instrumentation that was too expensive for individual labs to purchase. Over the past 20 years, with the assistance of the Center for Reproductive Biology, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, NIH, and others, the core lab has evolved into a state-of-the-art service facility.


Nuclear Radiation Center

Nuclear Radiation Center (NRC)

University facilities also include the NMR with a one-megawatt nuclear research reactor, a cobalt-60 irradiator, and a 14-MeV neutron generator for fast-neutron activation analysis, the Water Research center, the Air Pollution Research Unit and the Electron Microscopy Center. Cooperative research projects with the Molecular Science Research Center (MSRC) of Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories at Richland, Washington, provide opportunities for additional access to very well equipped facilities. Advanced communication links support interaction with scientists at this Department of Energy research and development site.


Owen Science Library

Owen Science Library

The University's modern seven-story Owen Science and Engineering Library is adjacent to the main chemistry and biochemistry facilities and contains extensive holdings in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical physics, and related fields. The library also provides access to national literature search and interlibrary loan services. The library is open 16 hours a day.


Specialized Animal Resources/Transgenic Core

The Washington State University Transgenic Core is supported by the School of Molecular Biosciences, the Center for Reproductive Biology, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Funds for the development of the Core were provided by a generous grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Foundation. The Transgenic Services Core is dedicated to assisting researchers and technicians in the production, preservation and maintenance of transgenic and gene targeted mice for specific research needs.


Tissue Imaging and Proteomics Lab

WSU’S TISSUE IMAGING AND PROTEOMICS LABORATORY (TIPL) is a metabolomics- and proteomics-based facility that applies mass spectrometry-based technologies to significant biological problems. TIPL is a University service center that analyzes samples from a wide range of projects from across the different WSU campuses and from non-WSU clients. In TIPL, we focus on the development, advancement, and application of leading-edge instrumentation techniques for the large-scale profiling and identification of the functional products of gene expression, namely proteins and metabolites.