The Life Sciences Machine Shop provides a variety of services for faculty, staff, and students in the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology 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

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