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Research Facilities

Our cutting-edge research starts in NC State's state-of-the-art facilities.

Access to NC State’s unique and top-notch research facilities provides a direct competitive advantage to our innovative research. Learn more about these facilities that offer our researchers state-of-the-art equipment and resources to enhance their ability to solve complex problems in agriculture.

Core Facilities

The Plant Sciences Building (PSB) is home to three NC State core facilities, which enhance our ability to perform next-generation research across multidisciplinary teams. The Molecular Education, Technology and Research Innovation Center (METRIC), the Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility (CMIF), and the Genomic Sciences Laboratory (GSL) provide some of the world’s most advanced instruments for research across campus. Each of these facilities is staffed by scientists who offer hands-on training, specialized project services and consultation.


The Molecular Education, Technology and Research Innovation Center (METRIC) houses state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting edge analytical instrumentation, such as magnetic resonance and X-ray crystallography, for molecular and OMICS-based workflows. METRIC’s satellite location in PSB offers unique capabilities in proteomics, metabolomics and VOC analysis aimed at meeting the needs of plant scientists. Experienced METRIC scientists provide support in experimental design and sample preparation. 

METRIC Staff working in lab

Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility

The Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility (CMIF) at NC State provides state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including confocal microscopes with FLIM/FRET, laser microdissection system and a slide scanner, to support research within the building, across campus, and beyond. The experienced CMIF staff provides expert training and support for all imaging projects.

Grad student works in cotton lab in Thomas Hall.

Genomics Sciences Lab

The Genomic Sciences Laboratory (GSL) offers the latest equipment and infrastructure required to conduct advanced genomics research. The GSL provides access to high-throughput DNA sequencing, traditional Sanger sequencing and genotyping, equipment services for functional genomic assays and high-throughput instrumentation to facilitate the handling of large numbers of samples. They also provide sample preparation services, training and shared equipment resources.

Equipment in the Genomic Sequencing Lab

Other PSB Research Facilities

PSB Greenhouse

The Plant Sciences Building has eleven state-of-the-art rooftop greenhouses that are highly flexible to support a wide range of research needs. These greenhouses were designed to ensure more efficient and successful experimentation by minimizing outside variables. Additionally, one of the greenhouses is an officially designated Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) area. 

PSB greenhouse

N.C. PSI Makerspace

The N.C. PSI Makerspace is a hot spot for innovation. This lab is set up for rapid prototyping of low-cost sensors, devices and other technologies that N.C. PSI researchers can use in the field for data collection and monitoring. 

Ultimaker 3D Printers (s5 and 2 S3 models)

Demo Lab

The Demonstration Lab, located on the first floor of the Plant Sciences Building, is a central component of the N.C. PSI. This state-of-the-art lab space is designed to showcase ongoing N.C. PSI research projects to the public and serves as a hands-on educational area for students, teachers, extension agents, and other groups. It also facilitates training and enables technology transfer from the lab to growers.

demo lab