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Core laboratory resource sharing agreement between Virginia research institutions

Seven academic research institutions in Virginia have signed a memorandum of understanding to share core facilities and resources in an effort to advance the research enterprise in the commonwealth. The vice presidents for research from the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and College of William & Mary, working together with Virginia Catalyst, have achieved a breakthrough in collaborations that will greatly increase Virginia's competitiveness nationally and globally. It will do so by increasing the accessibility for investigators affiliated with one institution to major resources at partner institutions. The main means by which this will be accomplished is by reciprocal offer of internal rates at certain institutional core laboratories. 

Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement

We also have an agreement with Christopher Newport University.

The affected resources are as follows:

Virginia Commonwealth University


Bryan Rowland
Manager of research infrastructure
(804) 828-9862

University of Virginia


Jay W. Fox, Ph.D.
Professor of microbiology, immunology and cancer biology
Director of shared resources 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • VTCRI Fluorescence Assisted Cell Sorting Core Facility
  • VTCRI Super Resolution Core Microscopy Facility
  • VTCRI Animal behavioral core
  • VTCRI Optical imaging core
  • VTCRI Core Human Neuroimaging Lab
  • VTCRI Cryo-electron microscopy facility

Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement for full descriptions and contact information for Virginia Tech resources.

Eastern Virginia Medical School


William J. Wasilenko, Ph.D.
(757) 466-8480 

George Mason University

  • Animal Care and Use Facilities
  • Research Computing
  • Microscopy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine
    • Molecular Characterization Laboratory
    • Tissue Processing and Imaging Laboratory
    • Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
    • Nanofabrication Laboratory
    • CAP/CLIA Clinical Proteomics Laboratory
  • Metabolomics Laboratory
  • Microbiome Analysis Center
  • Small Molecule, Peptide, and Protein Engineering Spectroscopy Laboratory
    • NMR Laboratory
    • Spectroscopy Laboratory


Michael Laskofski
Associate vice president of research operations
George Mason University
Office of Sponsored Programs
(703) 993-4573

Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement for full descriptions and contact information for GMU resources. 

Old Dominion University


Karen Eck, Ph.D.
Assistant vice president for research
Office of Research
Old Dominion University
(757) 683-3707

Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement for full descriptions and contact information for ODU resources.

College of William & Mary

  • Bioengineering Core Lab 
  • Cellular and Cytometry
  • Cellular Analytical Core
  • Imaging laboratories hard matter - non-ionizing methods
  • Biomaterial imaging Core
  • Imaging Laboratories soft matter - ionizing methods
  • Live-cell, in vitro, and in vivo multi-photon neuroscience neuroimaging lab
  • Laser-scanning confocal (fixed tissue) imaging core lab
  • Surface characterization core lab
  • Magnetic studies Core - 17.6T solid state NMR, Squid magnetometry, liquid NMR
  • Living Human subjects neurophysiology Lab
  • Marine Biology Seawater Lab 1
  • Marine seawater lab 2
  • Marine cytometry center core
  • Marine research vessel core operations


Christopher A. Del Negro, Ph.D., director
Professor of applied science, coordinator core resources
(757) 221-7808

Eric L. Bradley, Ph.D., deputy director
Professor of biology, science precinct coordinator and EMT liaison
(757) 221-2220

Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement for full descriptions and contact information for W&M resources. 

Christopher Newport University

  • Spectroscopy Instrumentation Cluster
  • Chromatography Instrumentation Cluster
  • Combination Instrumentation Cluster
  • Miscellaneous Instrumentation Cluster
  • Neuroscience Equipment


Geoffrey Klein, Ph.D.
Vice Provost
(757) 594-7477

Please refer to the Shared Resources Memorandum of Agreement - CNU for full descriptions and contact information for CNU resources. 

Access guidelines

  • Guidelines are described in full in the memorandum of understanding.
  • Fees charged to an institution by the partnership shall equal the fees charged to the investigators at their own institution.
  • Investigators who want to use a shared resource at the partner institution must first speak with the appropriate shared resource director at the partner institution to confirm availability of access and learn of any specific policies governing access. Once this is done, the point of contact at both institutions should be notified that samples and/or data will be sent and to arrange for billing information to be provided.  
  • Each institution shall give priority for use of shared resources to investigators at their home institution, and cross institutional use is on an "as available" basis.

** In special recognition of the frequently irreplaceable nature of samples housed within a shared resource primarily concerned with acquisition and distribution of clinical tissue samples (i.e., a biorepository), access to samples from the VCU Tissue and Data Acquisition and Analysis Core and the UVA Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility will require a determination by the respective scientific director that granting access will not disruptively impact the potential future needs of investigators at the home institution.