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Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane

Research Service Centers

WSU Health Sciences in Spokane has the following research service centers on its campus. The facilities were partially funded by grants from the Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County (HSSA).

Flow Cytometry

Flow cytometry is a highly quantitative high throughput technique to accurately detect and quantitate various cell components at the single cell level. The Flow Cytometry Service Center is equipped with the necessary instrumentation for your cell analysis and sorting needs. Read more.


The Genomics Service Center provides a variety of genetic and genomic services, from DNA/RNA extraction to next-generation sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics. Read more.


Histology provides insight the cellular anatomy of tissues and organs. The WSU Health Sciences Spokane Histology Service Center’s mission is to provide high-grade, research quality histology. Whether through classical staining or modern immunochemistry, histology can add invaluable information to animal research projects. Read more.


The WSU Health Sciences Spokane Imaging Service Center encompasses a suite of instruments for in vivo imaging of rats, mice, and other small research animals. Read more.

Mass Spectrometry

Mass spectrometry is considered the gold standard in drug and metabolite analysis, with advantages including the ability to detect drugs/metabolites at very low concentrations, the ability to distinguish a specific drug/metabolite from all other compounds in a biologic sample, and high speed leading to a short turnaround time for results. Read more.


The Microscopy Service Center contains confocal and widefield microscopes capable of imaging in live or fixed cells, providing flexible solutions for researchers imaging needs. Read more.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Nuclear magnetic resonance is a powerful technique for investigating the structure of molecular entities, primarily those in solution, by radio-frequency interrogation of the sample held in a powerful magnetic field. NMR has been used extensively in drug screening and lead identification. Read more.

Biomedical Design and Engineering

The Biomedical Design and Engineering Service Center increases researchers’ abilities to innovate by providing access to customized hardware, computer-aided design capabilities, and tailor-made research equipment for solutions to a specific research problem or entirely new inventions. Read more.

Program of Laboratory Animal Resources (PLAR)

PLAR’s goal is to facilitate compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations governing animal utilization in teaching, research, and testing. The department staff strives to maintain a quality animal care program that meets the standards required to receive accreditation by the Association for the Assessment of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). Read more.

Form for New Users

If you are interested in using the research service centers at WSU Health Sciences Spokane, please fill out and submit this New User Form.