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The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research is to support a rigorous program of faculty and student research and creative accomplishment by enhancing the environment for scholarly and artistic endeavors, encouraging the highest standards of quality, and fostering ethical conduct in research. As part of the mission of OVPR, CORES (Core Services) is being developed with the goal of support and encourage research at Penn State. CORES is dedicated to providing Penn State's research community with access to our research core facilities and services. 

Agilent's iLab Solutions provides our cores and core users with a web-based scheduling, ordering, and billing system to provide ease of access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, services, and expert staff. 

To see a listing of our iLab and non-iLab cores, use the PSU Core Facilities tab.

Use the Search Cores tab to locate specific instrumentation, services, or expertise.



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Penn State's F&A Rates

In order to support research, all federal and many non-federal sponsors reimburse not only the direct costs associated with research (ex. instrutmentation usage, analysis, and services provided by our research cores) but also the indirect costs associated with research (ex. cost of utilities, maintenance, administrative, etc.). These indirect costs are referred to as Facilities and Administratvie (F&A) costs and are typically expressed as a rate. Invoices generated in iLab indicate only the direct costs. Penn State generated invoices recieved from the core will include both direct and indirect costs. For more information on F&A rates, please see Penn State's Faciliities and Administrative Costs page.


iLab Cores at Penn State University

Cores at Penn State College of Medicine

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Advanced Light Microscopy (COM)

The Advanced Light Microscopy Core at Penn State College of Medicine offers consultation and training for fluorescence imaging of molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and embryos. Additionally, we provide access to commercial software for image visualization/processing/analysis and can offer expert advice in quantitative image analysis.

William Giang
Clinical Specimen Processing Core (COM)

Susan George 286309
Comparative Medicine Imaging (COM)

Provides a non-invasive way to track and quantify bioluminescent and fluorescent signals in cells or in whole animals.

Raj Kothapalli, 814-865-0459
Cryo-Electron Microscopy (COM)

Matt Swulius
Custom Antibody Core (COM)

Neil D. Christensen X6185
Flow Cytometry (COM)

Facilitate cutting-edge research by providing this state-of-the-art fluorescence-activated cell sorting and analytical services at reasonable hourly rates.

Nate Sheaffer 717-531-5253
Genome Sciences (COM)

Provides consultation, instrumentation, and services in genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic studies. Has capabilities ranging from highly focused analysis of candidate SNPs and mRNAs to whole genome, exome, epigenome and transcriptome sequencing.

General Inquiry 717-531-5823
High Performance Computing (COM)

Jason Hughes
Institute for Personalized Medicine (COM)

MRI Core (COM)

Jeff Vesek 717-531-0003 ext.285782
Mass Spectrometry & Proteomics (COM)

Anne E. Stanley (717) 531-4055
Metabolic Phenotyping Core (COM)

Sarah Bingaman 717-531-0003 extension 286490
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core QMMC (COM)

Candace Bordner
The Aperio Slide Scanning Core (COM)

Jean Copper 717-531-5301
Transmission Electron Microscopy (COM)

Our mission is to provide high-quality transmission electron microscopy (TEM) services, education, and training for the Penn State Hershey campus, other academic institutions, and private companies at-large.

Han Chen 717-531-4036
Zebrafish Functional Genomics (COM)

Jessica Christ 717-531-4704

Cores at PSU ORIS

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext

Cores at Penn State Chemistry

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Chemistry Maintenance/Pump Shop (CHEM)

The maintenance shop provides an array of repair and renovation services. The pump shop provides pump repair, pump maintenance, pump overhaul, and all your vacuum pump needs.

Shari Miller 814-865-2149
Glassblowing Shop (CHEM)

A full service facility capable of fabricating scientific glassware, both simple and complex.

Jerry French 814-865-7051
Liquid Nitrogen (CHEM)

This service allows researchers to have their liquid nitrogen dewars filled.

Shari Miller 814-865-2149
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility (CHEM)

The Penn State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR) is a state-of-the-art campus wide Facility that houses ten high-resolution Bruker NMR instruments (300 MHz to 850 MHz) with a wide range of capabilities: high-sensitivity cryoprobes, high-throughput sample changers, solid state probe...

Tapas Mal 814-865-0941; Mobile: 617-803-2411
Research Instrumentation Facility (CHEM)

Provides cost-effective and high quality services for design and fabrication of custom instrumentation and the maintenance and repair of equipment which is used throughout the Penn State community.

Shari Miller 814-865-2149
X-Ray Crystallography (CHEM)

Crystal growth, single crystal structure determination and data analysis of small molecule samples can be performed at the facility.

Hemant Yennawar 814-865-8383

Cores at Penn State Health & Human Development

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Biomarker Core Lab (HHD)

A wet lab specially designed for ELISA, Multiplex assays, and Telomere length analysis. This shared use facility is setup for complete sample analysis, sample organization, sample aliquoting, long-term sample storage and independent use of lab equipment by PIs and their research staff.

Sheree Logue, Ph.D. 814-863-2472
Clinical & Translational Science Institute

The CTSI fosters an environment that allows research discoveries to quickly and efficiently develop into health benefits.

Erica Francis 717-531-1440

Cores at Penn State Huck

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Automated Biological Calorimetry Facility (Huck)

Providing high-throughput thermodynamic analysis of biological macromolecule binding and folding to University and outside researchers.

Neela Yennawar 814-863-9387
CSL Behring Fermentation Facility (Huck)

Facilitating bioprocessing services by providing equipment and expertise to university-affiliated and independent governmental and industrial researchers.

Yawen Anderson 814-863-6455
Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility (Huck)

Providing services in all aspects of optical and electron microscopy, histology, flow cytometry, and cell sorting.

Sung Hyun (Joseph) Cho 814-865-5729
Flow Cytometry Facility (Huck)

Providing services in all aspects of flow cytometry, and cell sorting.

Rajeswaran Mani 814-865-6595
Galaxy Services (Huck)

Greg Von Kuster
Genomics Core Facility (Huck)

Providing next-generation sequencing and a number of traditional genomic services to the Penn State community as well as those outside the University.

Craig Praul 814-865-4262
Genomics Research Incubator

Cheryl Keller 81-863-3150
High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility (Huck)

Providing in vivo imaging and magnetic resonance microscopy services via custom-designed experiments.

Thomas Neuberger 814-863-7625
Microscopy Core Facility (Huck)

The Facility is specialized in three clusters – optical microscopy, electron microscopy and histology – equipped with confocal microscopes, research fluorescence microscopes, transmission- and scanning electron microscopes.

Greg Ning 814-863-0994
Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Core Facility (Huck)

Offering nominal and accurate MS analysis, and providing identification and quantitation of metabolites by LC-MS or LC-MS-MS, and protein sample identification by LC-ESI-MS-MS, or MALDI-TOF-TOF-MS.

Tatiana Laremore 814-863-3503
Sartorius Cell Culture Facility (Huck)


Randy Rossi 814-865-0777
X-Ray Crystallography (Huck)

Providing training, assistance and expertise in crystallizing and determining the three-dimensional structures of proteins and other biological macromolecules.

Neela Yennawar 814-863-9387
Metabolomics Core Facility (Huck)

Conducting mass spectrometry-based metabolomics studies on a variety of biofluids and tissue extracts from plant and animal sources.

Cores at Penn State IEE

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext

Cores at Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext

Provides high-performance computing solutions through the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICDS-ACI) system.

Lesley Shaffer 814-863-9697

Cores at Penn State SSRI

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext

The SLEIC is dedicated to fostering cutting edge research in the social, behavioral, biological, engineering, and materials sciences where imaging methodologies play a central role.

Michele Diaz 814-863-1726

Other cores at Penn State University

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Atomic Force Microscopy Core (COM)

Christopher Siedlecki 717-531-5716
Radiology Imaging Core Lab (COM)

Kevin Moser 717-531-6865
Reagent Supply Center (COM) Storeroom

Suja Maddukuri 717-531-6087

non-iLab Cores at Penn State University

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Nanofabrication Lab (MRI)

The general theme of the Nanofabrication Laboratory's core areas is the ability to handle non-standard materials alongside the more common materials. Procedures are in place to handle a wide variety of research that often uses non-standard materials.

Chad Eichfeld 814-865-8976
Materials Characterization Lab (MRI)

The Materials Characterization Lab has a wide variety of characterization techniques in the areas of Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Macroscopic techniques which help to increase the different degrees of understanding why different materials show different properties and behaviors.

Josh Stapleton 814-863-2224
Research Grade Equipment

This core bundles all of the research-grade equipment, mostly comprised of polymer analytical techniques. It also includes the environmental scanning electron microscope.

Anne Gohn 814-898-6465
ME Lab

This core bundles all of the research-grade equipment, mostly comprised of material characterization techniques.

Chetan Nikhare 814-898-7588
Plastics Processing Labs

Largest undergraduate educational facility of its type, housing millions of dollars’ worth of computers, materials, and processing equipment.

Lucy Lenhardt 814-898-6146
Bioinformatics (COM)

Provides a variety of bioinformatics and biostatistics services, including analysis, prediction and software support.

Yuka Imamura Kawasawa 717-531-0003, ext. 289250
Clinical Research Biospecimen (COM)

Provide a centralized service for the processing and distribution of human subject research samples for all clinical research activities at the College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Susan George 717-531-0003, ext. 286309
Drug Discovery, Development and Delivery (COM)

offers investigators the ability to test more than 102,000 small compounds for the ability to target an enzyme or other biological target.

Kent Vrana, PhD 717-531-1695
Molecular and Histopathology (COM)

Provides a broad array of state-of-the-art technical and professional pathology-related services critical to biomedical investigations conducted at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Douglas Stairs 717-531-6725
Pathology Core Reference Lab (COM)

A CLIA-certified, fully-accredited reference laboratory that specializes in the quantitative analysis of hormones, hormone receptors, cytokines and growth factors in blood, urine, tissues and culture medium from both human subjects and experimental animals.

Yusheng Zhu, PhD 717-531-8317
Comparative Pathology (COM)

Provides researchers access to experts in veterinary and comparative pathology.

Nannette Kirst
Pulmonary Immunology & Physiology (COM)

A BSL-2 facility that allows the assessment of pulmonary function related to many clinical situations including airway hyper-responsiveness, ventilation-induced lung injury, postnatal lung development, airway remodeling, chronic inflammation, allergy, environmental exposures and infection.

Todd Umstead 717-531-0003, ext. 284927
Transgenic (COM)

A centralized facility for the production of transgenic and knockout mice and the rederivation of mice.

Ronald P. Wilson 717-531-8460
Biorepository (COM)

A collection of blood samples, tissues and other biological materials donated by patients, coupled with information about their health, environment, lifestyle, medical care and responses to medical treatment. 855-369-3540
Organic Synthesis (COM)

Provide to Penn State Cancer Institute members chemical compounds that are either not commercially available or that are too cost-prohibitive to allow research to be conducted.

Shantu Amin 717-531-1450
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (COM)

The Biostatistics/Bioinformatics Core provides high quality statistical and bioinformatics support for basic, translational, clinical, and population science researchers at the Penn State Cancer Institute (PSCI). To achieve this goal, the Core employs four full-time faculty members in the Depart...

Jason Liao ( & Walter Vonn ( 717-531-6691
Clinical & Translational Science Institute (COM)

The CTSI fosters an environment that allows research discoveries to quickly and efficiently develop into health benefits.
Geographic Information Analysis (SSRI)

The GIA Core provides services to facilitate the use of geospatial data and build a spatial perspective into social science research.
Survey Design and Data Collection (SSRI)

The Survey Research Center provides a range of services, including data collection, survey design, sampling, data entry, survey data management, and data analysis.

Diana Crom 814-863-0170
Quantitative Developmental Systems Methodology (SSRI)

The Quantitative Development Systems Core offers consultation from expert faculty and research associates on statistical, methodological, and analytic issues in social science research.

Nilam Ram 814-865-7038
Accelerator Mass Spectrometer Lab (EESL)

Provides radiocarbon measurements on carbon-bearing materials spanning the last 45,000 years.

Brendan Culleton 814 865-5342
Center for Quantitative Imaging (EESL)

A multi-user research facility designed to serve the microCT imaging needs of the Pennsylvania State University and the broader scientific community.

Tim Stecko 814-865-9570
Laboratory for Analysis of Strategic Element Resources (EESL)

A world-class research and analytical laboratory that was created to support research focused on identification of mineral deposits that can ultimately produce strategic and critical elements for the sustainable economy.

Sarma V. Pisupati 814-865-0874
Laboratory for Isotopes and Metals in the Environment (EESL)

A world-class facility for the measurement of isotopic ratios/isotopic composition (Ca, Cu, Fe, Li, Mg, Sr, U series, and Pb isotopes), major elements (e.g., Al, Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Na, Si), and trace elemental compositions (e.g., rare earth elements, Pb) in a range of materials.

Susan Brantley 814-865-1619
Satellite Energy & Environmental Sustainability Lab (EESL)

The first satellite facility is located in the Greenberg building, where a Kintek Stopped Flow Spectrometer is housed. The second satellite facility is located at the Deike building and it houses a Thermo Scientific Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer.

Odette Mina 814-863-0002
Deployable Energy & Environmental Sustainability Lab

The DEESL facility houses deployable field sampling equipment for a variety of environmental applications that are made available to researchers on an as needed basis.

Jeremy Harper 814-865-7802
Materials Computation Center (MRI)

support Penn State faculty working in computer-based simulations of materials- across the various length and time scales. This support includes building connections with experimental and industrial partners – specifically connecting to the Nanofabrication and Materials Characterization Laboratori... 814-863-8407
2D Crystal Consortium

The 2DCC combines a vibrant in-house research effort focused on transformative advances in the synthesis and characterization of 2D chalcogenide layered materials with a robust external user program that provides access to expertise and state-of-the-art facilities.
Population Research Institute (SSRI)

Supports innovative population research. PRI promotes a dynamic, talented, and collaborative research community with over 80 faculty researchers.

Jennifer Glick
Altoona Bus Research & Testing Center (LTI)

Ensure better reliability and in-service performance of transit buses by providing an unbiased and accurate comparison of bus models through the use of an established set of test procedures. 814-695-3404
Crash Safety Research Core (LTI)

Provides researchers with the means to examine crash-related injuries and occupant safety issues; vehicle and highway apparatus design, testing, and analysis; and crash-related data and literature. The facility also offers educational and training opportunities for students, transportation offici... 814-863-7925
Battery Application Technology Testing & Energy Research Lab (LTI)

Performs battery characterization, thermal management system development/testing and hardware in the loop analysis. Facilitating this research and testing are an AeroVironment ABC150 or AV9

Timothy Cleary
Hybrid & Hydrogen Vehicle Research Lab (LTI)

Provides vehicle modeling and testing capabilities to vehicle researchers, hydrogen researchers, industry and government.

Hyrdrogen Fueling Station (LTI)

Demonstrates commercial cost viability for a stand-alone, comprehensive hydrogen fueling station that can competitively deliver a hydrogen product stream strictly meeting end-use performance requirements in the emerging hydrogen-for-transportation markets.

Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (LTI)

Facilities include a state-of-the-art binder and mixtures laboratory that is equipped and staffed to perform all of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) Superpave tests as well as other specialized binder and mixture, subbase and subgrade, and other pavement material characterization tests.

Test Track (LTI)

The facility features a 1-mile oval, a large vehicle handling area, and a vehicle durability-testing course that allows additional pavement, vehicle, and appurtenance testing.

Advanced Materials Processing Lab (MATSE)

Learning environment that allows our students the opportunity to work with material development in the areas of thin films, micro deposition, bulk forming, plastic deformation, powder synthesis, and thermal processing.

Libby Kupp 814-863-5540
Metallography and Microscopy Lab (MATSE)


Scott Hennninger 814-865-3568
VWR Stockroom (CHEM)

Provides service and support for all undergraduate science courses, and graduate & faculty research, university wide. In addition to supplying a comprehensive list of chemicals, glassware, & other supplies, the VWR Stockroom handles parcel and gas cylinder deliveries within the Chemistry Building.

Rob Arnold 814-865-1066
Electronics Shop (KINES)


Randall McCullough 814-865-0289
Mechanical Shops (KINES)


Laboratory Animal Facilities (ARP)

Housing and animal husbandry services for laboratory animals used in biomedical research on the University Park campus are provided by the Animal Research Program (ARP). The available animal facilities include space for most common laboratory animal species. 814-865-1495
Precision Therapeutics and Bioresponsive Materials

Precision Therapeutics and Bioresponsive Materials lab is located in room B9 of the Hallowell Building, on west campus. We are equipped with a chemical fume hood, graduate student desks and wet-lab space, as well as a shared mammalian cell culture room complete with a biosafety cabinet, incubato...

Scott Medina 814-863-4758
Biomechanics Lab (KINES)

Research facility accommodating studies in the areas of Arm Movement, Cadaver Modeling, Fine Motor Skills, Gait Analysis, Gross Motor Skills, Histology and Imaging, Modular Research Spaces, and Numerical Modeling and Computer Simulation.

Noll Lab (KINES)

Research facility in the Department of Kinesiology that is dedicated to studying physiology, especially as it relates to health and disease.

Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Facilities (COM)

Resources include state-of-the-art equipment for experimental and computational biomechanics, molecular biology, cell culture, image analysis and cellular electrophysiology.

Center of Excellence in Nutrigenomics (AGSCI)

The Center is a conduit to the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences and their genomics initiatives as well as the General Clinical Research Center and their expertise in human nutrition studies. Thus, PSU Nutrigenomics can fulfill our goal to understand nutrition "from the table to the gene and ba...

Jack (John) P. Vanden Heuvel 814-863-8532
E. coli Reference Center

The largest repository for E. coli strains in America, the center holds more than 70,000 strains collected over the last 50 years from animals, humans, birds, and environment. Characteristics of each strain are well documented in our database and can be retrieved easily. The collection can be uti...

Edward G Dudley, Ph.D. 814-863-2167