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Advanced Research Computing

  • 3050 Torgersen Hall
  • Advanced Research Computing provides centralized support for research computing by building, operating and promoting the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure at Virginia Tech. It seeks to maximize research productivity at Virginia Tech through interdisciplinary collaborations that connect researchers to new opportunities in computing and data driven research. Advanced Research Computing also provides a competitive advantage to Virginia Tech research in obtaining external research support, while delivering a comprehensive ecosystem consisting of advanced computational systems, large-scale data storage, visualization facilities, software, and consulting services.
  • Kevin Shinpaugh, Director of Advanced Research Computing Operations,

Analytical Research Laboratory

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Services available to all Virginia Tech and external clients:
    • Waters Xevo TQD UPLC-MS/MS and Agilent 6890 GC-MS for chromatographic separation and identification/quantitation of organic molecules by molecular mass
    • Agilent 7900 ICP-MS for quantitative determination of trace metals
    • Anton Parr Multiwave GO microwave digestion system
    • Acid fume hoods capable of safely handling standard digestion acids (HNO3, HCl, H2SO4, etc.) as well as hydrofluoric acid (HF) and perchloric acid (HClO4)
  • McAlister Council-Troche, Laboratory Manager, 540-231-4835,

Analytical Services Lab (formerly Enology Service Lab)

  • FST Building
  • Fulfills the analysis requirements of the regional wine industry; provides chemical, physical, microbiological and sensory analyses, including standardized reagents
  • Ken Hurley, lab director, 540-231-8690,

Chemistry Research Stockroom

  • 171 Davidson Hall
  • The Chemistry Research Stockroom mainly provides solvents, gases, liquid nitrogen, dry ice, and many other common consumable items to researchers throughout Virginia Tech.
  • Sharelle Carbaugh, manager, 540-231-2046,


Computational Core-High-Performance Computing and Information Technology

  • Fralin Life Science Institute
  • Backup storage, hosting, and archive data services
  • Kevin Shinpaugh, director, Information Technology and Computing Services, 540-231-1246,

Crystallography Service Center

  • Chemistry Department, Integrated Life Science Building, 1981 Kraft Drive
  • Single crystal X-ray structure determination
  • Carla Slebodnick, 540-231-1848,


  • The Cube is a four-story-high, state-of-the-art theatre and high tech laboratory that serves multiple platforms of creative practice by faculty, students, and national and international guest artists and researchers. The Cube is a highly adaptable space for research and experimentation in big data exploration, immersive environments, intimate performances, audio and visual installations, and experiential investigations of all types. This facility is shared between Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.

Drone Park

  • 2143 Oak Lane, Blacksburg, VA
  • The football-field-sized facility gives students, researchers, employees, and members of the community a place to explore UAS operations without the constraints of registration, certification, or specialized training.
  • 540-231-7303 or

Electrical and Computer Engineering Cleanroom

  • Whittemore Hall, sixth floor
  • The ECE cleanroom provides 1900 square feet of cleanroom space for the research and development of MEMS, nanotechnology, bio-sensing applications, and photonic and microelectronic devices
  • Donald Leber, manager, 540-231-8646,

Electron Microscopy Service Laboratory

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ultrastructural analysis of biological and non-biological materials using transmission electron microscopy/scanning electron microscopy
  • Nathalie Becerra, Laboratory Manager, 540-231-4811,

Flow Cytometry Laboratory

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Centralized service lab available to all Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students as well as external clients. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art sorters, an analyzer, and an imaging cytometer which allows investigators to utilize the latest techniques in flow cytometry to enhance their research.
  • Melissa Makris, manager, 540-231-4115,

Fralin Imaging Center

  • Fralin Life Sciences Institute
  • State-of-the-art Zeiss LSM 880 confocal laser scanning microscope is available to Virginia Tech researchers through the Fralin Imaging Center on a fee-for-use basis.
  • Kristi DeCourcy, 540-231-7959,

Genomics Sequencing Center

  • Steger Hall
  • A dedicated multi-user resource for the development and application of state-of-the-art, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. In 2017, GSC undertook a major upgrade of its NGS platforms, by purchasing Illumina's NovaSeq 6000 and NextSeq. GSC is a "one-stop-shop" providing experimental design consultation, genomic, transcriptomic, and functional genomics services, using Illumina's NovaSeq, NextSeq and MiSeq systems. We have rates that are among the most competitive in the nation, and support over 700 individual PIs worldwide.
  • Saikumar Karyala, lab manager, 540-231-7294,

Glass Shop

  • Chemistry Department, Hahn Hall
  • The Glass Shop is a full service shop engaged in the design and fabrication of custom and standard scientific glassware. Service is available to the entire Virginia Tech campus and also to the business community.
  • Thomas P. Wertalik, master glassblower, 540-231-6111,

Good Laboratory Practice Program

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Assists laboratories with the implementation of a quality system to enable conduct of work in compliance with the federal Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations, provides quality assurance monitoring for GLP studies, and provides customized GLP/quality system training for individuals or research groups.
  • Sandy Hancock, GLP program specialist, 540-231-4817,

High Pressure Processing Lab

  • Food Science and Technology Building
  • High pressure processing
  • Biological, chemical, physical, sensory and other analyses
  • 540-231-8300,

Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Lab (CRC)

  • Advanced equipment for electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and several spectroscopic techniques
  • Bill Reynolds,
  • Chris Winkler,

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) Metals Analysis Service Center

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering, Durham Hall
  • Thermo Electron X-Series ICP-MS for analyzing metal concentrations in liquid
  • Jeff Parks, 540-392-4781,

Laboratory Animal Facilities

  • Laboratory animal housing and care
  • Laboratory animal research support services
  • David Schabdach, Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, Laboratory Animal Resources; Attending Veterinarian, 540-232-8747,

Laboratory for Preclinical Studies

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Exploratory safety and toxicology studies in rodents for both Virginia Techresearchers and external sponsors. Endpoints that can be provided include effects of test agents on rodent behavior, clinical pathology, histopathology, analytical chemistry for pharmacokinetic/toxicokinetic parameter determinations, statistics, and interpretation of results by board certified faculty.
  • Jennifer Davis, director, 540-231-2192,
  • Marion Ehrich, co-director, 540-231-4938,

Laser Ablation ICPMS Lab

  • Department of Geosciences, Derring Hall
  • Agilent 7500ce ICPMS coupled with a Geolas laser ablation system
  • Luca Fedele, 540-231-8754,

Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography Lab

  • Chemistry Department, Hahn Hall South, Room 1007
  • Identify substances by molecular weight using mass spectrometry
  • Geno Iannaccone, analytical lab director, 540-231-6578,
  • Mehdi Ashraf-Khorassani, associate director, 540-231-8221,
  • 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.


Materials Characterzation Lab

  • Rituraj Borgohain, Core Facility Research Manager, 540-231-1271 or

Metabolic Phenotyping Core

  • Integrated Life Science Building (CRC)
  • Specializes in metabolic phenotyping of mouse models; services both human and animal samples that are fresh and cryo-preserved (includes histology)
  • Haiyan Zhang, core manager, 540-315-5693,

Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory

  • 1991 Kraft Dr., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Building 23,  Institue for Critical Technology and Applied Science
  • Established in 2007, the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory is an initiative of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech. The facility is equipped with more than $10 million in highly specialized equipment, more than half of which was made possible through funding provided by Commonwealth Research Initiative. It seeks to help researchers investigate novel phenomena and build transforming technologies that solve critical challenges. The Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory provides:
    • Access to advanced equipment for electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and several spectroscopic techniques
    • Training for students and researchers in the use of the lab’s instrumentation
    • Short courses and characterization services for industry
  • William Reynolds, Director, 540-231-6825,

NMR Spectroscopy

  • Chemistry Department, Hahn Hall South, Room 006
  • Measurement of small variations in radio-frequency nuclear magnetic resonances (NMR) leads to the elucidation of covalent structure, stereochemistry (including conformations), and dynamics
  • Geno Iannaccone, Analytical Lab Director, 540-231-6578,
  • N. Murthy, NMR spectroscopist, 540-231-8256,
  • Ken Knott, research specialist, 540-231-0885,

Soil Testing Laboratory

  • Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, Smyth Hall
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (ICP-AES) for analyzing extracts of soil, plant and other materials for the concentrations of 68 elements
  • Athena Tilley, ICP spectroscopist, 540-231-9806,

Statistical Applications & Innovations Group (SAIG)

  • Hutcheson Hall
  • Our statistical collaborators are trained to help researchers design experiments, analyze and plot data, run statistical software, interpret results, and communicate statistical concepts to non-statisticians. Our assistance is free for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students on academic research projects. We also offer short courses on various statistical topics through the Networked Learning Initiative (
  • 540-231-8354,

Study Design and Statistics Laboratory

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Design, planning, and implementation of research projects, data management and analysis, evaluation, and presentation of data and information
  • Stephen Werre, supervisor, 540-231-3522,

Surface Analysis Service Center

  • Hahn Hall South, Room 008
  • Contemporary surface analysis techniques, featuring the latest PHI VersaProbe III Scanning XPS Microscope, and PhD scientists with over 10 years of experience; you are guaranteed for prompt, specialized, state-of-the-art services.
  • Xu Feng, manager, 540-231-6604,

Teaching and Research Animal Care Support (TRACSS)

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Animal housing for on-campus researchers (per diem charges)
  • Karen Hall, manager, 540-231-4318,

ViTALS (VT Animal Laboratory Services)

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory offering histology (GLP & non-GLP), cytopathology, blood gas, urinalysis, hematology, chemistry, bacteriology, molecular diagnostics, parasitology, immunology, and diagnostic necropsy.
  • Carolyn Sink, laboratory supervisor, 540-231-4627,

Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery Screening Laboratory (VTCDDSL)

  • 301 Engel Hall
  • Assist researchers to develop and carry out high-throughput assays. The laboratory is BSL2 certified and can do both cell-based and enzyme-based screening assays. Users have access to over 40,000 chemical compounds.
  • Pablo Sobrado, VTCDDSL director, 540-231-9485,
  • Nancy Vogelaar, VTCDDSL manager, 540-231-3525,

Water Quality Lab

  • Biological Systems Engineering-Water 302H HABBI
  • Variety of water quality parameters including bacteria presence/absence, anions, cations, carbon, and nutrients
  • Kelly A. Peeler, lab manager, 540-231-4334,