Research Core Facilities

Research Core Facility Director/Manager Phone
Aquatic Animal Care Services (AqACS) Timothy Mason (541) 346-8980
Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR) Kurt Langworthy (541) 346-3660
Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility (GC3F) Doug Turnbull (541) 346-5170
Greenhouse Facility Susan Belcher (541) 346-2546
Histology and Genetic Modification (HGeM) Ute Hostick (541) 346-4935
Lewis Center for Neuroimaging (LCNI) Fred Sabb (541) 346-0337
Research Advanced Computing Services (RACS) Nick Maggio (541) 346-6990
Technical Science Administration (TSA) John Boosinger (541) 346-4683
Terrestrial Animal Care Services (TeACS) Monte Matthews (541) 346-4957

About Our Core Facilities

For more detailed information on services provided by a unit, such as how to prepare samples or arrange for training, investigators should contact the director of the relevant resource.


Aquatic Animal Care Services (AqACS) provides support for research involving fish and other aquatic vertebrates. Its primary duty is to support the zebrafish research facility, which has recently been expanded with the support of an NIH ARRA facilities grant. This facility supports the work of dozens of researchers who use zebrafish as a model system for genetics, development, host-microbe interactions, and neurobiology. Zebrafish research was founded at the University of Oregon in the early 1980's by George Streisinger and has since spread to include thousands of researchers drawn from institutions from around the world.

The Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR) is a user facility housing a comprehensive array of materials characterization instrumentation and expertise aimed to serve the needs of researchers on the University of Oregon campus, regional industries, and academic institutions. The CAMCOR facilities provide enabling infrastructure for research in chemistry, nanoscience, engineering, physics, materials science, geology bioscience and optics.

The Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility (GC3F) supports scientific research at the University of Oregon by offering genetic and genomic technologies. The facility provides in-house services and specialized equipment, including Sanger DNA sequencing, microarray-based genotyping, microarray printing, robotics for high throughput manipulation of DNA samples, and next generation Illumina-based high throughput DNA sequencing and associated bioinformatics. In the near future, the GC³F will offer cell sorting services.

The University of Oregon Greenhouse Facility comprises more than 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space and a one-acre field to support research and teaching activities. The facility consists of a small greenhouse on the fourth floor of Onyx Bridge Hall, two large greenhouses near Campus Operations, and the Quonset with an incubator, growth chambers, drying ovens, potting bench, and more.  The UO Greenhouse Facility serves as a core facility to support the research and teaching missions of faculty and students in multiple academic departments and institutes across the university, as well as multiple universities throughout the country. The facility is staffed by a part-time greenhouse manager and by student workers.

The Histology and Genetic Modifications (HGeM) goal is to be able to provide all the services necessary to produce and maintain genetically modified mice. These services range from designing projects to maintaining colonies. The facility also houses histology services.

The mission of the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging (LCNI) is to support interdisciplinary, multifaceted research in cognitive neuroscience and biological imaging. LCNI has a Siemens Skyra 3T MRI unit and full capabilities for the design and fabrication of MR coils to support a broad range of research needs and applications.

Research Advanced Computing Services (formerly the HPCRCF) supports research computing at the University of Oregon by providing large-scale computing resources, performant storage, high-speed data transfer capabilities, and support for data sharing. Additionally, RACS provides consulting services in the computational sciences, training on the use RACS resources, and will support grant proposals either through formal partnerships or by providing letters of support.

Technical Science Administration (TSA) is a collection of professional machinists, and electrical engineers who help support internal and external research projects and equipment. The shops have been known to prototype sophisticated instrumentation for novel research projects, engineer creative solutions and products, and repair, fix, upgrade or retrofit existing scientific instrumentation.

Terrestrial Animal Care Services (TeACS) provides support for the care of terrestrial animals.