Biomedical Research Core Facilities

The Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) are part of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research. We enable cutting-edge research by helping researchers economically and efficiently take advantage of the latest technology and collaborate with top experts in the field.

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We continually evaluate the technology and service needs of researchers, coordinate applications for grants to purchase equipment, and offer comprehensive training for investigators.  And many of our Cores offer their services to other research institutions and the private sector.  The BRCF are among the top enablers in the Medical School's Strategic Research Initiative. Together, we work to facilitate the infrastructure improvements that benefit the entire research enterprise and leverage resources to support investigator-driven science. To learn more about recent strategic investments made into the Cores, visit the investments page.

Serving the entire University of Michigan research enterprise, the BRCF aims to provide our customers with economical, efficient services of the highest quality with the ultimate goal of positively impacting human health.

To learn more about the Biomedical Research Core Facilities, download the BRCF Overview Flyer.


BRCF Launches MiCores: a New Online Core Management System

The Biomedical Research Core Facilities are moving ahead with MiCores, an online system from iLab Solutions designed to streamline the process of ordering and billing for core service requests. We're excited to offer this as a resource to our customers, and all core users are invited to use the system. The Biomedical Research Core Facilities will be launching MiCores in three waves, starting with the Bioinformatics Core, Flow Cytometry Core, Metabolomics Core and Sample Preservation Freezer Farm Facility (launched September 2013).

All Wave One Core users are invited to use the system, which you can access using your Uniqname and level-1/ Kerberos password. Once you complete the one-time registration process and are approved by your PI or Lab Manager, the system will enable you to place service requests, provide required approvals, and monitor progress.

Set up an account at If you have any questions, please contact or visit the MiCores Help Wiki.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Kahn Auditorium, BSRB

This FREE half-day workshop will help attendees learn practical and conceptual processes of developing renewal and resubmission NIH grant applications, and re-examine how proposals are reviewed at NIH. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Research Auditorium, Bldg 10, NCRC

Part of the NCRC EXPO and hosted by the Medical School Office of Research, this seminar will feature recent success stories from ULAM's early, translational research service: the In-Vivo Animal Core (IVAC). Come and discover the many ways that ULAM supports your research from concept to conclusion with specialized veterinary, husbandry, and research services. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Research Auditorium, Bldg 10, NCRC

Part of the NCRC EXPO and hosted by the Medical School Office of Research, this seminar will feature a case study of the work of Dr. Matthias Kretzler. It's your chance to learn more about the Central Biorepository, which provides an accredited, standardized, safe, and monitored environment for the processing, storage, and distribution of biospecimens.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Research Auditorium, Building 10, NCRC

Part of the NCRC EXPO and hosted by the Medical School Office of Research, this seminar will feature James Cavalcoli, Ph.D., Director, Bioinformatics Core, and Robert Lyons, Ph.D., Director, DNA Sequencing Core.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Research Auditorium, Bldg 10, NCRC

Part of the NCRC Expo and hosted by the Medical School Office of Research, this seminar will showcase the clinical research activities of Dr. Peter Higgins, which are supported in part through data provided by the Honest Broker Office (HBO).

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center

Join Senior Associate Dean for Research Steven Kunkel as he reflects on the year's accomplishments, and discusses plans for the future transformation the U-M's clinical trial enterprise.

Monday, November 10, 2014
7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Seminar Rooms A & B, Biomedical Science Research Building

Learn how to develop a persuasive grant proposal that is responsive to sponsor priorities.

Monday, November 10, 2014 to Friday, November 21, 2014
8:30 am to 2:00 pm

The class will take place in Room 2578 MSRB II.
Morning Sessions Begin at 8:30 a.m.
Afternoon Sessions Begin at 2:00 p.m.

Join the Transgenic Animal Model Core to learn how to perform every method that the Core uses to manipulate genes in ES cells for the production of gene-targeted mice.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

#4515, BSRB

Campus innovators are creating new technologies, yet many struggle to present their ideas in a way that compels potential funders to collaborate. Hosted by the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team, this workshop will help you navigate around the five most common mistakes on the path to technology commercialization.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center

Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team as they welcome Uday Kumar, M.D. from Stanford Biodesign and Third Rock Ventures, a ground-breaking cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist taking innovation to the world stage through biodesign. Box lunch provided.