Core Research Facilities, Institutes and Centers

Much of the research conducted at the College is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through core research facilities, institutes and major research centers. 

The Core Research Facilities are a collection of centralized laboratories dedicated to developing and providing state-of-the-art research resources to facilitate biomedical research. They are available on a fee-for-service basis to the entire health sciences community as well as outside entities. Many of the facilities below are supported by the University of Iowa, the Carver College of Medicine, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Core Research Facilities


Office of Animal Resources Jim Sheets, DVM
Biochemistry Stores  
Bioengineering Services Dennis Wilson
Biomedical Informatics Service Boyd Knosp, MS
Biosafety Level III Laboratories  Dana Ries
Biomedical Research Store Kevin Knudtson, PhD
Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Mark Arnold, PhD
Mitch Rotman 
Central Microscopy Research Facilities Randy Nessler
Comparative Pathology Laboratory   Katherine Gibson-Corley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP
Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank David R. Soll, PhD
Electron Spin Resonance Facility Brett Wagner, MS
Flow Cytometry Facility Justin Fishbaugh
Genome Editing Core Facility William Paradee, PhD
High Performance Computing Ben Rogers
High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Facility   Lynn Teesch, PhD
High Throughput Screening Facility (UIHTS)     Meng Wu, PhD
Hybridoma Facility Paul Kapke, PhD  
Iowa Institute of Human Genetics: Bioinformatics Division Diana Kolbe, PhD
Iowa Institute of Human Genetics: Genomics Division Kevin Knudtson, PhD
Magnetic Resonance Research Facility Vincent Magnotta, PhD
Metabolic Phenotyping Jamie Soto
Metabolomics Core Facility Eric Taylor, PhD
Neural Circuits and Behavior Core Shane Heiney, PhD
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility   Liping Yu, PhD
Protein Facility Joel Nott  
Protein and Crystallography Facility Lokesh Gakhar, PhD
Proteomics Facility Marshall Pope, PhD
Radiation and Free Radical Research Facility   Douglas Spitz, PhD
Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core Christine Blaumueller, PhD
Small Animal Imaging Facility John Sunderland, PhD
Tissue Procurement Core Facility   C. Michael Knudson, PhD
Viral Vector Core Facility William Paradee, PhD 


Research Institutes


Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging Milan Sonka, PhD
Iowa Institute for Human Genetics Richard Smith, MD
Iowa Neuroscience Institute Ted Abel, PhD
University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research Edwin Stone, MD, PhD
University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Patricia Winokur, MD
University of Iowa Pappajohn Biomedical Institute Michael Welsh, MD


Research Centers


Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration Edwin Stone, MD, PhD
Center for Auditory Regeneration and Deafness Bruce Gantz, MD
Richard Smith, MD
Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology  
Center for Gene Therapy John Engelhardt, PhD
Center for Hypertension Research Curt Sigmund, PhD
Center for Immunology and Immune-based Diseases Gail Bishop, PhD
Craniofacial Anomalies Research Center Brad Amendt, MS, PhD
Cystic Fibrosis Research Center Michael Welsh, MD
François M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center Barry London, MD
Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD
Helen C. Levitt Center for Viral Pathogenesis and Disease Jack Stapleton, MD
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center George Weiner, MD
Huntington's Disease Society of American Center of Excellence Jane Paulsen, PhD
John Kamholz, MD, PhD
Iowa Comprehensive Lung Imaging Center  
National Ferret Resource and Research Center John Engelhardt, PhD
Neuroendocrine Tumor SPORE Center M. Sue O’Dorisio, MD, PhD
Specialized Center of Research in Osteoarthritis  
Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center Kevin Campbell, PhD