Equipment and services

The Biomedical and Obesity Research Core (BORC) Operates as a fee-for-service center, offering a range of equipment and services to support your research. To discover how BORC can benefit your work, please review our BORC services can leverage your research section. 


BORC provides training for new users on how to operate our instruments and guidance on available services. New users have the option to complete online self-training modules to become familiar with our instrument and services. Additionally, all new users are required to schedule in-person, on-site training sessions with our staff (Umidjon Iskandarov, or Shuying Zhang, prior to utilizing any instruments. 

Instrument reservation and service requests

The management of BORC services, instrument reservations, and service requests is streamlined through our online system, iLAB. New users should register an account on iLAB and complete instrument- and service-related training before accessing BORC's instruments and services. You can refer to "How to Sign Up iLAB and Reserve Instruments" for step-by-step instructions on registering accounts and reserving instruments and services. 

Working at BORC lab

All users are required to wear proper PPE while working in the BORC lab. In the event of any difficulties or issues encountered during instrument operation, please promptly notify BORC staff and the director. We welcome your feedback, concerns, suggestions, and comments through online feedback forms and surveys.  

Lab hours

The BORC laboratory is accessible Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trained users can also request access to the BORC facility outside these hours and on weekends by contacting the BORC director, Jingjie Hao (, with their NUID.


BORC generally invoices user fees on a monthly basis, but for the convenience of our customers, we may bill at any time after services have been provided. Detailed rate information is available here.