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Core Services at Fralin Life Sciences helps you solve your most pressing research challenges by providing specialized instrumentation and analytical services for basic, clinical, and translational research.

Shared research facilities supporting the life sciences will provide core resources across departments and disciplines. Staffed by expert technicians and guided by user needs, these facilities will drive efficiencies and promote collaborations across the research enterprise. This model will allow for scale and quality of investment not currently available to individual researchers, departments, or colleges; efficiencies of scale for service and infrastructure; and strategic support for university priorities.

A state-of-the-art Zeiss LSM 880 confocal laser scanning microscope is available to Virginia Tech researchers through the Fralin Imaging Center. The instrument is operated on a fee-for-use basis as a university service center.

Genevestigator is a software that works on personal computer with online access to the home server to mine transcriptomics data for 7 animal species (Human, Rat, Mouse, Macaque, Dog, Pig and Drosophila), 12 plant species (Arabidopsis, Cabbage, Soybean, Barley, Medicago, Tobacco, Rice, Physcomitrella, Tomato, Sorghum, Wheat and Maize), and two microbes (E. coli, and Yeast).


The Genomics Sequencing Center offers the necessary combination of highly-skilled molecular biologists and the latest in Next-Generation Sequencing technologies to help research clients realize successful end goals.

Complete sequence analysis software for molecular biology research, protein analysis, genomics, and transcriptomics studies. Please visit the lasergene software download site.

The Mass Spectrometry Research Incubator (VT-MSI) is an open facility that supports Virginia Tech's research infrastructure as a mass spectrometry analysis and education center. The facility provides the tools and skills needed for answering key questions in chemical and life sciences research.

The Metabolic Phenotyping Core at Virginia Tech offers sophisticated in-vivo and in-vitro experimental tools to internal and external investigators at competitive rates.