R&D Facilities and Resources


  • Alltech Algae
    The facility houses one of the largest algae production systems in the world. The company operates a variety of sizes and types of fermenters for growing heterotrophic algae, including a fully functional pilot plant that enables researchers to experiment with new strains and production methods.
  • Aquaculture Research Center
    The Center conducts studies to increase the productivity of on-farm water resources and farm income across Kentucky and worldwide. Researchers examine and develop production technologies suitable for the climate and physiographic conditions in Kentucky and similar regions. The 11-acre facility includes 33 research ponds, two greenhouses, hatcheries and laboratories.
  • Cardiovascular Innovation Institute
    The Institute was created to study heart, peripheral vascular and microcirculatory disease, and to conduct and translate research from the bench to the bedside, and support technology commercialization. The facility includes research labs, operating rooms, medical imaging facilities, intensive care units, monitoring facilities, diagnostic equipment and training areas.
  • Center for Applied Energy Research
    Offering services from analytical chemistry to materials testing, the Center’s 100+ employees also conduct research on coal beneficiation, utilization and conversion processes; fuel use; coal combustion by-products; engineered fuels; derivation of materials and chemicals, environmental remediation; and renewable energy sources, such as biofuels, electrochemistry and solar energy.
  • Center for Applied Informatics
    The Center conducts collaborative research with businesses and organizations to address future business challenges and opportunities by developing innovative information technology and e-commerce solutions. Researchers study the structure, algorithms, behavior and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process, access and communicate information.
  • Center for Computational Sciences
    This facility is available to researchers throughout Kentucky and has been used for studies in physics, astronomy, biochemistry, pharmacy, medicine, mechanical engineering and others. The Center also participates in supercomputer networks and collaborates with researchers worldwide. The Lipscomb HPC Cluster by Dell is rated at just over 140 teraflops.
  • Center for Predictive Medicine / BioSafety Lab
    Specializing in research on pathogens that cause disease in humans, research involves cross-translational studies of rare, neglected and emerging pathogens. The Center’s 50,000 sq. ft. Regional Biocontainment Lab (BSL-3) is a world leader in live image, real-time studies of pathogens from infection to host response.
  • Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies
    Researchers at the Center engage in research supporting the development of a regional biofuels industry and the use of alternative energy sources, such as algae-produced oil, to produce plastics, pharmaceuticals and jet fuel. The facility features laboratories for biomass analysis and algae research, as well as for algae incubation and microbiology research.
  • Center for Research and Development
    At 275,000 sq. ft., the facility offers leased space and access to in-house research equipment and scientists. Facilities include a Large Chamber-Scanning Electron Microscope (one of the world’s largest SEMs for nondestructive testing of items up to 40” x 40” and 650 pounds), a data center and a high-performance computing center.
  • Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments
    The Center conducts research in support of engineering, medicine, technology and art. Studies include 3D structured light, data acquisition, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence. Imaging research creates, preserves and duplicates images. Immersive environments place viewers within a space using visual and audio immersion. Haptic systems enable handling and manipulating virtual objects.
  • Fuels Processing Development Facility
    The $5.8 million stand-alone facility at the Center for Applied Energy Research focuses on producing vehicle fuels made from Kentucky coal and biomass resources. The unit is used to improve process efficiency and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide created when converting coal and biomass to liquid fuels.
  • Coldstream Laboratories
    Coldstream offers pharmaceutical development and small-volume manufacturing services to develop parenteral drug products in liquid and lyophilized forms, including cytotoxic compounds and radiolabeled products. The FDA-inspected sterile facility also provides analytical chemistry, pre-formulation and formulation services, method validation and routine micro-testing services.
  • Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
    Offering research services and user access, facility scientists also conduct their own research into energy materials manufacturing, solar conversion, renewable energy storage, biofuel and biomass conversion, and energy efficiency and conservation. Other research involves solar cell production, solid state lithium-ion battery manufacturing and biomass conversion into transportation fuels.
  • ElectroOptics Research Institute and Nanotechnology Center
    The Center conducts multidisciplinary research using lasers, optoelectronic devices, materials processing, optical design, infrared imaging, visual displays and the psychology of visual perception. Facilities include advanced electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, nanoprinters, nanomaterials composition and structure analyzers for observing the growth of atomic monolayers.
  • Gluck Equine Research Center
    The facility conducts research into equine diseases, immunology, reproduction, musculoskeletal, pharmacology, therapeutics, and immunogenetics and genomics. Services include testing for cytogenetic, viral arteritis and influenza, as well as genetic testing. Gluck also provides reference testing for cytokine, infectious anemia, leptospiral infections, herpes virus typing and streptococcal infections.
  • HIVE High-Performance Computing Center
    Providing up to 55 terraflops of computing power, the Center has assisted research in climatology, gene sequencing, combustion science, genome assembly, theoretical math and quantum chemistry. The Kentucky Mesonet, a statewide network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations, uses the facility for analyzing real-time weather and climate data.
  • Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing
    The Institute pursues research to produce new and innovative manufacturing technologies at the product, process and system levels; develop and implement educational programs in sustainable manufacturing; and engage in technology transfer/deployment and industry outreach for effective dissemination of knowledge aimed at workforce development for next-generation manufacturing.
  • James Graham Brown Cancer Center
    The research facility works in a treatment environment to optimize the discovery of techniques and therapies and facilitate their transfer from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. The organization has one of the most robust pipelines of anti-cancer drugs of any cancer center in the nation.
  • Kentucky BioProcessing
    The company serves customers by expressing, extracting and purifying plant-produced proteins in quantities from milligrams (for testing) up to commercial quantities, under cGMP conditions. Facilities include a 55,000 sq. ft. indoor facility, with 1.4-acre of layered space, and seeding, harvesting and transfection spaces. Area farmers are licensed to grow crops under USDA APHIS permit.
  • Kentucky Equine Research
    A leading equine nutrition and exercise physiology research organization, the company develops patented products and diagnostic techniques that target specific problems in horses. The company also serves as a consultant to feed manufacturers, with its nutritionists assisting mill owners and managers in formulating new feeds to supplement local forages.
  • Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC)
    Provides services to the transportation community through Research, Technology Transfer, and Education. The Center creates and participates in partnerships to promote safe and effective transportation systems. KTC’s charter calls for the Center to address all aspects and all modes of transportation. KTC’s primary research client is the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, for whom the Center serves as the “research arm,” but KTC also provides services for numerous other state and national entities in both the public and private sectors.
  • Markey Cancer Center
    Recently designated a National Cancer Institute, the Center investigates cancer epidemiology and etiology, molecular expression and regulation, prevention, detection and treatment. Programs include cancer cell biology and signaling; drug discovery, delivery and translational therapeutics; and redox injury and repair. The Center is one of six NCI-funded Cancer Nanotechnology Training Centers.
  • Rapid Prototyping Center
    One of the top additive manufacturing facilities in the region, the Center is a Haas Technical Education Center offering advanced 3D manufacturing equipment and CNC machine tools. Research focuses on high-temperature materials, process characterization, materials, recycling processes and direct digital manufacturing. Users range from Fortune 100 companies to individual inventors.
  • Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
    Scientists at the Center work to improve the health of the elderly in Kentucky and worldwide, through research on the aging process and age-related brain diseases, as well as education, outreach and clinical programs that promote healthy brain aging. Studies include basic and applied research on Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Space Science Center
    The $15.6 million Center conducts research to develop, test, validate and operate spacecraft systems. Facilities include a 21-meter space antenna system, RF and electronics laboratories, anechoic chambers that mimic the electromagnetic environment of space, a rooftop antenna test range, space system laboratory and a digital Star Theatre.
  • University of Louisville Cardinal Research Cluster Supercomputer
    The facility offers up to 35 teraflops in a distributed-memory cluster with SMP, statistics server, informatics management cluster and visualization server. Services include database design, optimization and administration, as well as developing new parallel programs. Consulting is available in computational mechanics, classical and quantum physics, and multiscale modeling.