The primary College of Science and Technology research facilities on Main Campus are housed in
- the Biology-Life Sciences Building for the Biology Department;
- Beury Hall for the Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science departments; and
- the Science Education and Research Center (SERC), the College of Science and Technology's most advanced facility completed in 2014, for portions of the Biology and Chemistry departments, as well as the Computer and Information Sciences and Physics departments.
The instrumentation housed in the Biology-Life Sciences Building, Beury Hall and SERC is available for use by undergraduate research students subject to proper training and supervision by faculty, graduate students or postdoctoral researchers.
Undergraduate students of Temple’s College of Science and Technology also have the opportunity to perform research at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine under the direction of medical school faculty and thus have access to additional facilities and instrumentation.
Biology Department Facilities
Biology student and faculty research is supported by several dedicated facilities.
- The Biology Imaging Facility has a lab and instrumentation offering brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast, fluorescence and differential interference microscopy, as well as microscopes offering unique spectral detection and resolution of up to 10 nm.
- Low-vibration scanning tunneling microscope that uses an ultrafine tip able to reveal atomic and molecular details of surfaces.
- The Materials Research Facility includes three X-ray diffractometers, a transmission electron microscope and an accurate-mass quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer.
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometers include three Bruker instruments housed in Beury Hall—two 500 MHz with more advanced, multinuclear capabilities and a 400 MHz for automated, routine proton and carbon NMR measurements. A 60 MHz instrument as well as new benchtop NMR spectrometers in the organic chemistry teaching laboratories provide hands-on exposure to this key analytical technique for all organic chemistry lab students.
- The Zebrafish Facility is a newly renovated space of 1,200 square feet containing eight zebrafish housing units.
Research Centers & Institutes
The College of Science and Technology is not only committed to pursuing advanced research, but also to ensuring that scientific discoveries and new technology enter the marketplace to improve people’s lives.
The Biology Department works within a number of research centers and organizations to facilitate these goals.
- The Center for Computational Genetics and Genomics fosters research and education on the use of computing technologies for the study of scientific questions in genetics and genomics.
- The Center for Biodiversity is involved in the research, education and conservation of species.
- The Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology is where researchers conduct theoretical and experimental research into defining problems in structural biology, molecular recognition and the evolution of proteins.
- The Sbarro Health Research Organization is a center where researchers investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease, cancer and other illnesses in order to find cures.
- The Institute for Computational Molecular Science plays a central role in high-performance computing for research across the university.
- The Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine is a cross-disciplinary research institute that undertakes research in the fields of cancer evolution, disease evolution, genome sequencing, phylomedicine, population genetics, precision medicine and protein evolution.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The College of Science and Technology offers a breadth of undergraduate research opportunities with world-class faculty. Students can collaborate in research through programs offered during the academic year and summer, and some programs provide financial aid. Explore the full list of research opportunities at Temple.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education lists Temple University as an R1 institution for “highest research activity,” placing it among the top 4 percent of all four-year institutions in the United States.
In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed Temple among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. External research funding for the College of Science and Technology has also increased, growing 85 percent over the past five years to $28 million. Additionally, Temple is ranked No. 18 in the world based on Google Scholar research citations. Five research papers by College of Science and Technology faculty are among the 100 most-cited scientific works of all time. Learn more about Temple’s growing research efforts.