Research and scholarship are products of trained minds, but they cannot be carried out without suitable facilities. The University is constantly expanding these vital tools of our trade and our facilities rival the most advanced of any university in the country.

Instrumentation Laboratories

The UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center (MIC) is a campus-wide, state-of-the-art core facility that enables the use of modern instrumentation in molecular characterizations. The purpose of the MIC is to meet the needs of the UCLA scientific community by providing all aspects of technical support in the application of modern instrumentation to solve problems in cutting-edge scientific research. The UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center (MIC), managed through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, encompasses five major areas: Magnetic Resonance,Mass Spectrometry, X-ray Diffraction, Materials Characterization, and Proteomics and Biochemistry Instrumentation.
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The UCLA-DOE Biochemistry Instrumentation Core Facility provides the UCLA biochemistry community with easy access to sophisticated instrumentation for a wide variety of biomolecular characterizations, including molecular weight determination, kinetic and thermodynamic analysis of ligand binding, structural characterization, gel documentation and analysis, radioisotope detection and quantification, and spectroscopy.
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Computer/Network Facilities

Computer facilities permeate the department, from routine access to workstations by all students to the use of the most powerful vector and massively parallel super-computers at UCLA and around the country through the departmental network. Advanced visualization workstations are also available within the department, along with the UCLA visualization centers that house sophisticated color movie and slide making facilities. In addition to a variety of IBM, DEC, SUN, Hewlett-Packard, and SGI workstations used in research groups, the department houses several major computational centers, the Laboratories for Theoretical Physical Chemistry, Organic and Inorganic Theory and Computation, the Structural Biology Computation Center, and the facilities associated with the X-Ray Laboratory.
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Molecular Life Sciences

The molecular life sciences community at UCLA has established a number of core facilities that greatly enhance the research pursuits of the members of the Division of Biochemistry. These include oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis facilities, DNA and peptide sequencing services, and facilities for media preparation, fermentation, and tissue culture. In addition, the macromolecular structure group has world-class facilities for X-ray diffraction and multidimensional NMR analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteins.

Electronics Shop & Research Storeroom

With the assistance of our excellent departmental shops and personnel, UCLA faculty and students have designed and built equipment that has defined the state-of-the art in many fields. The Department maintains and staffs a glass shop, electrical shop, and well-stocked chemical and supplies storerooms, all open for student use.
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UCLA Library

Ranked among the country’s top ten academic libraries in North America by the Association of Research Libraries, the UCLA Library consists of the Charles E. Young Research Library, the College Library, and several subject libraries, including the Science & Engineering Library with its two physical locations in Boelter Hall and the Geology Building and the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. Collectively, they contain more than 9 million volumes and more than 78,000 current serial titles. The UCLA Library also provides access to a growing collection of digital resources including general reference works, electronic journals, and other full-text titles. The Chemistry Library housed in Young Hall, also referred to as the SEL/Chemistry Collection, closed July 1, 2010 (more info).
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