Health Sciences Core Research Facilities


The Health Sciences Core Research Facilities (HSCRF) were established through the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences in recognition of the vital role that centralized research resources play in the academic research enterprise. The technology required to perform innovative biomedical research changes rapidly and centralized research resources provide access to expertise, technology applications, and state-of-the-art instruments that are otherwise unavailable to most investigators.

Our research resource facilities include scientists and technicians who provide expert advice for study design, standard and custom applications and assist the investigator to take their project aims from conception to data production. The scientific leadership is available to work with you to adapt and apply methods appropriate to your scientific goals and assure that the interpretation of the results is supported by the data.

Research Resources

Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Center

The BioMS Center is dedicated to advancing the use and application of mass spectrometry in basic and translational research for first-time users and experts alike.

Genomics Analysis Core

The GAC provides bioinformatics analysis for most types of genomic data including gene expression, copy number and methylation microarrays and next generation sequencing (NGS) data from whole genome, whole exome, targeted exome and RNA Seq. Web site coming soon.

Genomics Research Core

The Genomics Research Core provides central support for genetic, genomic, transcriptomic and other nucleic acid research applications.

Health Sciences Sequencing Core at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

The HSSC@CHP provides central support for Illumina next generation sequencing for RNA, DNA, FFPE and low input applications.

Health Sciences Tissue Bank

The Health Sciences Tissue Bank provides central support for research programs that need clinical biospecimens, histology services, and pathology consultation for research.

Hillman Live Cell Imaging Facility

The HLCIF provides resources and expertise for live cell confocal microscopy including the induction and study of the DNA damage response in 3D and in real time.

Peptide and Peptoid Synthesis Core

The Peptide and Peptoid Synthesis Core provides standard and custom services for peptide & peptoid synthesis, purification and characterization including Certified peptides for clinical trials.

Small Molecule Biomarker Core

The SMBC uses mass spectrometry to quantitate small molecule drug and biomarker concentrations for pharmacokinetic/dynamic and validation assessments.