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Core Services of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute

The Fralin Life Sciences Institute has shared-service core research facilities providing specialized instrumentation and analytical services for the conduct of basic, clinical, and translational research.

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Core Services of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute 

Fralin Imaging Center

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.

Genomics Sequencing Center

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.

Mass Spectrometry Incubator

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.


Questions about the Fralin Life Sciences Institute core facilities can be directed to Rich Helm, PhD, Director of Core Services & Research Resources, by filling out the form below.

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Fralin Life Sciences Institute
Core Services & Research Resources
Steger Hall 
1015 Life Science Circle
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Rich Helm
Mass Spectrometry Incubator

Megan Naff
Genomics Sequencing Center

Kristi DeCourcey
Fralin Imaging Center