Facilities used to support graduate research include modern faculty research labs as well as state of the art shared core facilities. These facilities include the Bioinformatics Core, the Genomics Core, the Microscopy Core, and the Proteomics Core. Students also have access to the Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation Facility, a Plant Transformation Research Center, and the Insectary and Quarentine Facility where research on invasive species and genetically-modified organisms is performed. The size and disciplinary breadth of our GGB Program faculty enables access to each of these facilities, and it is a simple matter for students to identify local expertise in virtually all facets of contemporary genetics, including statistical and computing support.
Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation Facility
A campus-wide facility that consists of four components, Mass Spectrometry, X-ray Crystallography, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy and Optical Spectroscopy.
Bioinformatics Core Facility
The Bioinformatics Core provides state-of-the-art resources for large-scale comparative genomics, data mining, systems modeling, and drug discovery to enable scientists from different experimental and computational areas to master the bioinformatic and cheminformatic aspects of their research independently and proficiently.
Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis
The Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis (CFAMM) is an universal research, service, and consulting laboratory for microscopic characterization of organic and inorganic materials, biological tissue and minerals applying electron beam techniques.
Genomics Core Instrumentation Facility
A part of the UCR Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, the facility supports campus research with tools for handling genomic and cDNA libraries, DNA sequencing, genotyping, and gene expression studies.
Microscopy and Imaging Core Facility
Confocal microscopy is now the standard for optical images in journal publications. The Microscopy Core facility offers the systems and training needed to generate the sharpest images from the widest range of samples and staining techniques.
Plant Transformation Research Core
A state-of-the-art facility helps UCR researchers who are investigating genes important in metabolic, physiological and developmental processes. We have experience in working with in vitro plant tissue culture and micropropagation, molecular biology and plant genetic transformation techniques.
Proteomics Core Facility
In the Proteomics Core, state-of-the-art mass spectrometers such as Q-TOF (nano-ESI) and Q-STAR (MALDI) permit unprecedented sensitivity and accuracy in identifying protein sequences and their abundance. These technologies permit the Proteomics Core to support researchers in understanding molecular details such as protein modifications and components of protein complexes.
High-Performance Computing Facility
UCR's research computing infrastructure is provided by the High-Performance Computing Center (HPCC). The center provides state-of-the-art research computing resources and training accessible to all UCR researchers and affiliates at low cost.