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Research Institutes
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Find institutes, shared instrumentation and more.

Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Penn State Cancer Institute

Materials Research Institute

The Penn State Institute of Energy and the Environment

The Social Science Research Institute

Shared Core Facilities

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Penn State's interdisciplinary research institutes, listed below, operate a portfolio of world-class research instrumentation, services and consulting that are available to internal and external users. 

List of laboratories with shared core facilities

Search for shared instruments and services

In addition to browsing the interdisciplinary research institutes below, internal and external users can search the facilities and research instrumentation available for use at*.

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For most inclusive search results, search by free text, and use both types of instruments and methodologies. For example, search both "microscope" and "microscopy," or "mass spectrometer" and "mass spectrometry."

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*This database of core facilties is in development, with the majority of shared facilities entered as of 9/1/2018. Completion is expected in the summer of 2018. If you have a new shared research facility (with approved external rates) and would like to include the instrument or service in the database, please email


Additional Advanced Research Facilities

Applied Research Laboratory

Electro-Optics Center

Institute for Manufacturing & Sustainment Technologies (iMAST)

Penn State College of Medicine

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

Animal Diagnostic Lab

Animal Resource Program

Biomarker Core Lab


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