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.
Centers and Facilities
Centers and Facilities
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.