Research Facilities

Scientists at the University at Buffalo have extensive access to laboratories and research facilities across campuses, the community, and New York State, enabling some of the most groundbreaking research in the country.

Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory

Researcher working in lab.

The Materials Characterization Lab lets you conduct cost-effective analysis and characterization of a wide range of materials. With four research bays and nearly 1,700 square feet of space, it provides the resources needed to analyze liquid, powder, surface and bulk materials.


graduate students working in the clean room.

UB offers a multidisciplinary cleanroom with class 1000 space and class 100 working areas – a facility well-equipped for electronic device research, processing and development, materials characterization, microfabrication and other processes. Within these highly controlled environments, pollutants and airborne particles are minimized through extensive filtration systems.

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Digital Manufacturing Laboratory

student working in digital manufacturing lab.

The Digital Manufacturing Lab houses a variety of 3D printing/ additive manufacturing technologies, software and capabilities for modeling and digital design, and manufacturing and analysis. Home to high-definition 3D digital scanners, desk-top and professional grade printers, the lab provides capabilities for precision rapid prototyping, tooling and manufacturing of 3D objects and parts.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Imaging Center

image of CTRC lab.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Imaging Center features state-of-the-art imaging equipment dedicated to clinical and translational research, including MRI, CT and PET/CT scanners.

Confocal Microscopy/Cellular Imaging

Confocal Microscopy lab.

Our instrument laboratory provides training and consultation services for researchers whose work involves flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and gel-documentation.

Center for Computational Research

hallways of ub's center for computational research.

The Center for Computational Research has more than 170 Tflops of peak performance capacity, making it a leading academic supercomputing center.  

Shared Instrument Facilities

Lab of chemistry professor Luis A. Colon in the Natural Sciences Complex.

INS maintains a set of centrally-coordinated instruments that supports research in nanoscience, as well as related physics, engineering, and materials research. 

South Campus Instrument Center

Peter Bush lab image.

The South Campus Instrument Center (SCIC) is a full-service facility that specializes in surface imaging and spectroscopy for a wide range of materials and products, as well as expertise in product quality assurance testing, failure analysis, and forensic evaluations.

Chemistry Instrumentation Center

image of chemicals in bottles.

The CIC provides state-of- the-art instrumentation for chemical analysis with the goal of facilitating research and education campus-wide.  Staff includes two Ph.D. chemical instrumentation specialists who are available to provide expertise for experimental design and data interpretation. 

Flow Cytometer

student working in lab.

This is a 4 laser LSR Fortessa X-20 instrument from BD Biosciences with 18 fluorescence detectors. The laser excitation wavelengths are: 405, 488, 561 and 635nm. This instrument measures the fluorescence of cells or particles that are in suspension, typically using fluorescently labeled antibodies against individual cells.

Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer (LC-MS)

Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer (LC-MS): This is an LTQ-Orbitrap XL instrument from Thermo integrated with nano-LC. This instrument has a high resolution Orbitrap detector (>60,000 resolution), and collision cells for collision induced dissociation: both low-energy CID and high-energy HCD. Such instrumentation is ideal for the analysis of complex mixtures in the fields of proteomics, glycomics and small molecule analytics.

UB North Campus Confocal Imaging Facility

A set of imaging photo from the UB North Campus Confocal Imaging Facility.

In 2009, Drs. Jim Berry (Biological Sciences) and Arnd Pralle (Physics) were awarded a National Science Foundation MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION grant to purchase a Zeiss LSM 710 Confocal Microscope.
In addition to the usual laser excitation lines of 405, 458, 488, 514, and 633nm, our Zeiss InTune laser can be tuned to produce any wavelength between 488 and 640 nm. It is one of very few instruments in the country so configured. Emission filtering is accomplished by spectral detectors instead of optical filtering. As a result, the microscope can be set up to image a wider range of fluorescent probes than many confocal microscopes. 
The instrument is also equipped with fluorescence lifetime (FLIM) detectors. Since fluorescent molecules exhibit unique lifetimes measurable by FLIM detectors, they can provide an additional parameter to differentiate between probes.  More importantly, however, fluorescence lifetime can be used to measure Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET), or intracellular environmental features such as pH, ion concentration, and protein interactions.
Other applications for the instrument include photo activation, spectral scanning, 3 dimensional reconstructions, Fluorescence Recovery after Photo-bleaching (FRAP), examination of samples too thick for wide field fluorescence microscopy, and live cell experiments that would benefit from a heated stage incubator.