Research Resources Center (RRC) cores are back on campus to provide services and access to shared equipment (when possible), there are new guidelines issued by each core due to COVID19. Please reference each core’s new user guidelines before requesting services, projects, or scheduling equipment. All questions or inquiries must be sent by email to respective core.


Meet the RRC

The Research Resources Center is a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. RRC offers research faculty and staff a diverse inventory of high-end scientific equipment as well as a wide range of services. The RRC also welcomes external users doing scientific research.










RRC Cores

Research Resources Center has various cores that specialize in a variety of research techniques and areas. RRC cores employ personnel with extensive skill sets in various scientific protocols who are able to assist or fully execute your research projects. Furthermore, these cores maintain a diverse inventory of fully calibrated instruments available for users. Each core offers training on the use of instruments and core staff are equipped with skills and knowledge to troubleshoot equipment usage problems. RRC Cores are divided into three divisions:




Bioanalytics, Biophysics & Cytomics Division


Genome Research Division


Scientific Imaging & Nanotechnology Division



RRC Research Support Units


In addition to the cores, RRC has a suite of Research Support Units. These units function in collaboration with all other cores as well as individually to give our customers full support in their research endeavors.






Research Resources Center Administrative Office





1737 West Polk Street,

AOB Suite 310, MC 937, 

Chicago, Illinois 60612


Phone: (312) 996-7600

Fax: (312) 996-0539


Informational Website: 

Service Website:




Biophysics, Bioanalytics, & Cytomics Division:

Genome Research Division:

           Genomics – CMWT A302, 1853 West Polk Street
           Sequencing – CMW 329, 1819 West Polk Street

Scientific Imaging & Nanotechnology Division:

Research Support Division:


iLab Cores at University of Illinois at Chicago

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Administrative Support Core

Tarra Bollinger 312-996-1216
Biophysics Core

Hyun Lee 312-355-5292
Cardiovascular Research Core

Maricela Castellon 3129967878
Electron Microscopy Core

Fengyuan Shi (312) 355-2087
Flow Cytometry Core

Balaji Ganesh 312-355-0742
Fluorescence Imaging Core

Peter Toth 312-996-0003
Genome Research Core

General Lab Contact
High-Throughput Screening Core

Kiira Ratia, PhD (312) 355-1296
Mass Spectrometry Core

Hui Chen
Nanotechnology Core Facility

NCF Admin
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Core

Hyun Lee 312-355-5292
Preclinical Imaging Core

Weiguo Li 312-413-5638
Research Histology Core

Maria Sverdlov, PhD (312) 355-0177
Research Informatics Core

Mark Maienschein-Cline
Research Tissue Imaging Core

Eileen Brister 312-355-4338
Scientific Instrument Shop

Joel Rodriguez 312-996-4383
Scientific Storeroom

Ron McKinney (312) 996-7674
Single Cell Sequencing

UI Health Biorepository

UI Biorep 312-996-3807
Viral Vector Core

Seock-Won Youn 312-355-3682