About Research at WMU

microscopeWith nearly 25,000 students, a quarter of whom are graduate students, Western Michigan University ranks among the top 50 largest colleges and universities in the United States. It also ranks among the top 100 national public doctoral universities and among the nation's top 100 most wired institutions. A student-centered research university, WMU offers advanced degrees in 65 areas of study, including 26 doctoral programs. University library holdings total more than 4 million items; the science reference collection contains sources in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and all areas of medicine and engineering.

Institutional initiatives in life sciences and technology:

  • A new home for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences situated on a 137 acre Business Technology and Research Park.
  • A new 185,000-square-foot building on the Oakland Drive campus to house the College of Health and Human Services.
  • An 80,000-square-foot facility (Haenicke Hall) providing modern research and teaching laboratories for the biological sciences.
  • SmartZones in the Business and Technology Research Park in Kalamazoo and also in nearby Battle Creek are 2 of only 11 areas in the state designated as SmartZones by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
  • Collaboration with Southwest Michigan First in the creation, and ultimate construction, of a life-sciences innovation center to spawn the development of the biotechnology business.
  • Internal investment to enhance expertise in the areas of nanotechnology, and biostatistics and data management for research.
  • The Biological Imaging Center (BIC) and the Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center (BRCC) are members of the Michigan Core Technology Alliance.

In support of research and technology, WMU offers:

  • Space (7,728-square feet) for current business start-up activity.
  • BSL-1 and BSL-2 laboratories equipped to handle radioactive material.
  • A 5,616-square-foot animal facility maintained under AAALAC standards and housing rodents, reptiles, birds, aquatics, and amphibians in 14 animal rooms and two procedural rooms.
  • A Nuclear Regulatory Commission broad scope material license.
  • A University Imaging Center offering comprehensive scientific/technical expertise for basic research and light microscopy equipment that includes:
    • A Nikon Microphot FXA with complete optics for bright field, dark field, phase contrast, differential interference contrast and epifluorescence microscopy.
    • A Nikon Diaphot TMD inverted microscope with long working-distance lenses for Hoffman modulation, phase contrast, and fluorescence microscopy.
    • Digital capture in video (Javelin RGB: color, Hamamatsu BW) or digital cooled CCD (Hamamatsu C4742-95).
    • Zeiss LSM 510 laser scanning confocal microscope on an Axiovert 100 M inverted microscope equipped with DIC optics and a full range of high-quality lenses, including the highest resolution lenses for both oil (N.A. 1.4) and water (N.A. 1.2) immersed specimens and 488nm, 565nm, and 644nm laser lines.
    • A JEOL 1230 transmission electron microscope (TEM) with a Gatan Digital Imaging System, special lensing for high resolution-high contrast imaging in biological samples.
    • A Siemens 101 transmission electron microscope (TEM).
    • An ISI-DS 130 scanning electron microscope (SEM) with upper-stage STEM capability and a macro stage that can work with specimens up to 6 inches in diameter, and equipped with a backscatter detector and a KEVEX elemental analysis and mapping system.
  • Master's level training program in high throughput screening and biotechnology.
  • Culture facilities for mammalian tissues and cells and bacterial cells.
  • Greenhouse facilities and environmental chambers.
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for protein purification and other applications.
  • Cellular electrophysiology capabilities, including conventional microelectrode and patch clam methods.
  • Spectroscopic assay capabilities for UV, visible, and fluorescence assays.
  • DNA sequencing capabilities.
  • Major instrumentation for research in chemistry:
    • JEOL JNM-ECP400 NMR spectrometer
    • JEOL JES-TE100 ESR spectrometer
    • VG Elemental PQ ExCell ICP-MS
    • Bruker Equinox 55 FTIR spectrometer
    • Perkin Elmer 1710 FTIR spectrometer
    • Nicolet 5DXC FTIR spectrometer
    • Beckman DU530 UV/VIS spectrophotometer
    • Agilent 5973MSD/HP6890 GC/MS system
    • HP 6890 GC system
  • A noise and reverberation laboratory for evaluation of noise levels and sound absorption capacity.
  • A wind tunnel for research in aviation and wind loading on structures.
  • Large load frames for mechanical testing.
  • High performance and large-scale computing facilities.
  • Papermaking, coating, recycling, and printing facilities for production and testing of printed media.
  • Technology transfer support available through the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • Facilities and equipment represented here are shared resources with varied availability. Some exist in the laboratories of individual scientists where access needs to be coordinated on a case-by-case basis through the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Office of the Vice President for Research
Western Michigan University
210 W Walwood Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5456 USA
(269) 387-8298 | (269) 387-8276 Fax