Research Facilities

Joint Preservation and Regeneration (CORe)

The Joint Preservation and Regeneration research group is one part of the Collaborative Orthopaedic Research (CORe) group. Located in the Clinical Sciences Building, Collaborative Orthopaedic Research (CORe) is an interdisciplinary group from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. CORe's focus is on improving the recovery of patients with bone, joint and muscle conditions and injuries.

Ray Rajotte Surgical Medical Research Institute

In 2016, the University of Alberta celebrated the 60th anniversary of Canada's first successful open heart surgery - the RRSMRI enabled Dr. John Callaghan to do this. The institute is where renowned surgeons have taken breakthrough techniques, technology and world-leading surgery to the next level over the following decades.

Surgical Simulation Research Laboratory

Since more and more advanced technologies are introduced to the operating theatre, surgeons face new challenges in maintaining their confidence under image-guided and remote-controlled environment. Equipped with eye-tracking and 3D motion tracking system, Dr. Zheng studies the eye-hand coordination, spatial orientation, and the skills acquisition process of surgeons in image-guided surgeries, including laparoscopic, endoscopic and robotic surgery.

Core Research Facilities in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Director, Core Research Facilities

Heritage Medical Research Centre
7-50G Heritage Medical Research Centre

Hertiage Medical Research Centre
Office: 780.492.0715

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has centralized research facilities to provide fee-based access to instrumentation, technology and/or services. These facilities allow our researchers access to essential scientific infrastructure at a reasonable cost. Benefits of using core facilities also include expert consultation, technical assistance, training and education from dedicated staff, enhancement of scientific collaboration, and promotion of higher-level experimentation.

The core facilities include the Cell Imaging Core, the Flow Cytometry Facility, the High Content Analysis Core, the Lipidomics Core, and the Transgenic Core. The faculty also supports an Autoclave Repair Core and a Workshop that provide repair, maintenance and fabrication services.

To submit equipment to the database or provide feedback, please contact the FoMD Research Analyst, (780) 248-1023.

Faculty of Science

  1. Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences provides a number of services to not only the internal departmental community, but to the whole of campus as well as the public.
Learn more about our services and facilities as well as how to access them below.

Biogeochemical Analytical Lab (BASL)

The BASL Laboratory provides cost-effective chemical analytical services in environmental, ecological and medical disciplines for University researchers, government agencies and private sectors.


The Biotron consists of an aquatic facility, a greenhouse complex and a large controlled environment facility.


Computer lab facilities, teaching labs, centres for Biocomputing Instruction, and more.

Fabrication Lab (Fab-Lab)

The Fabrication shop assists researchers, technicians and graduate students in designing and building research equipment for specialized projects. They can assist you with fabrication, prototyping, repair, procurement of specialty materials and designing cost-effective research solutions.

Library Resources

A number of library resources curated for Biological Sciences students and faculty.

Microscopy Facility (MF)

The Microscopy Facility (MF) provides resources, equipment and services for: Sample Preparation for Light Microscopy, Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Histology, Light Microscopy: Bright-Field, DIC, Fluorescence, Paraffin Histology for Light Microscopy, Plastic Sectioning for Light Microscopy, and more.

Molecular Biology Facility (MBSU)

The Molecular Biology Service Unit (MBSU) is a central facility in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, providing research support for a range of molecular biology techniques.

Storeroom (Stores)

The Storeroom has almost 1,000 different items in stock including chemicals, solvents, gases, glassware, consumable scientific supplies, office supplies, cleaning supplies, crested apparel, and myriad other miscellaneous items. Online inventory search and ordering is available. 

  1. Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is home to several state of the art instrumentation laboratories that support our teaching and research programs.

Our Mass Spectrometry Laboratory is one of the largest and best equipped of its kind in Canada, featuring a $1.5 million MS/MS system. The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory has state of the art spectrometers with six high-field instruments, including a new 600 MHz spectrometer. The X-ray Crystallography Laboratory is a fully-equipped, self-contained facility providing single-crystal X-ray crystallographic services.

Visit the links below to find out more about the available services and how you can use these facilities for your research:

Research Support and Technical Resources

Our research and technical staff provide rapid turnaround of custom-design work and repair services, allowing you to focus on your work.

Chemical Stores and Receiving

Our stores and receiving staff deal with the acquisition and distribution of chemicals and equipment for research and education, the dispensing of cryogens, and the tracking and disposal of chemical wastes.

Electronic Instrument Services

Our electronics technicians provide troubleshooting and repair services for a wide range of computer, electronic and scientific equipment and apparatus. Additionally, the Electronics Shop provides consultation, design and fabrication, or modification of electronic instrumentation.



Machine Shop

The Machine Shop helps keep our researchers at the forefront in chemistry research in Canada, and internationally. This well-equipped facility manufactures custom-designed devices, instruments, and apparatus necessary for research and teaching.

Glass Shop

The department maintains a fully equipped glassblowing shop with an expert staff. Our glassblowing technician has the ability to repair, design and create any glassware required in the research laboratory and work with all types of glass and quartz materials.

  1. Earth Resources Analytical Services

Analytical Services

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences houses a variety of state-of-the-art facilities where analytical services are offered to academics and industry professionals alike. Learn more about the facilities in the descriptions below.

Arctic Resources Laboratory

C.M. Scarfe Laboratory

Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis

Crustal Re-Os Geochronology Laboratory

Electron Microprobe Laboratory

ICPMS Facility

Scanning Electron Microscope Lab

Thin Section Laboratory

X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory

Research Facilities

World-class analytical and computing facilities support the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department's teaching and research programmes. Learn more about these research facilities below. 

Affordable Housing Solutions Laboratory

Canadian Centre for Isotopic Microanalysis

Canadian Ice Core Lab

Centre for Earth Observation Sciences

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Lab (CARL)

De Beers Laboratory of Diamond Research

Environmental Economic Geology Laboratory

Fluid Inclusion Laboratory

Glacier Hydrochemistry Laboratory

High Temperature Planetary Petrology Laboratory

Hydrogeology Laboratory

Micropaleontology Laboratory

Ocean/Climate Modelling Laboratory

Physical Geography Laboratory

Radiogenic Isotope Facility

Rock Crushing and Mineral Separation Laboratory

Sedimentary Research Laboratory

Selfrag Laboratory

Spectral Imaging Facility

Stable Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory

Stable Isotope Laboratory

Structural Geology Laboratory

U-Pb Geochronology Facility

Watershed Science and Modelling Laboratory

Digital Imaging Facility (DIF)

The Digital Imaging Facility (DIF) is a state of the art technology centre staffed with experienced technicians and the latest in imaging and graphics hardware and software. The DIF is the Department's laboratory for creating posters, maps, diagrams, scanning large documents, thin-sections, slides, transparencies, etc.

The DIF is located in ESB 2-27 and is open to Graduate Students and Faculty from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The DIF staff are available during regular business hours to support individuals using the facility.

Available services / equipment:

  • thin section scanner
  • large format table scanners
  • large document scanner (up to 42")
  • plotters (up to 42")
  • printer / photocopier
  • laminator (up to to 25")
  • photo booth with high-resolution DSLR
  • macro-photograhy equipment
  • light tables
  • projectors
  • laptops
  • paper trimmers
  • binding machine (coil & cerlox)
  • Adobe Creative Suite application

Lab Supervisor

  1. Department of Physics Astronomical Observatory
  2. Psychology Shop

Faculty of Engineering

Research Facilities & Infrastructure

Members of the Faculty of Engineering research community have access to world-class facilities that provide the infrastructure to support shared research goals.

The nanoFAB is a centralized, open access research and development facility specializing in micro and nano scale fabrication and characterization - the largest of its kind in Canada. The nanoFAB is committed to supporting academic and industrial innovation from design through characterization, transitioning ideas into real-world innovations and prototypes. The facility provides training, services and access to $85M in specialized equipment and infrastructure including a comprehensive suite of 200 tools for nano-science and engineering.(

Our faculty works collaboratively with the National Research Council of Canada on the Nanotechnology Initiative, conducting leading-edge interdisciplinary research with its researchers in engineering, science, medicine and more.

The Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility, located in Devon, Alberta, is a facility designed to support substantial fundamental tailings research at a pilot scale (600 and 2000 kg solids per hour) and accommodate multiple, concurrent interdisciplinary research projects. (

The Peter S. Allen Magnetic Resonance Research Centre, part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is a 100-per-cent research dedicated, state-of-the-art MRI facility located inside the University Hospital. Recently expanded through a $17.5 M grant anchored by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Centre houses 1.5 T, 3 T and 4.7 T full-body MRI systems (


Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Central Labs

Plant Facilities

Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
Home to the ALES division of Nutrition as well as the 
Alberta Diabetes Institute, the Human Nutrition Research Unit and a Whole Body Calorimeter.

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA)
Home to Community Nutrition as well as the Integrated Dietetic Internship and the 
Alberta Institute for Human Nutrition.

South Academic Building (SAB)
Home to the 
Lipid Products Research Alberta (LiPRA) program.

Available Lab Equipment