The Life Sciences Machine Shop provides a variety of services for faculty, staff, and students in the School of Molecular & Integrative Physiology and the School of Integrative Biology, as well as other campus units at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We are your contact for all life sciences prep room equipment and lab refrigerator/freezer issues.

Contact & location

Scott Baker, Research Laboratory Shop Supervisor, 217-333-0609,; Jared Bear, Instrument Maker

Room 59 Burrill Hall, 407 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Open 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday


  • Milling machine work
  • Precision lathe work
  • Sheet metal design and fabrication
  • Welding, soldering, and brazing
  • Woodworking design and fabrication

Specialty services

  • Calibration of laboratory equipment
  • Lab water system maintenance and repair
  • Vacuum system service and repair
  • Waterbath and platform shaker repair
  • Laboratory equipment development and maintenance
  • Plastic labware design and construction
  • Laboratory refrigeration system diagnosis and repair
  • Used Equipment

Equipment used in the shop

2014 prototrak CNC lathe

1989 Hardinge superprecision toolroom lathe

Lincoln MIG Welder

All common sheet metal equipment

Most common machine shop equipment

2010 2-axis Bridgport Mill with prototrak CNC

2004 3-axis Bridgport Mill with prototrak CNC