CNSI Technology Centers

People powered, tool enabled, data driven

Electron Imaging Center for NanoMachines

A leader in high-resolution CryoEM imaging

Molecular Screening Shared Resource

State-of-the-art High Throughput Screening

UCLA NanoLab

Fabricating the most demanding nanoscale structures and devices

Advanced Light Microscopy & Spectroscopy Laboratory

Optical microscopy at the limits of resolution

Nano & Pico Characterization Lab

An unprecedented collection of surface analysis instrumentation

EICN provides advanced electron imaging tools operating at scales ranging from micrometers to angstroms and delivers valuable structural information for biomolecular, molecular, and materials sciences as well as cell biology and microbiology.

ALMS supports the application of optical microscopic and spectroscopic methods to achieve high spatial and temporal resolution from whole in vivo animal imaging to sub-70 nm imaging using super-resolution nanoscopy techniques.

NPC offers microscopic techniques to characterize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures, materials and devices at the atomic and molecular scales under a wide range of experimental conditions.

MSSR provides industrial strength HTS capabilities at a capacity of >60,000 wells per assay per diem. A full suite of services leverages a curated ~200,000 small molecule library, arrayed genome wide shRNA, cDNA and siRNA libraries as well as CRISPR sets.

The NSF BioPACIFIC MIP operates a one of a kind user facility dedicated to creating a nexus for synthetic biology and materials to revolutionize high-performance polymers.

NanoLab provides access to a 20,000 square foot clean room in two locations on the UCLA campus for nanofabrication and characterization that integrates classic semiconductor tools and processes with biological, chemical, and medical substrates.

The Technology Centers also offer educational opportunities for the general public as well as non-expert academic and industrial communities in the form of tutorials, symposia and hands-on workshops.

Technology Center News and Events

March 1, 2024 | Video: Quantum Trailblazers: NarangLab’s Pursuit

March 1, 2024 | Video: Quantum Trailblazers: NarangLab’s Pursuit

Step into the dynamic NarangLab at UCLA, led by the esteemed Professor Prineha Narang. This cutting-edge team is dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of quantum phenomena, from research to models to products. Meet the talented individuals propelling this scientific odyssey forward, and witness how their groundbreaking research is not only advancing theoretical knowledge…

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November 29, 2023 | Shared resources for analyzing elements and hydrodynamic size at UCLA CNSI Technology Center

November 29, 2023 | Shared resources for analyzing elements and hydrodynamic size at UCLA CNSI Technology Center

Now, instruments for ICP-OES and DLS are online at the Nano and Pico Characterization (NPC) Laboratory, an open-access Technology Center of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. The Shimadzu ICPE-9000 multitype ICP-OES and the Wyatt Technology DynaPro Plate Reader are the only instruments of their types on UCLA’s campus that are available for shared use. At the NPC Lab, these devices, along with assistance from expert staff, are available to researchers from UCLA, other academic institutions and industry partners.

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September 29, 2023 | UCLA-led team develops key improvement to Nobel Prize-winning technology

September 29, 2023 | UCLA-led team develops key improvement to Nobel Prize-winning technology

UCLA biochemists, working with pharmaceutical industry scientists, have developed a solution that will make it possible for cryo-EM to acquire high-quality images of smaller protein molecules, too. The scientists engineered a 20 nanometer, cube-shaped protein structure, called a scaffold, with rigid tripod-like protrusions that hold the small proteins in place.

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