Instrumentation Resource Facility


State-of-the-art Biomedical Research Equipment


The Instumentation Resource Facility (IRF) is an integral component of the research and teaching mission of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USC SOM). Located within the facility are several major pieces of state-of-the-art biomedical research equipment that provide techniques ranging from whole animal through single cell imaging to analysis at the molecular level. The IRF also houses a full range of ancillary equipment that is available for sample preparation. In addition to serving as a resource for acquisition of primary data, the IRF also has the capacity for image enhancement and related data analysis.


The mission of the IRF is to provide state-of-the-art biomedical research instrumentation for use in the USC SOM and USC main campus research environments. As time and resources permit, outside use of the facility is also permitted and encouraged. Technical assistance and training are available in most areas of research sponsored in the IRF.


Service areas include:


  • Confocal Imaging
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Histology
  • Instrument Training
  • Flow Cytometry/ Cell Sorting


Equipment available to users includes:


  • Whole Animal Imaging Instruments
  • Histology and Light Microscopy
  • Live Cell and Confocal Imaging Systems
  • Electron Microscopy Systems
  • Image Analysis Software
  • Flow Cytometry/ Cell Sorting
  • Molecular Analysis
  • Other Equipment
  • Training, Extended Assistance, and Consultations



Getting Started



  • Log in with your iLab credentials in the upper right corner and go to the Request Services tab to submit a service request.




IRF Faculty


robert price Robert Price, Ph.D.
Research Professor

Cell Biology & Anatomy
Director of IRF
Phone: (803) 216-3824 
Fax: (803) 216-3846
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jay potts

Jay D. Potts, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Cell Biology & Anatomy
Assistant Director of IRF
Phone: (803) 216-3820 
Fax: (803) 216-3846
Home page

 udai singh

Udai Singh, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Path. Micro. & Immunology 

Phone: (803) 216-3423 
Fax: (803) 216-3846
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IRF Staff


anna harper


Anna Harper 
Research Specialist  
Phone: (803) 216-3825
Fax: (803) 216-3846

jeff davis


Jeff Davis
Research Specialist 
Phone: (803) 216-3858
Fax: (803) 216-3846

benny davidson


Benny Davidson RETIRED 1.31.2018
Research Specialist
Phone: (803) 216-3854
Fax: (803) 216-3846

sharon cooper


Sharon Cooper 
Research Specialist
Phone: (803) 216-3852
Fax: (803) 216-3846


Lorain Junor
Research Specialist
phone: (803) 216-3859
fax:  (803) 216-3846




Location and Hours of Operation




Instrument Resource Facility
USC School of Medicine
6439 Garners Ferry Road

Building 1 Room B60

Columbia, SC 29209

Tel: (803) 216-3825
Fax: (803) 216-3847 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday  





Links and Resources



Name Role Phone Email Location
Robert Price, Ph.D.
(803) 216-3824
Room B60 Office D

Available Equipment and Resources

Conference Room (1)
Electron Microscopy Systems (5)
FACS and Cell Sorting (3)
Histology Equipment (4)
Light Microscopy Workstations (4)
Live Cell and Confocal Imaging Systems (5)
Molecular Analysis (13)
Whole Animal Imaging (4)


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