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Centers and Facilities

Centers and Facilities

The College of Science works in partnership with the Research Office and others to support top-of-the-line facilities that allow our researchers and students to make discoveries that contribute to a healthy, environmentally sound, and technologically advanced world. Our instrumentation and synthesis capabilities are world-class and a point of pride for us — we stay on the cutting edge of technology and make our labs and equipment available both to partners in industry and to faculty and students across the entire OSU community.

Key facilities

Elisar Barbar and student in NMR lab

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

A state-of-the-art facility that offers a range of spectrometers and internationally recognized faculty expertise to support world-class research at Oregon State and throughout the Pacific Northwest region.

Student working on computers in Electron Microscope Facility

Electron Microscope Facility

Top-of-the-line electron microscopes, including an FEI TITan with ChemiSTEM technology, serve faculty, students, and industrial collaborators with a range of imaging solutions.

Thomas Sharpton with colleague looking at samples in lab
The Sharpton lab studies changes in the gut microbiome which broadly influence human and animal health and evolution.

Oregon State Microbiome Initiative (OMBI)

Part of a new wave of research on the invisible but influential world of microbial communities that is poised to transform society. Mapping out microbial biodiversity and distribution remains important work, but our interdisciplinary team, part of a new $121 million federal initiative, is digging deeper: what are microbiomes doing, how do they do it, and why?

Student workin in Mass Spec Center

OSU Mass Spectrometry Center

A central pillar in a network of interdisciplinary research at Oregon State that advances progress in environmental health, biomedical and biological sciences and any research advanced by cutting-edge mass spectrometry instrumentation.

student working in Material Sciences Lab

Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility

The Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility is a comprehensive innovation center that provides researchers with deep experience in thin-film deposition, device fabrication, and materials analysis and serves as a hub for materials and device development on campus.

Student working with Genome research machinery

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing

The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing offers leadership, training and services in genome-enabled and data-driven research in the life and environmental sciences to faculty and students at Oregon State, the region, and — via annual workshops and conferences — across the country.

Student working in genetic expansion lab

Unnatural Protein Facility

The Unnatural Protein Facility (UP Facility) gives researchers from across the region and the world full access to current non-canonical amino acid protein production capability and genetic code expansion technology for academic studies. Through annual Genetic Code Expansion workshops and a biannual conference, the facility helps scientists to further their own research using UP Facility ncAA-protein technology and staff expertise.

male student studying salmon in John L Fryer Lab

John L. Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory

The John L. Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory is a regional fish disease facility dedicated to the study of organisms infectious for salmonids and other species of freshwater fish. The laboratory is named for Dr. John L. Fryer, who pioneered the fish disease research program at Oregon State University.

The College also has two world-renowned collections which both further biological research and serve as natural history museums to stoke the curiosity of all ages.

Student working with snakes amongst Herpetological collection

Oregon State Herpetological Collection

The Oregon State Herpetological Collection has more than 60,000 ethanol-preserved amphibians and reptiles, and approximately 24,000 frozen tissue samples. The collection has excellent representation for sites in the Pacific Northwest and includes the largest collection of garter snakes (Thamnophis) in the world.

Chris Marshall and students with OSU Arthropod collection

Oregon State Arthropod Collection

The Oregon State Arthropod Collection is a valuable research collection of nearly three million insect and mite specimens, chiefly from the Pacific Northwest.