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Biomedical Technology Research Resources (BTRRs)

These centers create critical, often unique technology and methods at the forefront of their respective fields and apply them to a broad range of basic, translational and clinical research. This occurs through a synergistic interaction of technical and biomedical expertise, both within the centers and in intensive collaborations with other leading laboratories.

The centers serve a unique purpose in the broad context of NIH-funded research. They represent a critical mass of technological and intellectual capacity with a strong focus on service and training for outside investigators, as well as providing access to and dissemination of technologies, methods and software. Their goal is to promote the widespread and routine application of the cutting-edge technologies they develop across the full spectrum from bench to bedside.

Find a center with the capabilities you need on the BTRR Portal Site Link to external Website.

Search Results for ALL BTRRs

BioCARS: A Synchrotron Structural Biology Resource Link to external Website
University of Chicago
Principal Investigator: J. Keith Moffat, Ph.D.
BioCARS is a state-of-the art, national user facility for synchrotron-based studies of the dynamic and static properties of macromolecules by X-ray scattering techniques such as crystallography (specializing in time-resolved), small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering and fiber diffraction. BioCARS operates two X-ray beamlines, embedded in a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility unique in the U.S. that permits safe studies of biohazardous materials such as human pathogens.

Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT) Link to external Website
Illinois Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Thomas C. Irving, Ph.D.
BioCAT operates facilities at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source as a national research resource for the study of the structure of partially ordered biological molecules, complexes of biomolecules and cellular structures under conditions similar to those present in living cells and tissues.

Boulder Laboratory for 3-D Electron Microscopy of Cells Link to external Website
University of Colorado, Boulder
Principal Investigator: Andreas Hoenger, Ph.D.
The Boulder Laboratory for 3-D Electron Microscopy of Cells develops approaches for localizing molecules in cells and tissues using tomography on samples prepared by rapid freezing, freeze-substitution fixation and cryo-electron microscopy.

Center for Computational Mass Spectrometry Link to external Website
University of California, San Diego
Principal Investigator: Pavel A. Pevzner, Ph.D.
This center focuses on the computational bottlenecks that impair the interpretation of data, bringing modern algorithmic approaches to mass spectrometry and building a new generation of reliable, open-access software tools to support both new mass spectrometry instrumentation and emerging applications.

Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing Link to external Website
University of Utah
Principal Investigator: Christopher R. Johnson, Ph.D.
This resource produces open-source software tools for biomedical image-based modeling, biomedical simulation and estimation, and visualization of biomedical data.

Integrated Technology Resource for Biomedical Glycomics Link to external Website
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia
Principal Investigator: J. Michael Pierce, Ph.D.
This resource develops and implements new technologies to investigate the glycome of cells, including glycoproteomics and glycoconjugate analysis, transcript analysis and bioinformatics.

Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics Link to external Website
University of California, Irvine
Principal Investigator: Enrico Gratton, Ph.D.
This resource develops novel fluorescence technologies, including instrumentation, methods and software. These are applicable to cellular imaging and the elucidation of dynamic processes in cells.

Life Science and Biomedical Technology Research Resource Link to external Website
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Robert M. Sweet, Ph.D.
This resource will develop and provide access to two advanced beam lines for macromolecular crystallography and one for general x-ray scattering studies, and will offer smaller programs in macromolecular crystallography correlated with optical spectroscopy, and x-ray fluorescence imaging. The crystallography and scattering beam lines will be available in 2016.

Macromolecular Diffraction Facility at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (MacCHESS) Link to external Website
Cornell University
Principal Investigator: Richard A. Cerione, Ph.D.
This resource operates three beamlines devoted to macromolecular crystallography and small-angle scattering at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) and provides expertise in large unit-cell diffraction, MAD phasing, microdiffraction, high-pressure cryocooling, multiple beam diffraction and software development.

Mass Spectrometry Resource for Biology and Medicine Link to external Website
Boston University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Catherine E. Costello, Ph.D.
This resource develops and applies sophisticated mass spectrometry technologies and methods in an environment of close interaction with life scientists and physicians. The primary emphasis is on studies of oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates.

National Biomedical Center for Advanced ESR Technology Link to external Website
Cornell University
Principal Investigator: Jack H. Freed, Ph.D.
This resource develops electron spin resonance technologies that are applicable to elucidating the structure and complex dynamics of proteins and to other biomedical applications.

National Biomedical Computation Resource (NBCR) Link to external Website
University of California, San Diego
Principal Investigator: Rommie Amaro, Ph.D.
NBCR's mission is to conduct, catalyze and enable biomedical research by harnessing cutting-edge computational and information technologies, with a strong focus on translational and multiscale research.

National Bio-Organic Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Resource Link to external Website
University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Alma L. Burlingame, Ph.D.
This facility provides high-performance tandem mass spectrometry and proteomics, including multiplexed quantitative comparative analysis of protein and post-translational modifications, and a leading suite of tools for the analysis of mass spectrometry proteomics data.

National Center for Dynamic Interactome Research (NCDIR) Link to external Website
Rockefeller University
Principal Investigator: Michael P. Rout, Ph.D.
NCDIR combines expertise in cell biology, genetics, mass spectrometry and computational structural biology to develop new integrated approaches for the detection, isolation and analysis of macromolecular complexes that that make up the dynamic cellular interactome.

National Center for Functional Glycomics (NCFG) Link to external Website
Emory University
Principal Investigator: Richard D. Cummings, Ph.D.
NCFG develops technologies in the glycosciences, with an emphasis on glycan microarray and glycan presentation for exploration of the molecular mechanisms of glycan recognition by proteins important in human biology and disease.

National Center for Macromolecular Imaging (NCMI) Link to external Website
Baylor College of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Wah Chiu, Ph.D.
NCMI is focused on extending the resolution, speed and flexibility of cryo-electron microscopy for the 3-D structure determination of biological macromolecular assemblies. The center also develops cryo-electron tomography techniques to capture molecular structures in situ.

National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR) Link to external Website
University of California, San Diego
Principal Investigator: Mark H. Ellisman, Ph.D.
NCMIR develops computer-aided, advanced microscopy for the acquisition of structural and functional data in the dimensional range of 1 nm to 100 um, which encompasses macromolecules, subcellular structures and cells.

National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (MMBioS) Link to external Website
University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: Ivet Bahar, Ph.D.
MMBioS develops technology and tools to facilitate research and training at the interface between computing technology and the life sciences. The center also works to deepen understanding of the molecular and cellular organization and mechanisms that underlie synaptic signaling and regulation.

National Center for X-ray Tomography (NCXT) Link to external Website
Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Carolyn A. Larabell, Ph.D.
NCXT develops soft X-ray tomography for visualizing and quantifying the internal structure of whole, hydrated cells and high-numerical aperture fluorescence microscopy for locating the position of specific cellular molecules.

National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison Link to external Website
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Principal Investigator: John L. Markley, Ph.D.
This resource develops NMR technologies for the high-throughput structure determination of small proteins and RNA, for elucidating the structure and dynamics of complex systems, and for metabolomics.

National Research Resource for Imaging Mass Spectrometry Link to external Website
Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Richard M. Caprioli, Ph.D.
The mission of this resource is to advance the technology of imaging mass spectrometry, to facilitate the application of this novel imaging modality to problems of biological and clinical significance, and to promote the adoption of these technologies by a larger community of scientists and clinicians.

National Resource for Automated Molecular Microscopy (NRAMM) Link to external Website
New York Structural Biology Center
Principal Investigator: Bridget O. Carragher, Ph.D.
NRAMM develops, tests and applies technology aimed toward completely automating the processes involved in solving macromolecular structures using cryo-electron microscopy. The goal is to establish a resource that will serve as a center for high-throughput molecular microscopy as well as for transferring this technique to the research community.

National Resource for Biomedical Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Link to external Website
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Kenneth W. Turteltaub, Ph.D.
This resource develops and refines accelerator mass spectrometry methods and instrumentation for the precise, quantitative measurement of radionuclides in biomedical research. AMS is most useful when sample size is limited, specific activity is very low, the level of isotope that can be used is very limited (human studies) or the events being studied occur with very low frequency or at very low concentration.

National Resource for Cell Analysis and Modeling (NRCAM) Link to external Website
University of Connecticut Health Center
Principal Investigator: Leslie M. Loew, Ph.D.
NRCAM develops new technologies for the analysis, modeling and simulation of cell biological processes. The technologies are integrated and disseminated through Virtual Cell, a Web-based application.

National Resource for Network Biology (NRNB) Link to external Website
University of California, San Diego
Principal Investigator: Trey Ideker, Ph.D.
NRNB provides a freely available, open-source suite of software technology that broadly enables network-based visualization, analysis and biomedical discovery for NIH-funded researchers.

National Resource for the Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Biological Macromolecules Link to external Website
The Rockefeller University
Principal Investigator: Brian T. Chait, Ph.D.
This resource develops new instruments, methods and software, including proteomic tools for dissecting cellular function, with a special emphasis on the mass spectrometry of peptides and proteins.

NE-CAT Center for Macromolecular Crystallography Link to external Website
Cornell University
Principal Investigator: Steven E. Ealick, Ph.D.
NE-CAT is a facility for macromolecular crystallography at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory devoted to X-ray diffraction studies of macromolecules, which often involve large unit cells, small crystals and weakly diffracting crystals with weak anomalous scattering.

Proteomics Research Resource for Integrative Biology Link to external Website
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Richard D. Smith, Ph.D.
This resource develops and integrates new proteomic technologies for use in biomedical research, with an emphasis on high-resolution, quantitative approaches.

Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics Link to external Website
University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Thomas E. Ferrin, Ph.D.
This resource develops software and Web-based resources for the analysis of molecular structures and related biomolecular data at scales ranging from the atomic to the supramolecular.

Resource for Integrated Glycotechnology Link to external Website
University of Georgia
Principal Investigator: Kelley Moremen, Ph.D.
This resource develops technologies to increase understanding of the molecular basis of protein-carbohydrate interactions in disease. The resource combines complementary technologies: synthetic chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, computational biology, protein expression and cell-based assays.

Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics Link to external Website
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Principal Investigator: Klaus J. Schulten, Ph.D.
This resource’s technology research and development activities focus on the structure and function of supramolecular systems in the living cell as well as on the development of new algorithms and efficient computing tools for physical biology. The development and maintenance of widely distributed software tools, nanoscale molecular dynamics and visual molecular dynamics are central to this work.

Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Link to external Website
Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Keith O. Hodgson, Ph.D.
This is an integrated resource with macromolecular crystallography, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering/diffraction services. The resource also provides enhanced computing and data management tools that enable "user-friendly, real-time and online" instrumentation control with remote access.

Ultrafast Optical Processes Laboratory Link to external Website
University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Feng Gai, Ph.D.
This resource develops ultrafast, time-resolved laser technologies and instrumentation, with a focus on 2-D IR spectroscopy, to enable atomic-level measurements of biomolecular structure and dynamics.

Washington University Mass Spectrometry Resource Link to external Website
Washington University in St. Louis
Principal Investigator: Michael L. Gross, Ph.D.
This resource develops mass spectrometry-based tools for the study of proteins, lipids and metaboilites. These include biomarker identification, stable isotope mass spectrometry and the analysis of intact proteins.

Yeast Resource Center Link to external Website
University of Washington
Principal Investigator: Trisha N. Davis, Ph.D.
This center exploits the budding yeast S. cerevisiae to develop novel technologies for investigating and characterizing protein structure and function. The center offers access to technologies in the areas of mass spectrometry, protein structure prediction, fluorescence microscopy and computational biology.

For additional information on NIGMS biomedical technology research resources, please contact:

Ward Smith, Ph.D.
Chief, Biomedical Technology Branch
Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Tel: 301-594-0828

This page last reviewed on October 16, 2017