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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 and Research Service Units


Facilities Description
for Grants
Animal Resources Jim Sheets, DVM link
Biochemistry Stores Laura Brouwer link
Bioengineering Services Dennis Wilson link
Biosafety Level III Laboratories  Dana Ries link
Biomedical Research Store Kevin Knudtson, PhD link
Biospecimen Procurement and Molecular Epidemiology Resource   link
Biostatistics Consulting Center   link
Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Mark Arnold, PhD
Mitch Rotman 
Central Microscopy Research Facility Randy Nessler link
Comparative Pathology Laboratory     link
Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank David R. Soll, PhD link
Electron Spin Resonance Facility Brett Wagner, MS link
Emergency Department Research Enroller Program (ED-REP) Kari Harland, PhD  
Flow Cytometry Facility Heath Vignes link
Genome Editing Core Facility William Paradee, PhD link
High Performance Computing Ben Rogers link
High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Facility   Lynn Teesch, PhD link
High Throughput Screening Facility (UIHTS)     David Roman, PhD link
Human Immunology Core Zeb Zacharias, PhD  
Hybridoma Facility Paul Kapke, PhD   link
Iowa Institute of Human Genetics: Bioinformatics Division Michael Chimenti, PhD link
Iowa Institute of Human Genetics: Genomics Division Kevin Knudtson, PhD link
Iowa NeuroBank Core Li-Chun (Queena) Lin, PhD link
Iowa NeuroImaging Processing Core Eric Axelson link
Magnetic Resonance Research Facility Vincent Magnotta, PhD link
Materials Analysis, Testing, and Fabrication Facility   link
Metabolic Phenotyping Core   link
Metabolomics Core Facility Eric Taylor, PhD link
Microbiome Core Ashutosh Mangalam, PhD link
Neural Circuits and Behavior Core Shane Heiney, PhD link
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility   Liping Yu, PhD link
Population Research Core   link
Protein Facility Joel Nott   link
Protein and Crystallography Facility Nicholas Schnicker, PhD link
Proteomics Facility Marshall Pope, PhD link
Radiation and Free Radical Research Facility   Douglas Spitz, PhD link
Research Development Office Aaron Kline  
Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core Christine Blaumueller, PhD link
Small Animal Imaging Core Facility Thaddeus J. Wadas, PhD link
Tissue Procurement Core Facility  Stephanie Chen, MD link
UI Pharmaceuticals   link
Viral Vector Core Facility William Paradee, PhD  link


Research Institutes


Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging Milan Sonka, PhD
Iowa Institute of 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 Immunology and Immune-based Diseases Gail Bishop, PhD
Craniofacial Anomalies Research Center Brad Amendt, MS, PhD
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
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Ted Abel, PhD
Lane Strathearn, MBBS, PhD
Iowa Center for Neurodegeneration Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD
Iowa Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Aaron Boes
Iowa Comprehensive Lung Imaging Center  
Lung Biology and Cystic Fibrosis Research Center Michael Welsh, MD
National Ferret Resource and Research Center John Engelhardt, PhD
Neuroendocrine Tumor SPORE Center M. Sue O’Dorisio, MD, PhD
Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center Kevin Campbell, PhD