Core Facilities

The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences houses three core facilities that offer a multitude of resources to both the UMBC community, as well as outside clientele.

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The Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility (KPIF) provides shared microscopy resources for biological and materials science research. Equipment and services are available to all faculty and staff at UMBC and the surrounding academic and industrial communities. The facility houses approximately a dozen instruments including confocal, TEM, SEM, and AFM, which are located in the Biological Sciences, Physics, and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences buildings. KPIF staff support all aspects of imaging, including sample preparation, instrument operation, and image processing. For more information, please visit or contact Tagide deCarvalho, Ph.D at



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The MCAC is dedicated to developing cutting edge analytical techniques in order to solve modern problems while providing a stimulating learning environment and exposure to research for both undergraduate and graduate students. Open to universities and all other facilities in need of analytical techniques, the lab strives to be an environment of peer mentoring, professional team building, and a place to develop critical thinking skills by fusing academic research with both teaching and industry. The MCAC houses approximately 20 different instruments with a variety of capabilities including chromatography, mass spectrometry, NMR, and spectroscopy.

For more information on the MCAC please visit or contact Cynthia Tope Niedermaier at




Research Graphics offers a variety of design and creative services to the UMBC research community. These services include but are not limited to: specimen photography, video, animation, graphic design, scientific illustration, professional portraits, poster printing, image processing, and web design.

For more information on Research Graphics please visit or contact Melissa Penley Cormier at