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Welcome to UNC Research Core Facilities

UNC Research Core Facilities are shared resources which offer a wide range of services to the research community, including cutting edge technologies, high end instrumentation, technical support, and education. Our facilities are committed to enhancing and expanding the collaborative capabilities of research at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Searchable Core Database

Search the Core Facility Database graphicThis searchable database lists all the cores in alphabetical order.
You can browse the entire list or use the search function to sort the entire listing either by broad categories, specific keywords, contact name, or equipment.

Core listings by Categories

These pages list our core facilities by general areas of focus: animal models, biochemistry, clinical and translational, genomics, imaging, and research support services. The pages include brief profiles of each core, giving an overview of each to assist the investigator identify the appropriate core to contact for their project. Cores by Categories


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Biochemistry cores
Clinical Cores page
Genomics cores
Imaging cores
Research support page


  • RSS Core Facilities on PubMed

    • What Survivorship Means to Liver Transplant Recipients-Qualitative Groundwork for A Survivorship Conceptual Model May 4, 2021
      CONCLUSIONS: LT recipients identify themselves as survivors, and post-LT identities were greatly influenced by pre-LT experiences. These perspectives informed an in depth conceptual model of survivorship after transplantation. We identified sources of motivation and coping strategies used in LT recovery that could be targets of survivorship interventions aimed at improving post-LT outcomes.
      Sarah R Lieber
    • Assessment of <sup>18</sup>F-PBR-111 in the Cuprizone Mouse Model of Multiple Sclerosis April 30, 2021
      The study aims to assess site assessment of the performance of ^(18)F-PBR-111 as a neuroinflammation marker in the cuprizone mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS). ^(18)F-PBR-111 PET imaging has not been well evaluated in multiple sclerosis applications both in preclinical and clinical research. This study will help establish the potential utility of ^(18)F-PBR-111 PET in […]
      Valerie L Jewells
    • Multi-site MRI harmonization via attention-guided deep domain adaptation for brain disorder identification April 30, 2021
      Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has shown great clinical and practical values in computer-aided brain disorder identification. Multi-site MRI data increase sample size and statistical power, but are susceptible to inter-site heterogeneity caused by different scanners, scanning protocols, and subject cohorts. Multi-site MRI harmonization (MMH) helps alleviate the inter-site difference for subsequent analysis. Some MMH […]
      Hao Guan
    • Development of Novel <sup>18</sup>F-PET Agents for Tumor Hypoxia Imaging April 26, 2021
      Tumor hypoxia is a major factor responsible for tumor progression, metastasis, invasion, and treatment resistance, leading to low local tumor control and recurrence after radiotherapy in cancers. Here,^(18)F-positron emission tomography (PET) probes are developed for visualizing viable hypoxic cells in biopsies. Pimonidazole derivatives and nitroimidazole-based agents bearing sulfonyl linkers were evaluated. A small-animal PET study […]
      Li Wang
    • Factors Associated With the Dilation of Perivascular Space in Healthy Elderly Subjects April 12, 2021
      Background: The dilation of perivascular space (PVS) has been widely used to reflect brain degeneration in clinical brain imaging studies. However, PVS characteristics exhibit large differences in healthy subjects. Such variations need to be better addressed before PVS can be used to reflect pathological changes. In the present study, we aim to investigate the potential […]
      Peiyu Huang


Thanks to Dr. Michael Chua, Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility, Dr. Raymond Pickles for header image "Airway Epithelium" and Dr. Alain Burette, for header image "Brain bow".