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Bioanalytical Core Laboratory


Leica SP8 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope
Scientist operates the Leica SP8 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope, capable of capturing high resolution, fluorescence images in 4D.

Enabling Cutting-edge Research and Collaborations

The Bioanalytical Core Laboratory (BCL) is a multifunctional facility dedicated to supplementing and augmenting the research capabilities at Johnson Space Center. This collaborative space utilizes mobile and fixed laboratory casework and a wide range of instrumentation to remain flexible and adaptive to the needs of scientists and a diverse group of research partners. In addition, dedicated spaces are devoted to specific functions such as specialized microscopy, tissue culture, flight hardware development, mass spectroscopy, and more.

The BCL facilities boast a wide range of instrumentation that is available to NASA scientists and engineers, collaborators, and other associated researchers. The BCL team is available to assist with equipment training, experimental design, and troubleshooting. In addition, the team will provide laboratory needs, safety assessment, and test readiness review support for approved users. 

Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope
Senior Scientist Edgar Hudson analyzes images with the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope in the Bioanalytical Core Laboratory in Building 21.


  • Microgravity analog bioreactors
  • Flow cytometry (single and triple laser)
  • Multi-analyte micro bead-based immunoassays
  • Standard and real-time polymerase chain reaction
  • Keyence BZ-X800 (ISS National Laboratory K.E.R.M.I.T Analog)
  • Environmental scanning electron microscope
  • Laser scanning confocal microscope
  • General light and fluorescence microscopy
  • Mass spectroscopy
  • Absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy

Points of Contact

Cruz P. Torres
Daniel Gazda, Ph.D.



Last Updated
Apr 01, 2024
Robert E. Lewis