Research Core Resources


Research core facilities (also known as cores) operate as recharge centers and are centralized shared research resources that provide access to instruments, technologies, services, as well as expert consultation and other services to scientific and clinical investigators.

School of Medicine managed cores:

Cancer Center Cores


Jay W. Fox, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
Director of Shared Resources

See Office of Research Core Administration

School of Engineering & Applied Science managed core:

The Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility

The Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility (NMCF) staff provide analytical services and solutions to academia and industry by characterizing materials of all types. Analysis of structure, composition, and defects utilizing X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface analysis and chemistry (XPS), metallography, optical imaging and Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are typically combined with elemental analysis.   The NMCF is a state-of-the-art user facility located within UVA's Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department. Instrumentation for materials characterization is available for use by qualified faculty and students at UVA, as well as by researchers from other institutions.

Director, Prof. James Howe; Richard White, Facility Manager

Office: Wilsdorf Hall B018; University of Virginia, Materials Science and Engineering, 395 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904 (Office) 434.982.5657


University of Virginia Microfabrication Laboratories

The Virginia Microfabrication Laboratories is the is the state’s flagship University device fabrication facility.  The 10,000 ft2 facility currently supports UVA faculty in multidisciplinary research and educational activities and trains its students in research methods and skills with high value in the wider economy.  The facility is also open to outside users.    A  Class 10, 000, 3,500 ft2  clean-room facility, the heart of the UVML, provides a dust free, temperature and humidity controlled laboratory environment and is equipped with complex tools for the design, fabrication and investigation of electronic, photonic, bio,  microfluidic, and multifunction devices and circuits.

Director, Prof. Arthur LichtenbergerElectrical & Computer Engineering Office: Thornton Hall E-224, Box 400743, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904, ​434.924.6085


Graduate School & College of Arts & Sciences managed core:

Ammasi Periasamy, Ph.D.

Professor and Center Director
Biology, University of Virginia
B005 Physical and Life Sciences Building (PLSB)
90 Geldard Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA

Darden School of Business managed core:

  • Behavioral Research at Darden (BRAD) lab  See PDFpdf logo

Core Laboratory Resource Sharing Agreement between Virginia Research Institutions

Seven academic research institutions in Virginia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share core facilities and resources in an effort to advance the research enterprise in the Commonwealth. The Vice Presidents for Research from the University of VirginiaVirginia Commonwealth UniversityEastern Virginia Medical SchoolGeorge Mason UniversityOld Dominion UniversityVirginia Tech and William & Mary, working together with Virginia Catalyst, have achieved a breakthrough in collaborations that will greatly increase Virginia's competitiveness nationally and globally It will do so by increasing the accessibility for investigators affiliated with one institution to major resources at the partner institution. The main means by which this will be accomplished is by reciprocal offer of internal rates at certain institutional core laboratories. A full-text of this Memorandum of Understanding may be found here.

Access guidelines:

  • Guidelines are described in full in the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Fees charged to an Institution by the Partnership shall equal the fees charged to the Investigators at their own Institution.
  • Investigators who want to use a Shared Resource at the partner Institution must first speak with the appropriate Shared Resource Director at the partner Institution to confirm availability of access and learn of any specific policies governing access. Once this is done, the point of contact at both institutions should be notified that samples and/or data will be sent and to arrange for billing information to be provided.  
  • Each Institution shall give priority for use of Shared Resources to Investigators at their home Institution, and cross institutional use is on an ‘as available’ basis.
  • ** In special recognition of the frequently irreplaceable nature of samples housed within a shared resource primarily concerned with acquisition and distribution of clinical tissue samples (i.e., a biorepository), access to samples from the VCU Tissue and Data Acquisition and Analysis Core,  the UVA Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility, EVMS Biorepository and Histology Core will require a determination by the respective scientific director that granting access will not disruptively impact the potential future needs of investigators at the home Institution.