Core Facilities

The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences oversees several core facilities that offer shared resources to both the UMBC community, as well as outside clientele. The ILSB houses satellite units of the Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility and the Molecular Characterization the Molecular Characterization and Analysis Complex.

The Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility

The Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility (KPIF) provides shared microscopy resources for biological and materials science research. Equipment and services are available to all faculty and staff at UMBC, as well as the surrounding academic and industrial communities. The facility houses approximately a dozen instruments including confocal, TEM, SEM and AFM, which are located in the Biological Sciences, Physics and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences buildings. KPIF staff support all aspects of imaging, including sample preparation, instrument operation and image processing. For more information, please visit or contact Tagide deCarvalho, Ph.D at

The Molecular Characterization and Analysis Complex (MCAC)

The MCAC is dedicated to developing cutting edge analytical techniques in order to solve modern problems while providing a stimulating learning environment and exposure to research for both undergraduate and graduate students. Open to universities and all other facilities in need of analytical techniques, the lab strives to be an environment of peer mentoring, professional team building, and a place to develop critical thinking skills by fusing academic research with both teaching and industry. The MCAC houses approximately 20 different instruments with a variety of capabilities including chromatography, mass spectrometry, NMR, and spectroscopy.

For more information on the MCAC please visit or contact Cynthia Tope Niedermaier, Ph.D. at