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Core facilities & equipment

The IUPUI School of Science maintains several core facilities which house specialized research equipment to assist scientists in research endeavors on and off campus. These technologies offer the latest in high-speed micro dissection, laser scanning, mass spectrometry technologies, and more.

Environmental Geochemistry and Health Core

Advanced geochemical measurement capability allows us to better understand how the environment influences human health, and in turn how human activities influence the environment. The Environmental Geochemistry and Health Core Facility utilizes a new high-sensitivity geochemical instrument (an ICP-OES with CIT detector) to measure elemental compositions in water, soils, rocks, and human and other biological samples. Research covers a range of topics, from childhood lead poisoning to Antarctica climate change records. This facility is used by faculty from the School of Science, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Engineering, and the Indiana University School of Medicine.


  • Gabriel Filippelli, Ph.D.

Laser Microdissection Core

The Laser Microdissection Core Facility allows for extremely precise tissue harvesting -- down to individual cells. This newly funded facility has only been in operation since January 2010. Used primarily by our Psychobiology of Addictions department in molecular expression studies, the facility will likely serve the research needs of other departments, such as Psychiatry, and possibly off-campus organizations in the future.


  • Stephen Boehm, Ph.D.

Nanoscale Imaging Center

The Nanoscale Imaging Center anchors a campus-wide effort to investigate the behavior of single molecules and nanostructures, with an emphasis on medical, biological, and materials science applications. The center houses several top-of-the-line imaging instruments, including a laser scanning confocal microscope, confocal fluorescence correlation spectroscope, and atomic force microscope. Used by our Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Psychology departments, this facility also collaborates with researchers in the Indiana University School of Medicine.


  • Chistoph A. Naumann, Ph.D.
  • Ricardo Decca, Ph.D.
  • William Stillwell, Ph.D.


The IUPUI School of Science animal care facility, the Science Animal Resource Center (SARC), is maintained to support the research and teaching missions of the School of Science faculty and student. The mission of the University is undergraduate and graduate education, and to that end, the University recognized the link between research and a quality educational experience. SARC aids in those teaching and research missions of the School of Science. SARC Director is Christopher Konz. Questions? Contact us.

General Information

Core Training

IU is required by various regulatory agencies to provide training for all personnel listed on any of our animal research protocols. You will find a comprehensive list in the training application. If you have questions about the application or training process, please contact us.

What is CITI training?

  • CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) is an electronic training system used by many universities nationwide. In order to work on animal research protocols reviewed by the SOS IACUC, you need to complete CITI training.
  • CITI's electronic-based training is set up with a separate module of lessons for each type of animal used in research. Once you complete all of the training it is good for 5 years. You will be notified when to renew it. If you have active CITI training from another institution, please contact us.

Steps to access and complete CITI training

  1. Login to CITI
  2. Under Do you have an IU Network ID and Password click the 'Yes' box.

  3. Enter your IU username and password

  4. Under the Indiana University/IU Health courses, go to the section in the bottom half marked 'My Learner Tools for Indiana University/IU Heath' and click on "Add a course".

  5. Everyone named on an animal research protocol is required to complete the following:
    * Question 12 - School of Science - Lab Animal Research
    * * SOS - Working with the IACUC - Investigators, Staff and Students
    * * The CITI training module(s) pertaining to the particular animal(s) involved in your research
    * I work with (particular animal)

  6. Your course selections are shown. The status column will reflect your progress (Not Started, Incomplete, and Complete). You may leave the modules at any point and return where you left off.

  7. Begin on any course. Complete The Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course.

  8. Upon entering any course, CITI will show you the Required Modules. The Supplemental Modules are optional. The system requires you to take all of the modules in order to complete the course. You may leave the modules at any point and return where you left off. CITI will record completion of each section and course.

  9. Continue taking courses until finished.

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Our faculty currently hold more than $20 million in external research funding

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