Research Support Units:
The Research Informatics Core (RIC) at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) provides advanced computing and statistical expertise to support the analytic activities related to genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, metagenomics, metabolomics, and proteomics for the UIC and Chicago-area research community, as well as supporting and coordinating inter-disciplinary research initiatives. RIC aids researchers with the management, integration, and contextual analysis of data, provides training on tools, databases, and best practices, and supports grant activities.
The Scientific Computing Core provides solutions to research problems and scientific endeavors that require advanced computing tools. Our staff has experience with a variety of computing architectures, commercial/open-source software and programming languages.
The Scientific Instrument Shop (SIS) is staffed by instrument Makers, laboratory Mechanics, Biomedical Electronics Engineers and Biomedical Electronics Technicians who construct and repair all types of mechanical and electronic/electrical equipment for the research, teaching and clinical requirements of faculty, staff, students and other RRC services.
We carry a wide variety of items for the research lab, ranging from molecular biology reagents to office supplies. If we do not stock an item, we will be happy to place a special order request with our regular weekly orders from our vendors.
UI Health Biorepository
The biorepository acquires, stores, catalogues, processes, analyzes, and provides tissue or other biological samples for investigators at UIC. It was established in 2012 as a resource in the UI Health system in collaboration with the RRC to augment clinical and translational research and improve the treatment and health of individuals from Chicago, Illinois, and beyond. The facility manages a centralized, secure, and 24/7-monitored freezer farm for biological storage, a centralized lab facility for processing and analysis, and the acquisition of biospecimens through PI-initiated studies. Any biospecimens remaining after analysis from PI-initiated studies can then be used for any unspecified future use, if approved by a research oversight board. An Honest Broker is on staff to help with control and access of patient information.