Support Services




The Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility is designed to safely handle and store human, animal, and plant infectious agents or toxins. This program also supports the development of projects using Risk Group 3 pathogens for research or clinical diagnosis.Biocontainment facilities make possible development of new treatments, preventative vaccines, and diagnostic tests against Risk Group 3 pathogens and epidemiological surveillance for emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. 

To learn more, call (520) 626-6850 or email


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CyVerse provides life scientists with powerful computational infrastructure to handle huge datasets and complex analyses, thus enabling data-driven discovery. Our extensible platforms provide data storage, bioinformatics tools, image analyses, cloud services, APIs, and more.

CyVerse is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences. We are a dynamic virtual organization led by the University of Arizona to fulfill a broad mission that spans our partner institutions: Texas Advanced Computing Center, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


Data Science Institute

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The Data Science Institute facilitates connecting computational and informatic researchers with those in domain sciences to achieve outcomes not easily attainable by individual investigators or within purely disciplinary teams. This is achieved by aligning institutional expertise, computational resources, and cyberinfrastructure to solve cutting edge data-driven research endeavors.

Device Prototyping

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The Biomedical Device Prototyping Service (BDPS) will assist in the design, initial fabrication and refinement of prototype biomedical devices in the following areas:

  • - Complimentary engineering consultation
  • - Develop device requirements and specifications
  • - Provide cost estimates and tracking for initial prototype fabrication
  • - Identify and coordinate with other university groups and outside vendors for fabrication needs
  • - Provide assembly, testing and proof of performance
  • - Provide modifications and improvements to initial designs
  • - Referrals to organizations to provide guidance and  assistance in further product development. 



Drug Discovery

Drug Discovery

The Arizona Center for Drug Discovery (ACDD) serves as a vibrant organizational hub connecting the University of Arizona in Tucson and Phoenix with partnering organizations to advance academic-based drug discovery throughout the state. ACDD promises to energize the drug discovery process across campus, connect UA researchers with partners in the pharmaceutical industry, and help push innovative technologies developed in Tucson from the lab to the patient’s bedside. The center provides state-of-the- art equipment that will help drug researchers move rapidly through the discovery process, identifying the most promising drug compounds before moving into extensive and costly preclinical studies and, later, clinical trials. 

Functional Genomics

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The Arizona Genomics Institute (AGI), located at the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute, and affiliated with the School of Plant Sciences, offers critical genomics services through the AGI Sequencing Service Center. With over 25 years of research experience in genome biology, the team of professional scientists readily helps individual PIs, and scientific teams, to achieve specific objectives that require a high level of skill. One of many expert services included is the isolation and quality determination of HMW DNA and RNA from plants and many other organisms (e.g. microbes & animals).



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The University of Arizona Genetics Core (UAGC) offers access to state-of-the-art resources and services to help investigators, educators, students and the biotech community conduct and promote research in the field of genomics. UAGC provides a wide range of research and clinical support ranging from complete solutions to fee-per-use services.

Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core

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The University of Arizona's Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Core provides opportunities for students and faculty to be trained with specialized knowledge and skills, support fundamental and translational research, and provide researchers access to stem cell-based technologies and resources to conduct interdisciplinary research that will translate stem cell-based therapies from bench to bedside.



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The Infectious Disease Research Core (IDRC) is a translational research laboratory specializing in the development and clinical implementation of new microbial (molecular and serological) diagnostic tests as well as development and characterization of novel therapeutics with the mission to improve human health. The IDRC infrastructure encompasses wet laboratory space, tissue culture capability and a MicroBank Biorespository of clinically identified viable microbes. 

To learn more, contact Anne Wertheimer at


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The University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute offers access to a unique research tool, one of only two available to researchers on campus, that is used to gamma irradiate cells. Gamma irradiation is a process that kills off microorganisms in a variety of materials, a sterilization process often used for the treatment of medical devices. All users must be trained and approved for the use of the irradiator through the acquisition of various certifications. The machine is located in the basement of the BIO5 Institute, Keating Building. 

To learn more, contact Robert Sandoval at 520-626-8512


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The University of Arizona Ligand Discovery Lab (LDL) is a complex synthetic chemistry and screening facility that supports investigators with substances, libraries, and screenings needed for research and education. The LDL produces unique compounds in combinatorial fashion or arrays that can then be modified with markers or other non-functional parts for purification, imaging, or further conjugation.

To learn more, contact Josef Vagner at 520-626-4179


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The BIO5 Media Facility maintains its Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) standards of excellence and consistency in preparing a wide array of research materials including microbiological media, buffers, mammalian and insect cell culture media, and plant tissue culture media. The facility offers rapid fulfillment time (48–72 hours) and delivery directly to UA departments or the researcher’s laboratory, allowing research to continue uninterrupted.


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The University of Arizona Genetically Engineered Mouse Models (GEMM) Core designs, produces, genotypes, rederives, imports, and cryo preserves genetically modified mice, as well as provides consultation, guidance, and information on the use of genetically modified transgenic and gene targeted mice in research. The Core’s services are also available to outside institutions whether they be academic, for-profit or private entities. 


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The University of Arizona Proteomics Consortium uses state-of-the-art mass spectrometric measurements coupled with innovative bioanalytical techniques and bioinformatic tools to assist investigators with systematic analysis of proteins. The consortium offers the largest and most mature proteomic service in the state, serving investigators from the academic and private sectors in Arizona, nationally and worldwide. 


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The University of Arizona Statistics Consulting Laboratory (StatLab) develops and adapts innovative methods to address emerging problems in science and medicine. The StatLab provides statistical expertise, personnel, and computing resources to facilitate study design and conduct, data acquisition protocols, data analysis, and the preparation of grants and manuscripts.   

Translational Bioimaging


The Translational Bioimaging Resource (TBIR) serves as a university-wide resource for preclinical biomedical imaging. Through a collaboration between Research, Discovery & Innovation, The University of Arizona Cancer Center, and the Center for Gamma Ray Imaging the resource has the capability to image biological constructs, small and large animals, and human participants. The TBIR has expertise in imaging neurological structures and neural systems, progression of aging, cardiac function, blood oxygenation levels, arterial plaques, vascular and skeletal systems, inflammatory diseases such as lipedema, disease progression, response to therapies, and much more 
The resource has highly qualified personnel that can assist with experimental design, protocol development, solving unique imaging needs, anesthesia and surgical procedures for animal work, animal support before, during, and after imaging experiments, and image analysis. 

UA Center for Biomedical Informatics & Biostatistics

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The UA Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics builds a data-driven learning health system, advances precision medicine analytics, and translates Big Data science and genomic discoveries to clinical care.