The Office of Research Core Administration supports research cores in the School of Medicine which were established to make research more efficient and cost effective. The cores allow the presence of specialized instruments and personnel that individual laboratories cannot afford. Personnel in the cores provide expertise on the capabilities of their instruments and services and develop new applications for their techniques. The cores provide training and support for user operated instruments.

The Office of Research Core Administration provides administrative support for the research cores in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. Services include:

  • centralized  budget system for all cores
  • centralized billing system using iLab
  • tracking of users and volume of use
  • promotion of collaboration by cores
  • annual user surveys
  • business manager and fiscal technician to support cores and assist researchers
  • support for applications for new instruments
  • publicizing cores through newsletter and handbook

This administrative structure allows the combined research cores to have status similar to a department and staff have their appointments listed as in ORCA. Faculty in research cores belong to other academic departments.

Research Cores supported by the School of Medicine:

Advanced Microscopy Facility
ph. 434.924.2524
Director: Yalin Wang

Antibody Engineering and Technology Core
ph. 434.924.5379
Director: Bhupal Ban

Bioinformatics Core
ph. 434.982.4208
Director; Stephen Turner

Biomolecular Analysis Facility
Mass Spectrometry, DNA Sciences, Shared Instrumentation
ph. 434.924.2356
Director; Nicholas Sherman

Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance Facility
ph. 434.924.3163
Director: Jeff Ellena

Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility
ph. 434.982.0488
Lab manager: Craig Rumpel

Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory
ph. 434.924.6191
Director: Arthur Weltman

Flow Cytometry Core Facility
ph. 434.924.0274
Director: Joanne Lannigan


Genetically Engineered Murine Model Core
ph. 434.982.6506
Director: Wenhao Xu

Molecular Electron Microscopy Core
ph. 434.982.0525
Director: Kelly Dryden

Molecular Imaging Core
ph. 434.924.5096
Manager: Stuart Berr

Internal (UVa) users only
ph. 434.924.9211
Manager: Linda Beggerly

Research Histology Core
ph. 434.924.9205
Director: Kenneth Tung

Tissue Culture Facility
Internal (UVa) users only
ph. 434.924.2501
Director: Nena Fox

Virginia Commonwealth University cores
UVa researchers can use some VCU cores at the same rates as VCU researchers
Handbook of the research cores.