Biomedical Research Core Facilities

The Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) serve the elite multidisciplinary research at Westlake University. Closely aligned with the research programs at Westlake, the BRCF has installed a comprehensive series of technological platforms to empower the cutting-edge research. The BRCF is currently consisted of eleven facilities, including the CryoEM, Flow Cytometry, General Equipment & Autoclave Service, Genomics, High-throughput, Mass Spectrometry & Metabolomics, Microscopy, Phenotypic Analysis, and Protein Characterization and Crystallography Core Facilities, as well as the Radioisotope Lab and Biobank.

With a can-do attitude, the BRCF seeks to become an enabling mechanism by providing technical solutions that are beyond the capabilities of any individual laboratories, removing barriers to the implementation of complex and sophisticated scientific programs, thus allowing researchers to think big and tackle the most daunting challenges in biomedical research.

Laboratory Animal Resource Center

The Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC) provides various services for biomedical researches, including: optimized animal care and welfare, rederivation, generation of genetically modified mice, speed expansion via IVF, strain rescue via IVF, mouse line cryopreservation and resuscitation, animal model development and professional support in the broad field of laboratory animal science. 

LARC is highly involved with research and training, and LARC interacts closely with the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) to satisfy guidelines for the care and use of animals used in research. The mission of LARC is to provide Westlake and non-Westlake investigators with state-of-the-art expertise to achieve their research goals.

Westlake Center for Micro/Nano Fabrication

Westlake Center for Micro/Nano Fabrication is equipped with advanced micro/nano fabrication and characterization tools managed and operated by experienced engineers and technicians. The Center houses a mask aligner, an electron e-beam lithography system, a X-ray microscope, a TEM and several state-of-the-art reactive plasma etchers and thin film deposition systems. The best fabrication resolution is down to single-digit nanometers and characterization capability to sub-nanometer range. This equipment enables fabrication of silicon, compound semiconductor, and organic micro/nano devices for micro/nano related scientific research in physics, chemistry, materials science, biomedical fields and industry R&D.

In additional to these traditional fabrication tools, the Center also offers focused He ion beam nanofabrication, femtosecond lasers, and laser direct writing tools offering considerable flexibility to create sophisticated 3D nanostructures for both scientific research and industrial prototyping projects.

Westlake High-Performance Computing Center

Westlake High-Performance Computing Center (Westlake HPC Center) provides state-of-art platform for scientific computation and strong support for data analysis solutions. Founded at June 2019, HPC Center provides state-of-art computational resource and comprehensive support for all scientific research area in Westlake University.

Instrumentation and Service Center for Physical Sciences

Initiated by the School of Science, the Instrumentation and Service Center for Physical Sciences (ISCPS) hosts state-of-the-art facilities not only to meet routine analysis needs, but also to collaborate with faculties and researchers in developing novel instrumental technologies and methodologies that address problems emerging from dynamic, cutting-edge research. Currently, ISCPS well functions a series of instruments covering X-ray diffraction, surface physics analysis, cryogenic measurement, electron microscopy and physical property characterization, which together provide strong support for the development of Westlake University.

Instrumentation and Service Center for Molecular Sciences

The Instrumentation and Service Center for Molecular Sciences (ISCMS) is a shared-use core facility at Westlake University to provide a collaborative multi-disciplinary research environment to support of the creation and evolution of world-class molecular sciences and technical expertise, for the Westlake research community as well as the larger community of external researchers both from academia and industry. ISCMS is composed of three professional analytical laboratories: Magnetic Resonance Lab, GC/LC-MS Lab, and Spectroscopy Lab, focusing on the exploration of molecular structure, intra- and inter-molecular interactions, and molecular dynamics. The characterization service covers qualitative and quantitative measurements of compounds and polymers, structural determination of functional materials, polypeptides and biomolecules, stability and dynamics analysis of pharmaceuticals and clinical markers, inspections of quality for water, food and drug, as well as detection of environmental pollutant etc. The focus of ISCMS technical team has been not only to serve a broad, diverse, international set of researchers who are focus on pioneering scientific innovations, but also to develop specialized methodologies, protocols, instrumentation, and expertise to help simulate, characterize, and analyze novel molecules, materials, and systems going beyond conventional approaches.