Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology Core Facilities
The ICMB core facilities support cellular and molecular biology research atThe University of Texas at Austin. The facilities offer a full range of services in nucleic acid and protein sequencing, peptide synthesis, mass spectrometry, protein purification and analysis, DNA microarrays, x-ray chrystallography, and transgenic - knockout mice. The ICMB core facilites include:
Nanotechnology Core Facilities
The Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology facilities include scanning probe microscopy, nano device fabrication and testing, and electronic and vibrational spectroscopy.
Texas Petawatt Laser
The college is currently home to the highest power laser in the world, the Texas Petawatt Laser, which, when turned on, has the power output of more than 2,000 times the output of all power plants in the United States. (A petawatt is one quadrillion watts.) The laser is brighter than sunlight on the surface of the sun, but it only lasts for an instant, a 10th of a trillionth of a second (0.0000000000001 second).
Texas Natural Science Center
With many facilities at the J.J. Pickle research campus in North Austin, TNSC is home to some of the most extensive collections of invertebrate and vertebrate fossils and natural history collections in the country. A high-resolution X-ray CT (Computed Tomography) scanner is available at the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab.
Plant Resources Center
The Plant Resources Center (TEX-LL) with over 1,000,000 specimens is the largest herbarium in the southwestern United States and ranks fifth among U.S. university herbaria and twelfth across the nation. TEX-LL, with about a quarter of its specimens from Texas, has the largest holdings of Texas plants in the world. Nearly one half of the specimens at TEX-LL are from Latin America, with an especially strong representation of Mexico and northern Central America. Presently the number of vascular plant collections inserted in the herbarium is growing at an approximate rate of 16,400 specimens per year
UTEX Culture Collection of Algae
The Culture Collection includes approximately 3,000 different strains of living algae, representing most major algal taxa. The primary function of UTEX is to provide algal cultures at modest cost to a user community. Cultures in the Collection are used for research, teaching, biotechnology development, and various other projects throughout the world.
Department of Physics
The Department of Physics provides a number of facilities and services for use by faculty, staff, and students within the Department. Many facilities are also available for use by other University-affilliated students and staff.