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Bioscience Capabilities

Key Figures

2
Ohio Eminent Scholars
in bioscience fields

9
bioscience patents
U.S., international, or provisional

3
Ohio Centers of Excellence
Center for Structural Biology and Metabonomics, Scripps Gerontology Center, Institute for Entrepreneurship

60%
medical school acceptance rate
for Miami students, 2011-2014

$2.3M
in industry partnerships
FY2016

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Mass Spectroscopy (MS)

We provide researchers both at Miami and abroad with access to state-of-the-art equipment, including one Varian and six Bruker NMR spectrometers ranging from 200 MHz to 850 MHz. Miami’s Bruker US2 850 MHz spectrometer is one of the largest in the country and unique within Ohio. In addition, we have MS instruments from MALDI, ICP, and ESI.

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)

Miami is home to the Ohio Advanced EPR Laboratory, the most advanced EPR facility in the state. It boasts a state-of-the-art Bruker ELEXSYS E580 spectrometer, capable of both pulse and continuous wave (CW) EPR.

Microspectroscopy

Miami’s Molecular Microspectroscopy Laboratory (MML) provides researchers with state-of-the-art infrared, Raman, and optical microspectroscopy to identify contaminants and characterize materials. Equipment includes a Perkin Elmer Spotlight 300 Infrared Imaging Microscope and a Renishaw In-Via Raman Microscope. MML staff will also modify existing systems or design new systems with in-house components to meet partners’ needs.

Microscopy

In addition to SEM and TEM equipment, Miami’s Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging (CAMI) has laser scanning confocal microscopes and a wide-field multimode light microscope. CAMI also has equipment capable of producing micrometer dissections.

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Miami’s Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics (CBFG) is a hands-on, full-service training facility serving faculty investigators as well as graduate and undergraduate students. The CBFG has a 64-channel sequencer and high-end computer workstations for genome assembly and bioinformatics analysis.

Tissue Culture

Our dedicated tissue culture facility has Forma Scientific and NuAire laminar flow tissue culture hoods, double-chamber NuAire water-jacketed CO2 incubators, and a Hund/Wetzlar Wilovert inverted microscope. In addition it is equipped with freezers (-20 °C), refrigerators, water baths, bench-top centrifuges, and liquid N2 cell storage vessels.

Additive Manufacturing for Biomedical Engineering

Miami’s College of Engineering and Computing and the Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology Library offer 3-D printing, scanning, and modeling. A Fab@Home Model 3 Research Platform extrusion printer is outfitted with custom hardware and software modifications to support 3-D printing of dual-component interpenetrating network hydrogel materials with tunable mechanical properties. An Envisiontec 3-D Bioplotter rapid prototyping tool processes a variety of biomaterials in the field of computer-aided tissue engineering.

Virtual Reality and User Experience Testing

The Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) at Miami University facilitates development of live action virtual reality (VR) or VR games and animations that can be used for research or training. Equipment includes a three-walled/floor immersive VR environment, a Z-Space VR table offering manipulable “float in front of you” 3-D content, Samsung Gear and Occulus Rift VR headsets, a double telepresence robot, a Google Project Tango tablet, and 3-D and VR cameras. AIMS also uses industry-leading Tobii eye-trackers to facilitate user experience studies.