Program Resources

Office of Research Support: For funding opportunities, Human subjects research, export controls, workshops and training, etc.

BioCore: The Duke Biosciences Collaborative for Research Engagement (BioCoRE) is a new institutional program centered on building an inclusive community of research scholars in the biomedical, biological and behavioral sciences. BioCoRE is supported by Duke University and by an institutional IMSD grant from the NIH. Duke BioCoRE boasts a wide variety of scientific programs, including community-building activities, paid research opportunities, conference travel, symposia, and seminars that will benefit all student and faculty BioCoRE members. BioCoRE is open to all members of the Duke Biosciences community, and both Undergraduate and Graduate Scholars will be selected on a competitive basis. Duke BioCoRE program is committed to increasing diversity within Duke’s Biosciences community, and we consider diversity in a broad sense (e.g., racial and ethnic, first generation, unique life experiences, religion, disadvantaged backgrounds, disabilities, LGBT, etc). Our society is increasingly enriched by the unique ideas and perspectives of individuals from different backgrounds and life experiences, and this diversity of experience results in novel ideas and theories that ultimately propel academia forward and benefit society as a whole.

Animal Facilities: Animals are housed in the main Vivarium, or one of several satellite facilities in the buildings of participating departments. The Division of Animal Laboratory Resources manages all facilities. All facilities are AALAC-approved and all research conducted meets the specifications listed in the Guide to Animal Research. Facilities are inspected annually, and all laboratories involved in animal research are inspected annually by the Duke Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Animals are housed in the main Vivarium facility with 57 animal rooms (13,335 sq. ft. animal space), surgery, necropsy, radiography, diagnostic lab, treatment, diet kitchen, procedure labs, barrier, quarantine and containment facilties. The facility contains conventional animal housing, a veterinary treatment room, a rodent barrier, a containment suite, quarantine, animal cubicles, animal receiving, shared procedure rooms and storage areas. Primates, dogs, small pigs, chickens and all exotic species are housed in this facility. The rodent barrier is used to isolate SPF mice and rats from potentially disease bearing conventional mice and rats. The adjacent Surgical Research Pavilion has 4 OR’s, sterile processing, 2 surgical prep rooms, 1 animal prep, offices and storage. In addition, there are satellite facilities in the Medical Center maintained by the same personnel in the Bryan Neurobiology Building (1,974 sq. ft. of housing for rodents and other small species), the Nanaline Duke Building (719 sq. ft. for rodents and rabbits), the Alexander Sands Building (536 sq. ft of space for rodents), Clinical Research II (853 sq. ft of space for rodents, rabbits and dogs), Duke Eye Center (277 sq. ft. of housing for small pigs and animal surgery), Levine Science Research Center (1,952 sq. ft. for rodents and 508 sq. ft. for fish tanks), Medical Science Research Building (1,270 sq. ft.), and Genome Sciences Research Building II (9,824 sq. ft. of barrier space for rodents and pigeons).

Libraries: The libraries of Duke University consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its seven branches on campus: Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Lilly, Engineering, Music, Mathematics-Physics, Special Collections; the Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort; and the independently administered libraries of Divinity, Law, Medicine, and Business (Ford Library). As of June 2009, these libraries contained over 5,234,000 volumes and received some 37,000 serials. An extensive collection of nearly 18,000 online journals is available to researchers across campus through Medline, PubMed and other electronic resources. The significant holdings of Duke University are further augmented by the libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University through the Triangle Research Library Network (TRLN), which provides online access to catalogued collections and rapid volume and article delivery services.

In addition to its traditional library system, Duke’s maintains the Center for Instructional Technology and three instructional technology labs across the campus which are open to all faculty, students and staff. To supplement TA training offered by departments and programs, CIT and the Graduate School offer a number of courses, programs, and workshops to improve the teaching skills of graduate students at Duke. The Center has offered start-up funding for such projects as Neuroscience Methods in 3D, The iPad in Medical Education and Clinical Care, and The iPad as a tool for Global Health fieldwork research.

Shared resources/facilities:

Shared Instrumentation Facility:

Light Microscopy:


Flow Cytometry:

Cell Culture:

Transgenic mice:

DNA Sequencing:



Electron microscopy:



NMR Spectroscopy and X-ray Crystallography: