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The Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) has seven Affiliated Centers and Laboratories on campus to provide faculty, students, and industrial partners with resources for conducting interdiciplinary research; and to provide a contact point for members of the public sector looking for partnerships with the University of Minnesota.

IEM also works as a gateway into the University of Minnesota. We understand it is difficult to navigate through the University's 18,000 employees to find the right one who can answer your questions. As a service, we have listed several other University Resources here, along with brief descriptions of the services/facilities provided. This list is not exhaustive of the thousands of resources available at the University. If you have any medical or engineering needs that are not represented here, please contact us for additional assistance.


  • Affiliated Centers
  • University Resources

3D Printing Core

Director - Will Durfee

The 3D Printing Core is an interdisciplinary resource within the Institute for Engineering in Medicine that aims to bring the benefits of additive manufacturing and three-dimensional medical modeling to the University of Minnesota clinical community. The 3DP Core specializes in the use of segmentation, digital design, and additive manufacturing to provide 3D-printed renderings of medical scans to University of Minnesota clinicians.

Biopreservation Core Resource

Biopreservation Core Resource (BioCoR)

Director - Allison Hubel

BioCoR is a centralized resource for preservation protocol development, advancing preservation science through cutting-edge research, and educating individuals in the best practices for biospecimen preservation.


Cancer Animal Core

Director - John Bischof

The Cancer Animal Core Lab supports biomedical engineering cancer researchers and local industry by providing basic care to study animals, developing and maintaining cancer cell lines, inducing and monitoring tumors, preparing animals for testing, maintaining data sets, and ensuring compliance with IACUC. The lab supports both small experiments meant to generate preliminary results and long-term studies involving a large numbers of animals.

Center for Neuroengineering

Center for Neuroengineering

Director - Tay Netoff

The Center for Neuroengineering promotes interdisciplinary research and graduate training in the field of neuroengineering, bridging engineering and basic and clinical neurosciences. A particular strength of the Center is in Systems Neuroengineering including neural decoding, sensing, imaging, interfacing and modulation.

Medical Devices Center

Medical Devices Center

Director - Art Erdman

The Medical Devices Center strengthens interdisciplinary medical device research among faculty in the health sciences and engineering specialties, and promotes collaborations between University faculty and medical device industry. A virtual prototyping based approach is actively being developed to speed up the medical device design and implementation.

Visible Heart Lab

Tissue Mechanics Laboratory (TML)

Director - Bob Tranquillo

The mission of the Tissue Mechanics Laboratory is to provide specialized instruments and methods to characterize the mechanical properties of soft biological materials, provide quantitative loads to living tissues, foster research in these areas, and provide a resource for the University community and industrial partners.

Visible Heart Lab

Visible Heart Lab

Director - Paul Iaizzo

The Visible Heart Lab is the premiere place to perform translational systems physiology research which ranges from cellular and tissue studies to organ and whole body investigations.

Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR)
CMRR is an interdepartmental and interdiciplinary research laboratory providing state-of-the-art instrumentation, expertise, and infrastructure to carry out biomedical research utilizing the unique capabilities provided by high field MRI and MRS methodology. The central aim of the research conducted in CMRR is to non-invasively obtain functional, physiological, and biochemical information in intact biological systems, and use this capability to probe biological processes in health and disease.

Center for Nanostructure Applications (CNA)
The Center for Nanostructure Applications is a focal point for nanotechnology at the University of Minnesota. Through CNA you will be able to find information about faculty engaged in University of Minnesota-specific information such as nano-related research and workshops, as well as announcements on nano related news, calls for proposals, conferences, and other regional and national events.

Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN)
C-SPIN is a multi-university research center that will bring together top researchers from across the nation to develop technologies for spin-based computing and memory systems. Unlike today's computers, which function on the basis of electrical charges moving across wires, the emerging spin-based computing systems will process and store information through spin, a fundamental property of electrons. Spin-based logic and memory have the potential to create computers that are smaller, faster and more energy-efficient than conventional charge-based systems. Research conducted by C-SPIN will also have an impact beyond the world of computer science through advances in materials science, chemistry, circuit design, nanotechnology, and many other fields.

Characterization Facility (CharFac)
A multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research spanning from nanotechnology to biology and medicine, CharFac's analytical capabilities include: microscopy via electron beams, force probes and visible light; elemental and chemical imaging including depth profiling; elemental, chemical and mass spectroscopy; atomic and molecular structure analysis via X-ray, ion or electron scattering; nanomechanical and nanotribological probes; and other tools for surface and thin-film metrology.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
The CTSI offers researchers infrastructure and support to perform clinical and translational research. This includes training and assistance on topics including: obtaining grants, clinical trial design, biostatistics and regulatory support.

Digital Technology Center
DTC is a hub of innovation and excellence at the University of Minnesota in the digital technologies serving the industrial, educational, and public needs of the state of Minnesota and the nation. The DTC integrates research, education, and outreach in digital design, computer graphics and visualization, telecommunications, intelligent data storage and retrieval systems, distributed robotics, safety, security, and rescue, multimedia, datamining, scientific computation, wireless communications, advanced storage technologies, and other digital technologies.

Experimental Surgical Services
Experimental Surgical Services provides expertise in designing and conducting the appropriate research to determine the safety and efficacy of medical devices, and to determine if they are ready for regulatory submission.

High-Throughput Biological Analysis Facility
The High-Throughput Biological Analysis Facility provides advanced lab automation and software tools for chemical biology and a wide range of other applications to academic users as well as scientists from industry.  Our primary competencies are high-throughput screening, automated colony picking, and macro-arraying. However, the tools are very flexible and we strongly believe that non-traditional users may in fact benefit the most from adapting this equipment for their purposes.

High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
The Structural Biology NMR Resource is a user facility whose goal is to make state-of-the-art instrumental resources available to researchers, providing a venue for them to pursue their projects and develop their experience in NMR methods. The facility is a resource of the University of Minnesota Medical School under the Department of Biochemistry Microbiology and Biophysics (BMBB). Available instruments include four Varian Inova NMR spectrometers at field strengths of 800 MHz (cold probe), 600 MHz (2) and 500 MHz with triple-axis gradients, a Bruker Avance 700 MHz NMR spectrometer with cryoprobe, and a full range of probes. Also housed in the facility are two high field Varian solid-state NMR spectrometers (600 MHz and 700 MHz).

Lillehei Heart Institute
The Institute brings together faculty and students committed to cardiovascular scholarship, facilitating their interaction and allowing them to share core University resources. Financial support from the Institute provides the margin of excellence that enhances our competitiveness in the global effort to cure heart and vascular diseases.

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Advanced Computational Research
The Supercomputing Institute currently provides supercomputing resource allocations and technical support for the Sun Fire X4600 Linux cluster (Elmo), the BladeCenter Linux Cluster (Blade), the SGI Altix XE 1300 Linux Cluster (Calhoun), and the HP Linux Cluster (Itasca)

St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL)
A premier fluid mechanics laboratory, SAFL is the world's only lab of its kind that uses a natural waterfall as its prime water source. For more than 70 years, researchers worldwide have visited its unique Mississippi River location to conduct interdisciplinary fluid mechanics research in developing science-based, sustainable, and practical solutions to problems related to the environment, renewable energy, and health.

Tissue Mechanics Lab
The mission of the Tissue Mechanics Laboratory is to provide specialized instruments and methods to characterize the mechanical properties of soft biological materials, provide quantitative loads to living tissues, foster research in these areas, and provide a resource for the University community and industrial partners.