The University offers many research facilities that are available to researchers across disciplines and departments:
Small Molecule Screening Center
The Small Molecule Screening Center enables the discovery of cutting-edge biology on Princeton's campus through the screening and innovation of small molecule compounds. Located in the Frick Chemistry Laboratory, the screening center collaborates with research groups in all areas of the biological sciences.
The Center’s unique compound collection and its screening capabilities make major contributions to various research activities, accelerating the identification of exceptional chemical probes in pioneering biological studies and potential therapeutic candidates of high impact.
Survey Research Center
The Survey Research Center (SRC) provides students, administrators and faculty members with assistance in designing and implementing surveys for research purposes. The SRC offers education and guidance on study design and sampling, questionnaire development and testing, data collection and processing, and ethical issues in survey research. The SRC also offers a 12-station telephone interviewing facility, access to online survey software, project management services, and, when appropriate, guidance on the solicitation of outside survey research firms. The facility was founded with Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is part of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Micro/Nano Fabrication Laboratory
The Micro/Nano Fabrication Laboratory provides facilities and equipment for working with a variety of materials to fabricate devices and structures for electronics, photonics, micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) and biological applications. The facilities are available for use by Princeton University faculty members, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students as well as students from nearby academic institutions and researchers at industrial affiliates. The 5,000-foot clean room includes facilities for thin-film formation, pattern transfer by plasma etching, and optical, nano-imprint and electron beam lithography. The facility is part of the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM).
Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC)
The Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC) offers high-end, state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise for imaging and analysis of materials for research and education. The Center contains a suite of transmission and scanning electron microscopes with micro/nano chemical and structural analysis capabilities, a dual-beam focused ion beam system for materials manipulation, atomic force microscopes, x-ray diffractometers, computer simulation and image processing capabilities, as well as materials preparation facilities. IAC instruments are open to all qualified users, whether from Princeton University, other academic institutions or industry. The facility is overseen by the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM).
Mass Spectroscopy Facility
The Mass Spectroscopy Facility in the Department of Chemistry houses a number of spectrometers capable of exploring the chemical properties and structure of molecules. The facility offers sample preparation, training, and professional help as needed for running samples. The instruments are available for use by chemistry faculty members and research teams as well as researchers in other departments at Princeton. Students from other academic institutions and members of the industrial associates program may also use the facilities.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility in the Department of Chemistry offers access to state-of-the-art equipment for probing the structural and chemical properties of molecules. The NMR facility also offers a variety of software tools for data processing and analysis. The facility houses seven NMR spectrometers including instruments featuring robotic liquid handlers and large capacity autosamplers for high-efficiency small molecule studies. The spectrometers are available for use by University faculty members, research staff and students as well as students from other academic institutions and corporate researchers via the department's Industrial Associates Program.
Flow Cytometry Resource Facility
The Flow Cytometry Resource Facility provides equipment, training and support for flow cytometry and cell sorting (FACs). The facility handles a variety of cell types, including human, murine, porcine and insect cell lines as well as primary murine leukocytes, stem cells, bacteria, yeast, and C. elegans. Staff members are available to provide assistance in experimental design, sample preparation, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, publications, and grant-related activities. Use of the facility is available to faculty, staff and student researchers at Princeton University as well as investigators at other academic institutes and companies. The facility is part of Princeton's Department of Molecular Biology and is affiliated with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Confocal Microscopy Facility
The Confocal Microscopy Facility provides laser scanning confocal microscopy, a technique that offers the highest light microscope resolution obtainable. The technology can be performed on single or multiply labeled specimens and can be used to study intact samples, such as developing fish embryos or sections from brain and other tissues that have been tagged with fluorescent probes. The facility also offers training and image analysis software. These services are available to all faculty, staff and students at the University, as well as to researchers from outside academic institutions and corporations. The facility is part of the Department of Molecular Biology.
Electron Microscopy Facility and Histology Facility
The Electron Microscopy (EM) & Histology Facility provides training for the operation of EM equipment as well as biological sample preparation. The EM facility maintains a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and ultramicrotome for ultrastructural study. The Histology facility maintains an automatic tissue processor, tissue embedding center, rotary microtome, and cryostat for histological study. This equipment is available to undergraduate and graduate students, research staff members, and faculty members within the Princeton University research community. The facilities are housed in the Department of Molecular Biology.
Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Center
The Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Center offers a range of services and collaborative opportunities for large and small-scale projects in mass spectrometry-based biological research. The Center serves as a scientific partner in activities ranging from project design to sample preparation, MS data acquisition and analysis, write-up, dissemination, and grant-related activities. Equipped with a suite of state-of-the-art MS instrumentation, the Center is available to all faculty members, staff researchers, and students at the University, as well as to the scientific community at large. The center is affiliated with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is supported by the Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis Sigler Institute of Genomics.
The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics is home to world-class research facilities, including an imaging facility, a microarray facility, a sequencing facility and several bioinformatics resources. These resources are available to Princeton University faculty, research staff and students regardless of affiliation with the Institute. The facilities are provided by the Lewis-Sigler Institute in conjunction with the Center for Quantitative Biology.
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Princeton University is a consortium member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the treatment of cancer through the transformation of laboratory discoveries into clinical practice. CINJ provides centralized research facilities that support the cancer efforts of CINJ members as well as non-affiliated researchers. These facilities include:
- Biospecimen Repository Service
- Centralized Education and Training for Clinical Research Personnel
- Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorting
- Functional Genomics
- Histopathology and Imaging
- Office of Human Research Services
- Preclinical Imaging
- Research Pharmacy
- Transgenic/Knock-out Mouse
The Broadcast Center
The Broadcast Center offers a range of services related to the production of video products, including segments about research at Princeton and events on campus. Services include pre-production planning, writing scripts, creating storyboards, filming and editing. The Center also provides a location for on-camera television and radio interviews. These facilities are available to faculty members, research staff and students.