All graduate student research is carried out in faculty research laboratories located on the Brown University campus and in nearby affiliated hospitals. In addition to all of the basic research equipment, tools and facilities, there are several major, shared facilities.
BioMed Core Facilities
The Leduc Bioimaging Facility, open to all investigators, provides equipment and training dedicated to high-resolution imaging in the life sciences. The facility includes a Transmission Electron Microscope, a Scanning Electron Microscope, two Fluorescence Microscopes, a Fluorescence Stereomicroscope, three Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopes, and software for image analysis. The facility also maintains equipment for sample preparation, including a critical point dryer, sputter coater, and microtomes for ultrathin sectioning.
The Genomics Core Facility is a part of the Center for Genomics and Proteomics. The mission of the Center is not focused on a specific disease or organ system, but rather aims to apply interdisciplinary systems biology research to a wide variety of fundamental biological processes.
The function of the Mouse Transgenic and Gene Targeting Facility is to support investigators through generation of transgenic and mutant mice. Their mission is to facilitate access to mouse models of human diseases. The service is a collaborative effort that requires close interaction between an investigator and the facility personnel. While some steps are accomplished by the PI's laboratory, other steps are performed at the Facility.
The professionally staffed Animal Care Facility is fully equipped for animal maintenance, large animal surgery and experimentation.
Brown's fourteen story Sciences Library houses approximately 4,000 current periodicals, many also in electronic format, 530,000 bound volumes, electronic database search facilities, and study space for 300 students. The SciLi holds materials that support study and research in the fields of Medicine, Psychology, Neural Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Pure and Applied Mathematics, and provides a wide range of services to the staff, students and faculty of Brown University. The Sciences Library is located on the corner of Waterman and Thayer Streets.
Brown's Science Center is a state-of-the-art facility that supports teaching and learning in the sciences. Located on the third floor of the SciLi, students come to the Center to find a tutor, to join or to organize a study group, and to learn about research opportunities in their field. Faculty and peer advisors from across the science disciplines provide comprehensive information about science concentrations and research opportunities in the sciences. The Center houses academic mentoring and support programs and serves as the campus clearinghouse for information about research and fellowship opportunities at Brown and around the world.