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Coronavirus Update

Effective 5:00 PM March 25, 2020 UTSA research core facilities will begin operating under Secure Operation.

This includes:

  • Limiting occupancy of core lab space to one person at a time
  • Requiring approval for non-critical core staff to enter or occupy core lab space
  • Halting processing of all non-essential experiments and limiting intake of experiments

Please reach out to core facility managers directly for changes to their operation. If you have general questions related to COVID-19 and research core facilities, please contact Desiree Porter.


About UTSA Research Enterprise

UTSA is on the fast track to becoming a nationally-recognized research university, well on its way to attaining National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility and aiming for an R1 designation by the Carnegie Commission. These designations will position UTSA to align with members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. UTSA is an urban-serving university focused on driving San Antonio’s knowledge economy, living out the notion that great universities need great cities and great cities need great universities.

The Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise promotes all aspects of research and other creative endeavors among colleges, centers, institutes and collaborating partners. The Office ensures that all research-engaged faculty and students have the resources and support they need to develop and manage their research programs.


Please browse our "Core Facilities" tab for more information on the research core facilities and shared research resources available at UTSA.


New User Access

  • Internal Customers – Please complete the UTSA Project Agreement Form before requesting a project or scheduling time on equipment.
  • External Customers (Non-UTSA) – Please complete the UTSA External Agreement Form before requesting a project or scheduling time on equipment. (Includes the following customers: UT System/In-Network, Higher-Ed/Non-Profit, & Commercial/Industry)

*Please submit all completed forms to: iLab@utsa.edu

iLab Cores at University of Texas - San Antonio

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
UTSA Biophotonics Core

The Biophotonics Core Facility provides cutting edge technology for the study and manipulation of biological samples using light, including longterm indepth imaging of live tissues and the technology to probe at the molecular level for protein-protein interactions within live samples.

Sandra Cardona sandra.cardona@utsa.edu (210) 458-4089
UTSA Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center (KAMC)

KAMC is a state-of-the-art electron microscopy and advanced characterization core facility housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The center supports world-class research in nanotechnology, biology, chemistry and materials sciences.

Ana Stevanovic kamc@utsa.edu (210) 458-8735
UTSA Protein Biomarker Core

The Proteomics and Protein Biomarkers Core Facility is focused on capillary liquid chromatographymass spectrometry LCMS and tandem mass spectrometry LCMSMS to identify, characterize, and quantify proteins. The Proteomics Core develops novel methods, while the Protein Biomarkers Core applies ...

Wendell Griffith wendell.griffith@utsa.edu (210) 458-5180

non-iLab Cores at University of Texas - San Antonio

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Cell Analysis Core

The Cell Analysis Core provides centralized services, training, access, and support to researchers in the usage of flow cytometry equipment and related services including technical training opportunities.

Sandra Cardona idc.flow@utsa.edu (210) 458-4089
Stem Cell Core

The Stem Cell Core provides access to a streamlined, IRB-approved consenting process for acquisition of patient samples and generation of pluripotent stem cells and stem cell-derivatives for basic and preclinical research.

Christopher Navara chistopher.navara@utsa.edu (210) 458-6497
Medicinal Chemistry and Synthesis Core Facility

The CIDD provides custom synthesis and medicinal chemistry research to support collaborative small molecule drug discovery efforts across multiple therapeutic indications.

Stanton McHardy stanton.mchardy@utsa.edu (210) 458-8676
Materials Characterization Core

Teja Guda teja.guda@utsa.edu (210) 458-8529
Genomics Core

The Genomics Core performs fee-for-service sample processing for any nucleic acid Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) application (genome, transcriptomes, epigenome, etc.). Particular expertise in bacterial genome assembly and mammalian single-cell genomics.

Sean Vargas sean.vargas@utsa.edu (210) 458-4089
Behavior Core

The Behavior Core provides a battery of behavioral tests for any investigator interested in the effects of their physiological manipulations on behavior.

Carlos Paladini carlos.paladini@utsa.edu (210) 458-4746
Neural Excitability Core

The Neural Excitability Core focuses on fabrication and/or live animal implantation of chronic optrodes or multichannel electrodes for neuroscience research or other applications.The core supports stereotaxic intra-cerebral injections and training in injection and implantation protocols.

Carlos Paladini carlos.paladini@utsa.edu (210) 458-4746
2-Photon Physiology Laboratory

The 2-Photon Phisiology Laboratory offers two multi-photon imaging systems fully equipped for in vitro electrophysiology and live tissue imaging. One system has been customized for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of low concentration fluorophores.

Fidel Santamaria Fidel.Santamaria@utsa.edu (210) 458-6910