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The Institute manages eight shared research facilities. These facilities represent a $25M investment in high‐end instrumentation and expertise and provide 50 new services that enable investigators to identify, design and refine potential new therapeutics and diagnostics and to visualize their activity in living cells and tissues. The cores’ PhD level personnel develop powerful new tools and methods to support new basic and translational research at Northwestern and across the Midwest.

Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging

Imaging resources span length scales of molecules to whole animals. Instruments include MRI, IVIS Spectrum, SPECT, and PET.


Medicinal and synthetic chemistry, molecular modeling and compound purification services.

Biological Imaging Facility

Photonic and electron instruments, allowing researchers to capture high-quality images and videos of their specimens.

Developmental Therapeutics Core

Operational laboratory that supports translational projects and exploratory drug development work.

High Throughput Analysis Laboratory

Instrumentation and expertise for the development and execution of high throughput biological analysis and screening.

Proteomics Core

Instrumentation and expertise to analyze proteins using mass spectrometry. Specializing in intact protein analysis.

Quantitative Bio-element Imaging Center

Quantitation and localization of bioelements using ICP mass spec, customized Hitachi HD2300 STEM for cryo-bio EM, and atomic absorption mass spectometry.

Recombinant Protein Production Core

Expression and purification of recombinant or synthetic biologics and cultivation of microbial, insect, and mammalian cells.

Award-Winning Service

Our highly trained staff and research faculty are valuable collaborators on research publications and our cores are consistently recognized for providing outstanding customer service.  Six out of eight cores received Northwestern Research Shared Facility Awards in 2018, including:

2018 Outstanding Core Facility Award:

  • Center for Developmental Therapeutics (CDT)
  • High Throughput Analysis Laboratory (HTA)

2018 Highly Performing Core:

  • Biological Imaging Facility (BIF), CLP
  • Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI), CLP
  • Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry Core (ChemCore), CLP
  • Quantitative Bioelemental Imaging Core (QBIC), CLP