Facilities and Resources

BME Mechanical Instrument Shop

The BME Mechanical Instrument Shop is available to all BME principal investigators and their associates. It supports experimental research, as well as student course requirements.

Our Specialties

  • Design assistance, repairs, fabrication and assembly of laboratory components, equipment and machinery using a wide range of materials, including steel, stainless steel, aluminum, plastics and wood.
  • Full complement of modern precision tooling and machinery, including CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) machining.
  • Supervised student workshop that allows hands-on access to machines and equipment for undergraduate and graduate engineering students involved in designing and fabrication of research equipment and class projects.

The main shop is located in the Traylor Research Building, room 402-404. The student machine shop is located in Traylor Research Building, room 405. Both facilities are open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Charging and Invoicing Policies

Hourly rate: $85.00 for design and construction time, plus the cost of materials and special tooling.

Priority for all work will be based on chronological order of job submission.

Any and all materials used for a project must be purchased by the user from outside vendors.

To maintain the high level of technical support that the Mechanical Instrument Shop provides to faculty, staff, and students, related nominal costs for stock, tooling, and hardware may be applied.

Microscope Facilities

The department has a Nikon epifluorescence microscope equipped with a CCD camera for digital imaging. This unit is a core facility, available to departmental members at large. In addition, the department has an Olympus Fluoview 300, laser-scanning confocal microscope that is shared among several departmental laboratories that competed successfully for an NIH shared instrumentation grant. The confocal microscope is equipped for simultaneous electrophysiological and patch-clamp recording, and has custom lasers permitting CFP/YFP FRET imaging.

Tissue Culture Facilities

The department has two shared, state-of-the-art tissue culture rooms, each equipped with two biosafety cabinets, and numerous cell-culture incubators. These facilities are shared among multiple laboratories. In addition, several laboratories have their own tissue culture facilities for dedicated tissue-engineering applications.

Whitaker Institute Lithography and Fabrication Facility

Supported by the Whitaker Foundation, the lithography and fabrication facility in Clark Hall is established as a multidisciplinary focus point at the Homewood campus to facfacilities-resourcesilitate research and education for undergraduate and graduate students in the area of microfabrication and system integration. Activities in the laboratory emphasize the use of modern lithography and fabrication technologies as tools for biological research in neuroscience, tissue engineering and molecular dynamics as well as in medical applications for novel therapeutics, artificial tissues, drug and gene delivery and MEMS microsensors.

The facility includes a 1300 square feet of class 1000 cleanroom space to carry fabrication processes such as photolithography, thin film deposition, oxidation, and various types of etching.

Equipment List

For more information contact Huy Vo, phone: 410-516-4048.

Safety Policies and Forms

The Department of Biomedical Engineering occupies 29,000 sq. ft. of space at the School of Medicine in the Traylor, Ross, and the Edward D. Miller Research Buildings. On the Homewood Campus, the Department occupies 34,500 sq. ft. of space in Clark Hall. In addition BME faculty occupies 12,000 sq. ft. of laboratory and office space within the Institute of Computational Medicine in the Computational Science and Engineering Building. The 17,000 sq. ft. Translational Tissue Engineering Center (TTEC) space is located in the Smith Building on the East Baltimore campus. It houses faculty in BME, Ophthalmology and Materials Science and Engineering as they pursue independent and collaborative research efforts in that field.