Facilities & Equipment

As a user facility, CEB personnel are dedicated to providing service and training to the UT research community.

We provide access to a large inventory of basic equipment essential to successful research, including centrifuges, incubators, ovens, fume hoods, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, microscopes, distilled and reverse osmosis water supplies, ice, pH meters, -80°C storage, liquid nitrogen storage, spectrophotometers, and PCR thermal cyclers. Specialized equipment that supports our bioimaging, high-throughput DNA sequencing, and zebrafish facilities is also available for your use. Please contact us for equipment availability and training information. 

Genomics Core Facility

Next-generation sequencing, high-throughput  sequencing services are provided to on-campus and off-campus researchers. Sequencing is performed using the Illumina MiSeq and NovaSeq, as well as the  Oxford Nanopore MinION instruments. Sanger sequencing – short read Sanger sequencing is performed on an Applied Biosystems 3730 Genetic Analyzer, a 48 capillary electrophoresis instrument for DNA sequencing or DNA fragment analysis.

Bioimaging Core Facility

The Bioimaging Core Facility provides cutting-edge microscopic/macroscopic imaging and flow cytometry/cell sorting instrumentation to the university community to enable superior research and quality result outcomes.

Bioimaging Core Services

UTIA Computational Consulting

Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC)

The Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC) mission is to support researchers in analyzing sequence data by providing bioinformatics expertise and access to state-of-the-art computational resources. The BRC aims to serve as a bioinformatics hub for the UTK campus, where ideas can be shared and developed collaboratively.

Zebrafish Research Facility

The CEB maintains a zebrafish (Danio rerio) colony and provides zebrafish to UT researchers under appropriate animal use IACUC protocols.  Microinjection equipment for the insertion of nucleic acid into zebrafish embryos is also available. 

Zebrafish Services

Equipment Inventory

Alpha Innotek Gel Documentation System

Beckman Coulter Z1 Culture Counter with Accucomp Software

Beckman DU 640B Spectrophotometer

BioRad C1000 Thermal Cycler

Bio-Rad CFX Connect Quantitative PCR System

BioTek Synergy2 Multilabel Reader with Microplate Stacker

BTX Electroporator

Bulldog Bio PCR Thermal Cycler

Coy Anaerobic Chamber

Drying oven DX-31

Eppendorf epMotion 5075

EVOS M5000 microscope imaging system

Field Portable Incubator

Fisher Isotemp Rotisserie Incubator

Hewlett Packard 5890 Gas Chromatograph with ECD and FID

Hewlett Packard 5973 Mass Spectrometer with HP 6890 Gas Chromatograph

Illumina MiSeq

Labconco Freezone Lyophilizer

Labline Fermentors

Life Technologies’ Neon Transfection System

MARS (Microwave Accelerated Reaction System)


Microtox Assay System

MinION DNA/RNA sequencing system

MJ Research PTC-2000 Peltier Thermal Cycler

MP Biomedicals FastPrep 24

Muffle Furnace, Thermolyne Type 6000

Nanodrop 1000

Nanodrop 3300

New Brunswick Fermentor Controller with 3L Vessel

Nikon Eclipse TE300 fluorescent microscope with a 1.4 MP Peltier cooled CCD camera

PerkinElmer IVIS Lumina K w/XGI-8 Anesthesia System

PerkinElmer Victor 2 Multilabel Reader

PerkinElmer Victor 3 Multilabel Reader

Purifier Class II Biosafety Cabinets

Qiagen Tissuelyzer II

Scepter 2.0 Handheld Automated Cell Counter

Shimadzu GC(TCD): Model GC-8A Packard Gas Proportional Counter

Shimadzu TOC – LCSH carbon analyzer

Spectrolinker UV Crosslinker

Sutter Vertical Micropipette Puller

ThermoFisher KingFisher Flex Sample Purification System

Thermo Scientific Sorvall Legend XTR Refrigerated Centrifuge

ThermoScientific Varioskan Lux multimode microplate reader with atmospheric control

Tritech Research Microinjector

Zeiss Microscope with Epi-fluorescence Attachment

Zylux FB14 Luminometer

Basic Supplies & Needs

Please contact cebweb@utk.edu for more information
  • Ice
  • Dry ice
  • Liquid nitrogen
  • Dewars to transport liquid nitrogen
  • Distilled/deionized water
  • Autoclave access
  • Cold temperature (-80°C and liquid nitrogen) short-term storage
  • Lyophilization
  • Shaking incubators, floor-standing, capable of accommodating nearly any size flask
  • Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1) and Level 2 (BSL2) laboratory space
  • Biosafety cabinet access
  • Fume hood access