Research Resources

MCB Resources

Several core facilities to aid in scientific research are located in or adjacent to MCB's campus. Nearby, both the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Beckman Institute also house MCB research laboratories. Specialized facilities available within departments include equipment for large-scale growth and processing of animal cells as well as state-of-the-art x-ray diffraction equipment. Other supporting facilities include specialized laboratories for recording infrared, ultraviolet, fluorescence, electron spin resonance, mass, nuclear magnetic resonance, circular dichroism, and optical rotatory dispersion spectra. Electronic, machine, photographic, and glass-blowing shops are also available.

Other Facilities and Services on Campus

The Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center provides state-of-the art facilities for molecular biology research, including DNA and protein sequencing and oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis, including:


The William Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics conducts research on the comparative genetic organization, evolution and function of plant, animal and microbial genomes and provides sequencing and oligonucleotide synthesis, DNA microarray facilities, and bioinformatics specialists.

Beckman Imaging Technology Group

Beckman Biomedical Imaging Center

The University of Illinois has the top academic Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the country for all modern methods of organic mass spectrometry.

Division of Animal Resources

Division of Research Safety