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Core Analysis Facilities

Key Figures

2nd
largest spectrometer in Ohio
tied with The Ohio State University

1100 square meters
physical space available in Miami's huge immersive virtual environment (HIVE)

$16.6M
university investment in analysis infrastructure

2nd
highest number of science degrees awarded in Ohio
bachelor's degrees, FY2004-2013

$2.3M
in industry partnerships
FY2016

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Miami’s Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics (CBFG) has an Illumina MiSeq next generation sequencer, two Applied Biosystems capillary DNA sequencers, a BiomekFX robotic liquid handling system, two Beckman flow cell analyzers, real-time PCR thermocyclers, FPLC, an Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, an ND3300 fluorospectrphotometer, a Covaris M220 Ultrasonicator, Sage PippinPrep, a Multimode FiltreMax F5 plate reader, and four high-end computer workstations equipped with commercial and open-source software for bioinformatics analyses.

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.

Geospatial Analysis

Through the Geospatial Analysis Center, Miami students and faculty have access to GIS data and more than 20 high-end computers running the most current GIS and Remote Sensing Software. Center faculty also consult externally on geospatial data and analyses.

Microscopy

In addition to basic visible and fluorescence microscopy equipment, Miami´s Center for Advanced Microscopy and Imaging (CAMI) has SEM, TEM, and STEM equipment including x-ray elemental and phase analysis, laser scanning confocal microscopes, and wide-field multimode light microscopes. CAMI also has equipment for producing micrometer dissections and equipment for analyzing and printing high-resolution images.

Microspectroscopy

Miami’s Molecular Microspectroscopy Laboratory (MML) provides researchers with state-of-the-art infrared, fluorescence, 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 to meet partners’ needs.

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

We provide researchers both within and from outside Miami 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. In addition, we have MS instruments from MALDI, ICP, and ESI.

Statistical and Research Computing Support

The Statistical Consulting Center provides consultation on all aspects of data collection, analysis, and interpretation, including experimental design and structural equation analysis and modeling. The Research Computing Support Group also offers guidance on analysis and interpretation of results and additionally assists with custom mobile and desktop programming. Our high performance computing cluster contains 90 dual quad-core compute nodes with 64-bit Intel processors and 24GB-128GB memory per node. 

Virtual Reality (VR) and User Experience (UX) Testing

The Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) at Miami University facilitates development of live action 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, and 3-D and VR cameras. AIMS also uses industry-leading Tobii eye-trackers to facilitate UX studies.

Data Science and Analytics

The Center for Analytics and Data Science (CADS) is a joint initiative of the Farmer School of Business, the College of Arts and Science, and the College of Engineering and Computing. CADS brings together experts from information systems and analytics, statistics, computer science and software engineering, marketing, and accounting in an innovative research environment. The mission of CADS is to promote industry partnerships, provide experiential learning opportunities, and foster interdisciplinary research and teaching in analytics and data science.