Core Facilities

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

The Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility

KPIF logo17aUp0 The KPIF under the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences provides core instrumentation 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 supports all aspects of imaging, including protocol development, sample preparation, equipment training and image processing.For more information on the KPIF please visit or contact Tagide deCarvalho 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, Ph.D. at