Core Facilities and Service Centers

Core Facilities or Service Centers are centralized shared research resources that provide access to instruments, technologies, services, and in many cases expert consultation and training to researchers. Across the Institute, there are more than 50 core facilities. 

Core facilities generally recover their cost, or a portion of their cost, in the form of user fees that are charged to an investigator's grant, contract or, in some cases, discretionary funds. Because of this, they are subject to the Service Center Policy and associated Accounting and Operating Procedures

Many of these facilities are available on a fee-for-service basis to all investigators. Others are supported by individual departments, specific grants or groups of investigators, and may also be available on a fee-for-service to the broader community when capacity permits, or on a collaborative basis. 

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Facility Areas

Animal Modeling and Clinical Testing

Animal Modeling and Clinical Testing

Facility

Location

Description

Zebrafish Core Facility

76-044

The KI Zebrafish Core Facility was established to provide expertise to KI and MIT researchers who wish to utilize zebrafish as a model organism for any kind of research along with professional daily care of the animals and aquarium systems. The facility can meet a wide range of needs, from one-off experiments of limited scope, to long-term maintenance of dozens of transgenic and/or mutant lines.

ES Cell & Transgenic Animal Core Facility

76-195

This shared resource of the Koch Institute provides fee-for-service support to all MIT investigators who utilize cultured ES cells or novel mouse models to study human diseases such as cancer. Services encompass embryonic stem cells, microinjections, repositories of reagent mice, and much more.

Cell Culture and Analysis

Cell Culture and Analysis

Facility

Location

Description

ES Cell & Transgenic Animal Core Facility

76-195

This shared resource of the Koch Institute provides fee-for-service support to all MIT investigators who utilize cultured ES cells or novel mouse models to study human diseases such as cancer. Services encompass embryonic stem cells, microinjections, repositories of reagent mice, and much more.

The Hope Babette Tang (1893) Histology Facility

76-182

The Hope Babette Tang (1983) Histology Facility has been established to assist the investigator in producing quality histological slides. Provides equipment and expertise to produce sections from frozen, paraffin-embedded, and resin-embedded tissues. Can produce routine hematoxylin and eosin stained slides and special stains, and can provide assistance to investigators performing immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and in-situ hybridization.

IPS Core Facility

46-4277

Allowing researchers to directly examine a wide variety of diseases directly in human cells, the iPS facility in the BCS complex will provide a powerful incentive for different labs to collaborate together and exchange ideas. This common facility will integrate the various research goals of members of the Picower and McGovern Institutes, and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. The various BCS, McGovern, and Picower laboratories have expertise and experience with dfferent experimental protocols which, when combined in a collective manner to the study of human cells, will result in accelerated progress in this novel, dynamic and competitive field.

Flow Cytometry Core Facility

76-279 (Cell Sorting Lab); 76-273 (Analysis)

Provides KI and MIT researchers with technical expertise, training and access to sophisticated instrumentation, enabling and supporting the use of a wide range of flow cytometry techniques. This technology allows simultaneous multiparametric analysis of many thousands of cells per second, enabling trained researchers to rapidly analyze complex cell populations using benchtop analysis flow cytometers. High-speed assisted cell sorting services provide researchers with fast, objective and quantitative recording of fluorescent signals from individual cells combined with physical separation of cells of particular interest.

High Throughput Screening Facility

76-047

The High Throughput Screening Facility provides automated screening capability to KI and MIT researchers, as well as access to curated small molecule and lentiviral shRNA (RNAi) libraries. The facility is equipped with an Arrayscan automated confocal high content screening microscope, Tecan Evo liquid handlers, plate washers, automated micoplate centrifuges, an automated plate reader, and automated CO2 incubators. The instruments can be used in either walk-up or automated modes using our robot arms for general screening or plate preparation.

The facility provides assay development and screening services in both BL2 and BL2+ space, as well as consultation and training for researchers with specific needs or challenging problems

Chemistry Synthesis and Analysis

Chemistry Synthesis and Analysis

Facility

Location

Description

Biophysical Instrumentation Facility

68-470

The Biophysical Instrumentation Facility (BIF) houses instruments to elucidate macromolecular structure, including an analytical ultracentrifuge, a CD spectrometer, a dynamic light scatterer, a differential scanning calorimeter, an isothermal titration calorimeter, a capillary electrophoresis instrument and a bio-layer interferometer. It is largely used by researchers in Chemistry, Biology and BioEngineering but is available to anyone on campus and beyond. The BIF is a BL1 facility. It is staffed 40 hours a week by Debby Pheasant who is available to train new users and provide advice to anyone considering potential applications of the equipment in the facility.

Biopolymers & Proteomics Core Facility

76-181 (Biopolymers); 76-387 (Proteomics)

The Biopolymers & Proteomics Core Facility provides MIT researchers with integrated synthetic and analytical capabilities for biological materials, including DNA, proteins and nanoparticles. Services include routine Sanger DNA sequencing, mass spectrometry-based proteomics approaches for identification, characterization, or quantitation of proteins, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, peptide synthesis and purification, and high-pressure liquid chromatographic analysis and purification.

Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility

18-0090

The facility's function is to maintain a sufficient number and type of state-of-the-art major analytical instruments in order to support the ongoing research programs within the MIT Chemistry Department.

Electron Microprobe Facility

54-1221; 54-1214

The MIT Electron Microprobe Facility serves as the centerpiece of analytical instrumentation used in EAPS for research and teaching activities in geochemistry, petrology and mineral physics. The instruments in the facility form part of the Center for Geochemical Analysis (CGA), which comprises six instrument-oriented facilities. The microprobe facility serves a broad spectrum of research scientists at MIT, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), neighboring universities, academic institutions and the industry. Analytical services are available for the faculty and professionals. User training is also available. An hourly fee is charged.

Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory

Building NW14

The objectives of CMR are: to develop sophisticated technologies for magnetic resonance in the areas of solution-state NMR, solid-state NMR, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP); to apply those technologies to biologically and medically significant research, both in-house and collaboratively; to operate a state-of-the-art instrument facility to serve needs of researchers in chemistry, biology, and medicine; and to openly disseminate and provide training in technological developments at the Center.

ICPMS Facility  

EAPS operates quadrupole and multicollector sector mass spectrometers under the direction of Professor Ed Boyle. These instruments use a high temperature argon plasma to ionize elements from aqueous and gaseous samples prior to mass spectrometric analysis.

Instrumentation Facility (DCIF)

18-0090

The Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility is the shared instrument facility for the Chemistry Department located in the sub-basement of the Camille Edouard Dreyfus Building on the main MIT campus.  The facility's function is to maintain a sufficient number and type of state-of-the-art major analytical instruments in order to support the ongoing research programs within the MIT Chemistry Department.

ISN Facility Service Center

NE47-4F

Founded in 2002, the ISN is a result of the Army’s vision to explore the potential power of nanotechnology to enable unprecedented advances in capabilities for Soldier protection and survivability. To capitalize on this opportunity, the Army decided to create the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies as a university center for basic research on nanotechnology. ISN equipment and facilities are available as resources to members of the MIT community.

Laboratory Instruments and Electronics Service

18-393

Provides diagnosis, repair, modification, consultation, and education of laboratory equipment and electronic instrumentation in departmental laboratories.  Also provides access to analyltical instruments.  It is a resource specific to members of the Department of Chemistry.

Laser Biomedical Research Center

Researchers use the LBRC's resources to exploit laser-based spectroscopic techniques for medical applications such as the spectral diagnosis of disease, investigation of biophysical and biochemical properties of cells and tissues and development of novel imaging techniques.

Mass Spectrometry Lab

The current equipment includes an Applied Biosystems/Sciex QStar Elite quadrupole time-of-flight, an Agilent 1100 LC-MSD TOF, an Agilent 6430 triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, and - our newest instrument - an Agilent 6530 quadrupole time-of-flight with a 1290 Infinity UHPLC system.

Materials Analysis SEF (Surface, Thermal, and Optical)

13-4111, 4137, 4139, and 4151

Analytical techniques available include Auger spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation, Thermal Analysis techniques and Profilometry. A wide array of spectroscopy techniques, including UV-visible-near IR spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy.

Nanomechanical Technology Facility

8-114

A state-of-the-art laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT for probing the properties and surfaces of engineering and biological materials at atomic and molecular length scales through mechanical contact.

Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

Building NW12

The MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (MIT-NRL) is an interdepartmental center that operates a high performance 6 MW research reactor known as the MITR-II. NRL staff also provide technical assistance for research projects for high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, university researchers and faculty members, and national laboratory users.

High Throughput Screening Facility

76-047

The High Throughput Screening Facility provides automated screening capability to KI and MIT researchers, as well as access to curated small molecule and lentiviral shRNA (RNAi) libraries. The facility is equipped with an Arrayscan automated confocal high content screening microscope, Tecan Evo liquid handlers, plate washers, automated micoplate centrifuges, an automated plate reader, and automated CO2 incubators. The instruments can be used in either walk-up or automated modes using our robot arms for general screening or plate preparation.

The facility provides assay development and screening services in both BL2 and BL2+ space, as well as consultation and training for researchers with specific needs or challenging problems

Structural Biology Core Facility

68-470

The Structural Biology Core Facility is open to the entire MIT community in structural biology and provides access to state-of-the-art equipment for X-ray crystallography.

X-Ray Diffraction Facility

2-325

The MIT X-ray diffraction facility offers single crystal X-ray data collection, structure solution and refinement of small molecule structures (< 350 non-hydrogen Atoms). This includes the determination of the absolute configuration of chiral molecules from anomalous scattering.

BioMicro Center

68-316

The BioMicro Center was founded as the core biofabrication and microarray processing facility at MIT, offering a wide range of genomic services to researchers. Majority of services rendered pertain to massively parallel sequencing using the Illumina platform, commercial array processing, real-time PCR, and informatics and computational support.

CBE Core Facilities

NE47, 3rd floor

Applied Biosystems 7900HT 384-well plate qPCR Facility; Biacore (Surface Plasmon Resonance) Facility; Cressington Quick Freeze-Deep Etch EM Prep Facility; Multiphoton Microscopy Facility; Alpha Innotech Gel Imaging Facility

Peterson (1957) Nanotechnology Materials Core Facility

76-037

The Peterson (1957) Nanotechnology Materials Core Facility provides a broad range of equipment and expertise to work with nanomaterials for the purposes of both characterization and imaging. Core imaging capabilities include a high performance field emission transmission electron microscope equipped for STEM, EELS, EDS and cryo-imaging, cryo-sample preparation, a freeze fracture system, and an atomic force microscope. Instrumentation for material characterization includes high throughput particle sizing, HPLC and dedicated nucleic acid HPLC, dynamic mechanical analysis, and rheometry.

Data Analysis and Data Management

Data Analysis and Data Management

Facility

Location

Description

The Barbara K. Ostrom (1978) Bioinformatics & Computing Facility

76-158; 68-317a

The Barbara K. Ostrom (1978) Bioinformatics & Computing Facility provides Koch Institute researchers with assistance and training in a wide range of bioinformatics related topics. Access is typically reserved for KI members. In some circumstances, access may be available to non-member MIT users. Examples include assistance with experimental design and subsequent analysis of next-generation sequencing and microarray experiments, genome annotation projects and other sequence and phylogenetic analysis applications. The Core also provides KI members with critical data backup as well as installation and maintenance of desktop hardware and a variety of software, including scientific applications.

Bioinformatics Resource Office

46-2303L

The Picower Institute's Bioinformatics Office has been developed to utilize high-performance computing clusters to support high throughput data analysis, with a particular focus on genomic and epigenomic data analysis to support bench biologists.

Data Management Services (DMS)

7-238

Data Management Services (DMS) provides the MIT research community with expertise on managing research data throughout the research data life-cycle. From working with researchers to develop data management plans, through advising on how to conduct effective data management during research execution, to providing recommendations on final data sharing and publication, as frequently required by funders and journals, DMS partners to increase the impact and effectiveness of data. DMS offers individual consultations, general workshops, and customized workshops on issues of data management. Contact DMS at data-management@mit.edu.

Fabrication

Fabrication

Facility

Location

Description

Central Machine Shop

38-001

The Central Machine Shop provides convenient, flexible and cost effective machine shop services to the MIT research community and acts as a clearing house for sending appropriate jobs to external shops. The Central Machine Shop personnel will work from a spectrum of rough sketches to machine drawings to create the machined product you require. Requests for shop services can be done either in person or from the Central Machine Shop webpage. Email can be sent directly to the Central Machine Shop atcmshop@mit.edu.

Digital Design and Fabrication Group

N51-328

The Design Fabrication Group is a center for education and research in areas of rapid prototyping and CAD/CAM fabrication for architects and designers. The group engages faculty, students and staff in research focused on the relationship between design computing and physical output used for design representation and reflection.

Lab For Engineering Materials (LEM)

The LEM includes a variety of prototyping and machining equipment available to DMSE for fabrication of experimental equipment, sample preparation, and general machining needs.

Laboratory For Advanced Materials (LAM)

8-102

The Laboratory for Advanced Materials (LAM) is in 8-102. It is a shared facility, designed for flexible use. Some lab subjects meet in the LAM.

Microsystems Technology Laboratories Facilities

39

The Microsystems Technology Laboratories microfabrication facilities include three cleanroom labs, which offer varying degrees of flexibility and cleanliness levels: Integrated Circuits Laboratory (ICL) -CMOS-compatible processes; Technology Research Laboratory (TRL)- CMOS-compatible plus opto-electronics, MEMS and other semiconductor processes; Exploratory Materials Laboratory (EML) - flexible processes on many materials; and Electron-beam Lithography facility (EBL) - enables writing patterns of arbitrary geometries with minimum features sizes as fine as 5 nm. MTL’s fabrication facilities are open to all MIT faculty and students, as well as users from other academic institutions.

MIT.nano

Building 12

MIT.nano is home to approximately 50,000-square-feet of Class 100/1000 cleanroom for the design, fabrication, and analysis of micro and nanoscale structures and devices. Our tools support a wide spectrum of nanofabrication processes including lithography, deposition, dry etching, diffusion, wet processing, and metrology. All of MIT.nano’s facilities are available to any trained researcher from across MIT, as well as external users from industry, academia, and government.

Scanning Electron Beam Lithography (SEBL) Facility

38-177

The scanning-electron-beam lithography (SEBL) facility enables the writing of patterns of arbitrary geometries with minimum features as fine as 17 nm.

Human Subjects Testing

Human Subjects Testing

Facility

Location

Description

Center for Clinical and Translational Research

E25-131,201

MIT Center for Clinical and Translational Research can accommodate the full range of human subject research. Research can measure numerous clinical standards of care using tools that include everything from wireless vital sign sensors to high-resolution ultrasound.

Imaging: Animal Modeling and Clinical Testing

Imaging: Animal Modeling and Clinical Testing

Facility

Location

Description

Animal Imaging & Preclinical Testing Core Facility

76-188

The Applied Therapeutics and Whole Animal Imaging Core Facility's primary goal is to support and encourage the translational efforts using refined mouse models of human cancers to test chemotherapeutic response and drug resistance, biosensors for tumor detection and monitoring, diagnostics assays, cancer vaccines, drug delivery systems, and tumor-targeted modalities. Also provides access to instrumentation for in vivo, whole animal imaging, including bioluminescence, fluorescence, ultrasound, and microCT tecnologies.

Imaging

Imaging

Facility

Location

Description

Electron Microscopy SEF

13-1012

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) allows the researcher to form images of thin slices or nano particles of samples at a resolution of down to 0.14 nm (lattice resolution). Crystal structure may be analyzed by means of electron diffraction, and chemical analysis, with a sensitivity (in ideal cases) of a few atoms and spatial resolution (again, in ideal cases) of about 0.5nm, may be performed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis or electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) analysis. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is a tool for visualizing the surface of solid samples, with a resolution (depending on the application) that can approach 1nm. Energy-dispersive X-ray analysis can be used to analyze volumes with dimensions of around 1 micron with a sensitivity of about 0.2wt%, while back-scattered electron imaging allows the visualization of regions of different composition. Crystallographic orientation and structure can be examined using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis, though sample preparation requirements for this technique are very stringent and limit the number of samples that can be studied in this way.

Martinos Imaging Center

46-1171

The Martinos Imaging Center is a core facility that provides access to state-of-the-art brain imaging technologies for MIT researchers and their collaborators, including human MRI, small-animal MRI, EEG and MEG. Major research themes at the center include: brain mechanisms of perception, memory, emotion, executive function and social cognition; developmental studies of children; and translational studies on the neural basis of many different psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Microscopy Core Facility

76-281

The Microscopy Core Facility provides experimental consultation, fee-for-service imaging assistance, and training in and access to several imaging platforms, image acquisition equipment and data analysis software packages. Services include light and epifluorescence microscopy, deconvolution-based microscopy, spinning disk confocal microscopy, total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, spectral karyotyping and fluorescent in situ hybridization, laser capture microdissection, and standard transmission electron and immunoelectron microscopy.

MIT.nano Characterization Facility

Building 12 lower level

MIT.nano’s 11,000-square-foot characterization space features twelve imaging suites that house an array of highly sensitive microscopes and other instrumentation to support dimensional science of surfaces and interfaces, advanced imaging spectroscopy (ambient, Cryo, and in-situ), and nanoscale analysis. All of MIT.nano’s facilities, including Characterization.nano, are available to any trained researcher from across MIT, as well as external users from industry, academia, and government.

W.M. Keck Microscopy Facility

Whitehead Institute, Room 447

Provides state of the art instrumentation and technical expertise to generate and interpret microscopic images; assists investigators in applying sophisticated microscopy techniques to their research; and trains researchers in microscopy techniques and methodology.

Instrument Repair

Instrument Repair

Facility

Location

Description

Laboratory Instruments and Electronics Service

4-069

Provides diagnosis, repair, modification, consultation, and education of laboratory equipment and electronic instrumentation in departmental laboratories. Also provides access to analytical instruments. It is a resource specific to members of the Department of Chemistry.

Materials Production and Analysis

Materials Production and Analysis

Facility

Location

Description

Ceramics Processing Research Laboratory

12-011

The CPRL is a central facility with a wide range of analytical and ceramics processing equipment. Provides services for members of the MIT community and outside users. The CPRL is also home to Michael Cima's research group. Currently investigating a number of interesting research areas, including advanced drug delivery techniques and high temperature superconductivity.

ISN Facility Service Center

NE47-4F

Founded in 2002, the ISN is a result of the Army’s vision to explore the potential power of nanotechnology to enable unprecedented advances in capabilities for Soldier protection and survivability. To capitalize on this opportunity, the Army decided to create the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies as a university center for basic research on nanotechnology. ISN equipment and facilities are available as resources to members of the MIT community.

Laboratory for Physical Metallurgy (Metlab)

4-421, 13-5016, 8-241, 8-102

The Laboratory for Physical Metallurgy (or Metlab for short) is a shared facility in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The facility includes a polishing laboratory for sample preparation and metallography, a heat treatment lab with furnaces and powder processing equipment, and a mechanical testing lab for uniaxial tension/compression and bending tests. The Metlab also contains hardness testing equipment in the Laboratory for Advanced Materials (LAM).

Materials Analysis SEF (Surface, Thermal, and Optical)

13-4111, 4137, 4139, and 4151

Analytical techniques available include Auger spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation, Thermal Analysis techniques and Profilometry. A wide array of spectroscopy techniques, including UV-visible-near IR spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy.

Materials Research Laboratory X-ray Diffraction Shared Experimental Facility

13-4027 and 13-4041

The X-Ray Diffraction SEF contains a suite of X-ray instruments for analysis of polycrystalline samples, coatings, epitaxial thin films, nanostructured samples, polymers, and single crystals. The assortment of equipment has been selected to provide flexibility so that we can accommodate a wide variety of demanding research. Analytical techniques include XRPD, XRR, HRXRD, SAXS, XRF and Laue diffraction.

MIT.nano Characterization Facility

Building 12 lower level

MIT.nano’s 11,000-square-foot characterization space features twelve imaging suites that house an array of highly sensitive microscopes and other instrumentation to support dimensional science of surfaces and interfaces, advanced imaging spectroscopy (ambient, Cryo, and in-situ), and nanoscale analysis. All of MIT.nano’s facilities, including Characterization.nano, are available to any trained researcher from across MIT, as well as external users from industry, academia, and government.

Nanomechanical Technology Facility

8-114

A state-of-the-art laboratory in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT for probing the properties and surfaces of engineering and biological materials at atomic and molecular length scales through mechanical contact.

Peterson (1957) Nanotechnology Materials Core Facility

76-037

The Peterson (1957) Nanotechnology Materials Core Facility provides a broad range of equipment and expertise to work with nanomaterials for the purposes of both characterization and imaging. Core imaging capabilities include a high performance field emission transmission electron microscope equipped for STEM, EELS, EDS and cryo-imaging, cryo-sample preparation, a freeze fracture system, and an atomic force microscope. Instrumentation for material characterization includes high throughput particle sizing, HPLC and dedicated nucleic acid HPLC, dynamic mechanical analysis, and rheometry.

Thin Films Labs

8-140

Nocera Pulsed laser deposition system operating with a 248 nm wavelength excimer laser.

Technology R&D

Technology R&D

Facility

Location

Description

Gas Turbine Laboratory

31-264

Research at the GTL is focused on advanced propulsion systems and turbomachinery with activities in computational, theoretical, and experimental study of: (1) loss mechanisms and unsteady flows in turbomachines, (2) compression system stability and active control, (3) heat transfer in turbine blading, (4) gas turbine engine noise reduction and aero-acoustics, (5) pollutant emissions and community noise, and (6) MEMS-based high-power-density engines.

Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel 

17

MIT's Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel's primary use is for student projects, research and instruction, however it is also available for commercial research and development.

In addition to the usual force and moment balance system, this 7 X 10-foot elliptical cross-section wind tunnel has the necessary auxiliary equipment for inlet and diffuser testing, gust generation, and production of thick boundary layers to model the earth's boundary layer.

Marine Hydrodynamics Water Tunnel

3-269

This lab is dedicated to the study of all aspects of marine hydrodynamics. The main facility is a variable pressure recirculating water tunnel that is capable of speeds up to 10 m/s. Experiments with conventional and novel propulsion devices, drag reduction using MHD (magneto-hydrodynamics), flow control by unsteady swimming motion and flapping foils, offshore cylinder testing and vortex-induced-vibrations are performed using state of the art measurement techniques and instrumentation.

Ocean Engineering Testing Tank

48-015

The MIT Towing Tank is an experimental hydrodynamics testing facility consisting of a 100 ft x 8 ft x 4 ft testing tank with a functional wave maker and beach, and an 8 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft flow visualization tank. The 100 ft long tank was originally used for ship model resistance testing, although it has been refitted to accomodate experiments associated with the study of biomimetics in marine creatures and vortex-induced vibrations, while maintaining the original model testing capabilities. The smaller visualization tank, consisting of a three axis motor system, and outfitted with a high-speed particle image velocimetry (PIV) system, is used primarily for the quantitative visualization of fluid flows.

Space Propulsion Laboratory

37-462

The Space Propulsion Laboratory (SPL) houses experimental facilities to support research and educational programs for MIT students. SPL provides the infrastructure to support the Space Propulsion graduate field in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. A significant fraction of SPL's research is focused on the development and modeling of space thrusters.

Space Systems Laboratory

37-315

The SSL encompasses expertise in structural dynamics, attitude determination and control, avionics, communications, optical and RF payloads, systems engineering, and integrated modeling and simulation. These competencies are applied to the development of on-orbit test beds and small satellites with partners from across academia, industry, and government. The laboratory has various in-house facilities for the design, fabrication, integration, and test of flight hardware.

Synthetic Biology Center

NE47-223

The mission of the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT is to develop and advance the engineering discipline for this emerging field, so that construction of novel biological systems can become a practical and useful engineering discipline.