Core Facilities

The complexity of the human brain exceeds that of any observable system in the known universe. In order to ensure that our researchers have access to cutting-edge tools, technologies and methodologies, Harvard University invests in shared core facilities from macro and micro-scale imaging technologies, genetics and behavioral analysis to neuro-engineering and bioinformatics. Below we list some examples, with links to more detailed listings.

Harvard Cambridge Campus:

Bauer Core Facility – includes Sequencing, Flow Cytometry, Real-Time PCR, Single Cell Analysis
Harvard Center for Biological Imaging
Center for Brain Science Neuroengineering Core
Center for Brain Science Neuroimaging Core
Center for Brain Science Light Microscopy Core
Center for Brain Science Electron Microscopy Core
Genome Modification Facility 
Harvard Stem Cell Institute iPS Core
For more information, see FAS Division of Science Core Facilities.

Harvard Medical School Campus:

Neurobiology Imaging Facility
Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center Enhanced Neuroimaging Core
Nikon Imaging Center
HMS Electron Microscopy Facility
HMS Single Cell Core
HMS Research Instrumentation Core
HMS Quad Machine Shop
HMS Biopolymers Facility
For more detailed information, see HMS Quad Core Facilities.

Multimedia Links:

“Harvard’s Odyssey Unlocks Big Data”, a Harvard Gazette story featuring a 3-minute video exploration of how neuroscientists use computers in brain discovery.

“Fab Lab”, a Harvard Medicine story that describes the ingenious output possible when neurobiologists and engineers collaborate.

Banner image courtesy of Anna Olivella.