Research Focused

We offer state-of-the-art shared research facilities and recharge centers that provide access to high end instruments, cutting edge technologies, and services.  Our facilities enhance and expand the collaborative capabilities of our research community.

If you should have any questions regarding FIU’s recharge centers and/or core facilities, please e-mail recharge.centers@fiu.edu at the Office of Budget & Cost Analysis in the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Core Facilities

Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility (AMSF)

  • Advanced-Mass-Spectrometry-Machine

The Mass Spectrometry Facility serves Florida International University (FIU) researchers and students with expertise in mass spectrometry methodology and instrumentation. The research facilities are also accessible to non-FIU academic, government, and industry users.

Key Services and Rates

  • LDI MS training
  • MALDI MS training
  • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Training
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Training
  • LDI MS/MS
  • MALDI Top-Down Sequencing Analysis

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima, Director
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 174
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-2037
Email: fernandf@fiu.edu

Advanced Material Engineering Research Institute (AMERI)

  • Engineering research student working on advanced material

AMERI provides analytical instrumentation, materials characterization and micro/nano process and device development laboratories to support faculty and industry in the development and characterization of new materials over the continuum from the nanoscale to bulk materials.

Key Services and Rates

  • Ebeam Lithography
  • TEM
  • SEM
  • FIB
  • Analytical Services
  • PECVD

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Arvind Agarwal, Director
Engineering Campus
10555 West Flagler Street, EC 1650
Miami, FL 33174
Phone: 305-348-1651 / 202-294-8602
Email: ameri@fiu.edu

Animal Care Facility (ACF)

  • Lab Mice in glass container

The Animal Care Facility is part of the Office of Laboratory Animal Research (LAR) which ensures the humane care and use of animals in biomedical research and teaching at FIU.  The Facility provides assistance to research personnel and investigators on usage, procurement and general handling and care of animals.

Key Services and Rates

  • Training
  • Veterinarian Professional Services
  • Technician Professional Services
  • Anesthesia Machine for Rental
  • Mice
  • Rats

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Horatiu V. Vinerean, DVM, DACLAM, Director
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-8315
Email: horatiu.vinerean@fiu.edu

Aquarius Reef Base Underwater Laboratory

  • image of FIU Aquarius undersea laboratory

Aquarius provides scientists with the opportunity to conduct crucial research covering a variety of areas including water quality, coral reef biology, ecology and physiology, long-term ocean monitoring, restoration science, ocean acidification, and global climate change.

Key Services and Rates

  • Saturation Diving
  • 1-ATA Operations
  • Dayboat and Support Operations
  • Undersea Laboratory Missions
  • Technology Development consultations
  • Facility usage for auxiliary training programs

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. James Fourqurean, Director
FIU Marine Education and Research Initiative
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, OE 227
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-4084
Email: fourqure@fiu.edu

Bioinorganic and Environmental Analytical Facility

  • Image of an individual holding beaker

The Bioinorganic and Environmental Analytical Facility (BEAF) is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation to provide teaching, research and service support for environmental and biomedical analyses.

Key Services

  • Total HG (water, solid, biosamples)
  • Methyl HG (water, solid, biosamples)
  • Metals (water, solid, biosamples)
  • As Speciation (water, biosamples)
  • Se Speciation (water, biosamples)

For more details on the services listed above, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Yong Cai, Professor
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-6210
Email: cai@fiu.edu

Dr. Guangliang Liu
Phone: 305-348-7480
Email: liug@fiu.edu

Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Ecotoxicology

  • Everglades

The CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment (CAChE) at Florida International University (FIU) addresses the sources, transport, transformation and ecosystem responses to man-made and natural stressors in South Florida’s aquatic environments.

Key Services and Rates

  • Data analysis/Data reduction
  • Instrument Access
  • Method Development
  • Soil TC/TN
  • Soil TP
  • TOC & DOC

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Todd Crowl, Professor, Director
Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 Northeast 151st Street, AC1 331
Miami, FL 33181
305-348-8402

Center for Imaging Science

  • interior view of MRI machine

The CIS was designed to support an integrated community of investigators at the forefront of imaging science, with an emphasis on functional neuroimaging research. The CIS includes a research-dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility that supports a 3T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma.

Key Services and Rates

  • MRI Scan
  • MRI Read

Please click here to view the rate of each service.

Contact Us

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street,  PG5 130
Miami, FL 33199
MRI Control Room 305-348-2089
CIS Reception Area-305-348-3213
Email: cismri@fiu.edu

DNA Core Facility

  • Image of DNA core

The DNA Core facility is fully equipped for DNA sequencing, fragment analysis, and data analysis.

Key Services and Rates

  • DNA Sequencing Level 1 (Load only)
  • DNA Sequencing Level 2 (Full service)
  • Temple Quantitation
  • Fragment Analysis

Please click here to view the rate of each service.

Contact Us

Paul Sharp ,DNA Sequencing Core Facility Manager
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC I 332
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-0376

Tim Collins, Associate Professor and DNA Sequencing Core Facility Director
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC I 318B
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-1730

Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment Laboratory

  • View of hand underwater holding anemone

The Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment Laboratory conducts ecotoxicity studies with organic and inorganic chemicals and a multitude of exposure types with indigenous, exotic and standard test species.

Key Services

  • Flow-through systems
  • Sediment systems
  • Outdoor Microcosm Systems
  • Greenhouse/exposure of non-target insects

For more details on the services listed above, please click here.

Contact Us

Gary M. Rand, Ph.D., Director
Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151st Street, Ecology Lab
North Miami, FL 33181
Phone: 305-919-5869
Email: randg@fiu.edu

EH & S Dive Safety

  • Dive safety rescue of victim

The FIU Diving & Boating Safety Office supports the University research and academic mission by providing classroom and aquatic training in accident prevention and management in the aquatic and marine environment.

Key Services and Rates

  • CPR/First aid/ AED Training
  • Oxygen Provider Training
  • Scientific Diver Training
  • Recompression Chamber Supervisor
  • Diving Medical Technician Training
  • Equipment Service Regulator Annual

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, CSC 146
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-2621
General Email: ehs@fiu.edu
Training Email: ehstrain@fiu.edu
Safety Email: safe@fiu.edu

Electron Microscopy

  • microscopic view of a fly

The Florida Center for Analytical Electron Microscopy supports education and research in micro-analysis and imaging of materials.

Key Services and Rates

  • SEM
  • Technical Assistance for SEM
  • EDS
  • EPMA
  • Gold coating
  • Carbon coating

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Thomas Beasley, Program Coordinator
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, PC 50
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-2714
Email: beasley@fiu.edu / cvidito@fiu.edu

Electronics Shop

  • Electronic microchip

The purpose of the Electronics Shop is to design and manufacture high-quality electronic equipment and components in support of scientific research.  The shop provides electronics engineering services to faculty, students and research staff throughout the College of Arts, Sciences & Education and the University.

Key Services and Rates

For additional information on services, please click here.  The fee for shop work is currently set at $35/hour.

Contact Us

Wenlue “Norman” Huang
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 273A and 273B
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-3952
Email: huangw@fiu.edu

Field Operations Center (FOC)

  • FIU Hurricane Research truck and boat

The Field Operations Center (FOC) is responsible for maintaining and scheduling SERC’s fleet of eleven vehicles, five airboats and twelve saltwater boats.

Key Services and Rates

  • Large Marine Boat
  • Medium Marine Boat
  • Unmanned Surface Vessel
  • Airboat
  • Small Marine Boat
  • SimradEK60_120khzTransceiver

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Rafael Gonzalez-Collazo
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, ECS 184 A
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-4240
Mobile: 786-493-3255
Email: foc@fiu.edu

Forensic and Analytical Toxicology Facility (FATF)

  • Scientific glass held up

The FATF provides state-of-the-art research, training, continuing education, and analytical services in forensic and clinical toxicology to researchers, faculty, and graduate students at FIU and other academic institutions and to law enforcement agencies within the U.S. and abroad.

Key Services and Rates

  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Screening
  • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) low resolution (QQQ)
  • LC/MS High Resolution (QTOF)
  • Sample Preparation (Liquid Liquid Extraction (LLE) or Solid Phase Extraction (SPE)
  • Method Development
  • Training and Laboratory Demos

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Anthony P. DeCaprio, Ph.D., Director
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
11200 SW 8th Street, OE 116E
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348 2195
adecapr@fiu.edu

Forensic DNA Profiling Center

  • DNA testing

The Forensic DNA Profiling Facility provides teaching, research and service support for DNA profile (fragment) analyses.

Key Services and Rates

  • Equine DNA Typing
  • Pipette calibration
  • Equine DNA Typing
  • Microbial screening of DUI Blood
  • Cannabis DNA Typing
  • Presumptive Species ID

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. DeEtta Mills, Director
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, OE 118, 120, 123
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7410
Email: millsd@fiu.edu

Freshwater Biogeochemistry Laboratory

  • Freshwater bodies

The FWBGC lab conducts biogeochemical research and monitoring to support the protection and restoration of freshwater ecosystems in South Florida and beyond.

Key Services

  • Process a variety of environmental samples
  • Analysis of inorganic nutrients
  • Process and analyze samples for total phosphorous
  • Process and analyze Enzyme activity
  • Pigment determination
  • Radioisotopic analysis

For more details on the services listed above, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Leonard Scinto
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-1284
Email: Leonard.scinto@fiu.edu

Geographic Information Systems Center (GIS)

  • Southeasten Florida geographic map

FIU’s Geographic Information Systems Center (GIS Center) supports and facilitates the teaching and research activities of the FIU community in the areas of geographic information systems, remote sensing, geospatial web visualization and geospatial data management.

Key Services

  • Data analysis
  • Spatial modeling
  • Digitizing and scanning of printed maps and images
  • Custom Map Production

For more details on the services listed above, please click here.

Contact Us

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street,  GL 275 and 274
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: 305-348-7949

Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151st Street,  HL 124 and 127
Miami, FL 33181
Phone: 305-919-4294

Greenhouse

  • FIU Greenhouse

The Greenhouse Core Facilities provide a high-quality growing range for plants that are used by faculty and students for research, as well as for teaching (lab assignments) and classroom demonstrations.

Key Services

For additional information on services, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Scott Zona, Curator
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, OE 241
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: 305-348-1247
Email: zonas@fiu.edu

High Performance Computing

  • High performance computer wiring

The Instructional and Research Computing Center (IRCC) offers a High-Performance Computational (HPC) resource that allows faculty, along with their students, to examine more complex scientific and engineering problems that would otherwise be impossible to solve without this large-scale computing power.

Key Services

  • Large, long term, and fast storage for processing data
  • On-demand virtual computing lab

For additional information on services, please click here.

Contact Us

Mike Kirgan, Director, Division of IT
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-6383
Email: hpcadmin@fiu.edu

Integrated Biostatistics and Data Management Center (IBDMC)

  • image of Biostatistics logo

The IBDMC provides biostatistical analysis, data management and data quality support for research investigators and students across and beyond the campus.

Key Services

  • Biostatistical analysis
  • Data management
  • Data quality enhancement services
  • Collecting, managing, analyzing, and archiving data

For additional information on services, please click here.

Please also complete the Service Request Form for statistical consulting.  A staff member from our center will follow-up with the requester by email.  Appointments can be made after the Service Request Form is complete.

Contact Us

Dr. Changwon Yoo
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC 5 460
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7779
Email: cyoo@fiu.edu

Machine Shop

  • Laboratory equipment shop

The purpose of the Machine Shop is to design, engineer and manufacture high-quality parts and equipment in support of scientific research. The shop provides machining services to faculty, graduate students and associated researchers throughout the University.

Key Services and Rates

  • Large and small engine lathe
  • Vertical mill
  • Vertical and horizontal bandsaw
  • TIG Welder
  • Plasma cutter
  • Manual surface grinder

For a list of all services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Zahid B. Baccus, Senior Machinist
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 195
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-3953

Dr. Bernard Gerstman, Chair of Physics
Email: gerstman@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-3115

Microscopy Imaging Facility

  • Nikon microscope lenses

FIU’s Microscopy Imaging Facility provides readily accessible, user-friendly microscope imaging technology to researchers at Florida International University and other area institutions.

Key Services

  • Image acquisition
  • Training

For additional information on the services provided, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Manuel Barbieri, Associate Professor
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC I 405
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7535
Email: Manuel.barbieri@fiu.edu

To schedule services for the confocal microscope, please contact:

Dr. Timothy Allen, Assistant Professor
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC 4 440B
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-8425
Email: tallen@fiu.edu

Periphyton Analysis Laboratory

  • Everglades Swamps

The Periphyton (Algae) Analysis Center focuses on how algae regulate the dynamics of ecosystems and how changes in the abundance of algae species can be used to diagnose sources of environmental change.

Key Services and Rates

  • Wet lab pre-processing
  • Biomass analysis
  • Preparation of samples for external analysis
  • Environmental measurements
  • Diatom Species Composition
  • Soft algae species composition

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, Professor of Biological Sciences and Executive Director, School of Environment, Arts & Society
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, OE 148
Miami, FL 33199
Email: gaisere@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-302-2716 / 305-348-6145 / 305-348-7286

Blue Carbon Analysis Laboratory

  • Research student observing soil analysis.

The Blue Carbon Analysis Laboratory Specializes in nutrient and chemical analyses of plant and soil samples, including a wide variety of extractable nutrients. The lab evaluates plant tissue and wetland soils using state-of-the-art equipment for research, service and training in soil sample collection and nutrient analyses.

Key Services and Rates

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. James Fourqurean
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, ECS 114A
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: 305-348-4084
Email: fourqure@fiu.edu

Soil & Sediment Laboratory

  • Soil Sediment

The Soils and Sediment Biogeochemistry Laboratory (SBL) specializes in the extraction and analysis of chemical components from soil/sediments and soil/sediment pore water.

Key Services and Rates

  • Dissolved Inorganic Nutrients
  • Total Phosphorus in porewater / surface water
  • Total Phosphorus in Soil, Sediment, or Tissue
  • Total Carbon and Nitrogen in Soil, Sediment or Tissue
  • Complex Extraction
  • Enzyme Assays (MUF-P, -C, -N, -S)

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Piero Gardinali
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, OE 148
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: 305-348-3095
Email: Piero.Gardinali@fiu.edu

Stable Isotope Laboratory

  • Researchers working in Isotope laboratory

The Stable Isotope Laboratory (SIL) is a full service stable isotope facility specializing in biogeochemistry.

Key Services and Rates

  • Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope duel Analysis
  • Individual Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope
  • Compound Specific Carbon Isotope Analysis
  • Compound Specific Hydrogene Isotope Analysis
  • Oxygen Isotope Analysis for Organic and Inorganic Compounds
  • Decarbonation Processing

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Mark Kershaw, Lab Manager
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, VH 310
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: 305-348-1588
Email: kershawm@fiu.edu

Stocker AstroScience Center (ASTRO)

  • Mosaic painting - Stocker Astro

The Stocker AstroScience Center (ASTRO) boasts a 24-inch, computerized research grade telescope with dual filter wheels (UBVRI and RGBL) and research grade CCD cameras (FLI MAXCAM and FLI).

Key Services

  • Access to the 24″ Ritchy-Critien F/6 telescope
  • Access to the 1 meter SARA North (KPNO) telescope
  • Access to the 0.64 meter SARA South (CTIO) telescope
  • Access to the 1 meter JKT SARA telescope

Contact Us

Dr. James Webb, Director
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 222
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: 305-348-3964
Email: webbj@fiu.edu

Toxic Algae Culture Core Facility

  • Scientific glass filled half way with Algae

The Toxic Algae Culture Core Facility is the main repository and supplier of microorganism cultures, purified toxins, DNA and RNA, labeled toxins and antibodies.  It supplies access to a wide range of equipment, training and a number of services related to marine toxin research.

Key Services

  • BioRad DGGE
  • BioTek Synergy 2 UV/Vis, fluorescence and luminescence plate reader
  • FastPrep DNA machine
  • ThermoFinnigan HPLC with UV and fluorescence detectors
  • MJ Opticon Thermal Cycler
  • Zeiss Axiovert Microscope

For a list of all of the services, please click here.

Contact Us

Daisy Tirado
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC 3 514
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-6837
Email: daisy.tirado@fiu.edu

Dr. Kathleen Rein
Phone: 305-348-6682
Email: reink@fiu.edu

Trace Evidence Analysis Facility

  • Researchers at scene analyzing trace evidence.

The Trace Evidence Analysis Facility (TEAF) plays a key role in assisting faculty and students to conduct relevant research with state of the art instrumentation.  The TEAF also provides technical expertise, training and services to the forensic science and more general analytical sciences communities.

Key Services and Rates

  • Elemental analysis by HR-ICP-MS
  • Specialized training and method development
  • Elemental analysis by HR-ICP-MS WO
  • Forensic training and laboratory demos
  • Elemental analysis by ICP-MS (standard solution mode, quadrupole)
  • Elemental analysis by ICP-OES (solution based)

For a list of all of the services and rates, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Jose R. Almirall, Facility Director
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, OE 109
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-3917
Email: almirall@fiu.edu

Trace Metal Facility Core

  • Laboratory Equipment to trace metal

The Trace Metal Facility Core promotes collaborative studies on trace metals in the environmental and biological systems by providing a facility for ARCH members at Florida International University and the University of Miami and other collaborators.

Key Services

  • Trace metal analysis protocols
  • Clean area for sample preparation
  • Instrument analysis

For additional information on services, please click here.

Contact Us

Dr. Yong Cai
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 373
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-6210
Email: cai@fiu.edu

Dr. Guangliang Liu
Phone: 305-348-6235
Email: liug@fiu.edu

Wall of Wind (WOW)

  • Wall of Wind

The NHERI Wall of Wind (WOW) Experimental Facility was funded by NSF to be a national facility that enables researchers to better understand wind effects on civil infrastructure systems and to prevent wind hazards from becoming community disasters. WOW is powered by a combined 12-fan system capable of repeatable testing in up to 157 mph wind speeds through its flow management system.

Key Services and Rates

  • 1 day of WoW Research Facility time
  • 1 day of personnel time dedicated to supplemental pre-testing setup
  • 1 day of personnel time dedicated to supplemental post-testing setup

Please click here to access the internal rates.

Contact Us

Dr. Arindam Chowdhury, Associate Professor
Engineering Center
10555 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33174
Phone: 305-348-0518
Email: chowdhur@fiu.edu

Peter Irwin, Professor
Phone: 305-348-2824
Email: peairwi@fiu.edu