Conducting research and obtaining external funding often requires access to advanced infrastructure. UBC researchers can access shared research platforms, offered in partnership by the VPRI and various departments, or other shared research facilities.
Shared research platforms and facilities at UBC offer access to a variety of core facilities and tools including cutting-edge instruments, advanced technologies, and data processing and analysis.
Need to identify or locate a facility or service? Want to understand the capability of a specific instrument? Experts and research managers in the facilities listed below can provide the help you need.
For more information on shared research facilities at UBC or to enquire about listing your facility, please contact Marie-Claude Fortin, shared research facilities manager.
For a list of Shared Research Platforms available specifically on the Okanagan Campus, please visit here.
For an inventory of CFI-Funded infrastructure available for use by researchers from UBC sites, other institutions, non-profits and industry, please visit the Database here.
UBC Shared platforms
Shared Research Platforms are facilities funded jointly by VPRI and Faculties and departments for the purpose of offering specialized research services to the UBC and external research community.
Research in greenhouses and field plots
Plant Care Services offers coordinated access and services to two research greenhouses and field locations.
One greenhouse is located on the main campus at West Mall and Stores Road. The second greenhouse is on South Campus, near the Botanical Garden’s nursery at 3929 Wesbrook Mall.
Field services will be available at the Totem station on West Mall and near the South Campus greenhouse.
Contact Taylor Scriber for initial help to work in greenhouses or field locations.
RESEARCH WITH ANIMALS
The Animal Care and Use Program ensures humane animal care and researcher compliance to the mandatory guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care. This university-wide program covers ethics approval, animal care and housing, breeding, veterinary care, facilities management, training and specialized procedures.
Contact Suzanne Richardson for ethical reviews.
View the Animal Care website resource for planning your research.
COMPUTING SERVICES FOR BIG DATA
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) offers free services to help researchers with computational needs that standard computing infrastructure cannot handle. Services include consultation for project planning, experimental design, data analysis, grant proposals, and access to high performance computing and data management infrastructure.
Initial contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Gerald McGavin Building, 112A – 2386 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
SEQUENCING AND BIOINFORMATICS
The Sequencing and Bioinformatics Consortium offers reagents and supplies, consultations, training and access to sequencing services (project planning, experimental design, sample and library preparation, sequencing and genotyping) and support in analyzing and understanding results. Next-Gen or high-throughput sequencing is executed using Illumina technology for genome sequencing and transcriptome profiling while Sanger sequencing is offered for small projects requiring long reads and genotyping for determining unique features of an individual’s DNA sequences.
Initial contact: Diane Miller
Location: Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, 3124 – 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Upright Open MRI
The Shared Platform in Upright Open MRI Research is a full-service facility for translational MRI research.
Our Upright Open MRI scanner is different from conventional MRI scanners as it allows the body to be imaged upright, in weight-bearing, and in a wide range of postures.
We welcome researchers new to or experienced with MRI. Our team of experts are here to support clinician-researchers and other researchers new to MRI to enable them to undertake research with this unique scanner.
Initial contact information: Amy Phillips
Location: Leon Judah Blackmore Pavilion, 899 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
High Resolution Macromolecular Electronic Microscopy
HRMEM is an assisted use facility providing very high resolution 3D images of biological molecules. Our services include sample preparation, data collection, and consultation on image processing and analysis. We welcome users from UBC, other academic institutions, and corporate users.
Initial contact information: Facility Manager
Location: Life Sciences Institute, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3
OTHER SHARED FACILITIES
Shared Facilities are available for use by UBC faculty. They are not affiliated with the VPRI.
PACIFIC CENTRE FOR ISOTOPIC AND
PCIGR offers analytical services and training in geochemistry with applications to environmental monitoring, mineral exploration, and dating of materials. The facility houses specialized cleanrooms, mass spectrometers, and laser ablation systems designed for high-precision elemental and isotopic analysis. A dedicated team of specialists can provide custom solutions to meet the specific needs and challenges of university researchers, government and industry.
BC CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL –
Several core facilities exist on the campus of the BC Children’s Hospital including analytical services, biobank, imaging, flow cytometry, and genomics, among others.
Location: BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4H4
Initial contact: Vidhu Sharma
IMAGING FOR MATERIALS AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Initial Contact: Claire Atkinson, Miki Fujita, Jacob Kabel or Nancy Ford: Contact Form
Locations: Various locations across campus (Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, Life Sciences Building, Biosciences Building, Frank Forward Building, Earth Sciences Building).
MASS SPECTOMETRY AND PROTEOMICS SERVICES
The Proteomics Core Facility offers training and services for fractionation, characterization of proteins, analysis and quantitative proteomics. It serves as a hub for protein research and houses mass spectrometers, HPLCs and other instrumentation. Sample drop off in person is available five days a week.
Initial contact: Jason Rogalski
Location: Michael Smith Laboratories, 345–2125 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
GREENING YOUR LAB
Initial contact information for Green Labs: email@example.com
CLEAN ROOM FOR MICRO AND NANO ELECTRONICS
The SBQMI Advanced Nanofabrication Facility (formerly AMPEL) offers services for microfabrication of microfluidics devices (for proteomics, DNA sequencing, lab-on-chip, cell cultures), photonics (photonic crystals, lasers, modulators), and nano-electronics (carbon nanotube devices, graphene electronics).
Initial contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Brimacombe Building, 2355 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
STATISTICAL SUPPORT FOR BIOLOGICAL,
GENOMIC AND HEALTH SCIENCES
Data Analytics, Statistics and Informatics (DASI) offers a range of services including design and analysis of clinical trials and observational research, descriptive statistics, predictive modeling, causal inference, mediation, analyses (sensitivity, before/after, survey, survival, meta), Bayesian inference, implementation of Machine Learning algorithms, models (graphical, Markov, time series), classification and clustering, Bayesian networks, and the development of novel statistical techniques.
Initial contact for consultation or questions: Abi Safari
MOLECULAR AND ADVANCED PATHOLOGY SERVICES (MAPcore)
MAPcore supports researchers in translating discoveries into biomarkers and therapeutic targets. Services include multiplex immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiling, microtomy, H&E staining, IHC, tissue microarray construction, FISH, and high-throughput brightfield and fluorescence scanning services.
Initial contact for consultation or questions: Julie Ho
Location: Jack Bell Research Centre, 2660 Oak Street, Vancouver BC V6H 3Z6