About the MRCF
The MRCF was established in 1994, and has grown continuously with the aid of significant extramural funding from the NIH and NSF, as well as ISU Colleges and the Office of Research. The first major expansion of the MRCF occurred in the spring of 2002 to accommodate research functions of a National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (NIH BRIN) grant. The MRCF underwent a second major expansion during the spring of 2006 when we were awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (NSF MRI) grant to obtain more research equipment.
The MRCF has proven to be of critical importance to ISU investigators in the areas of molecular genetics, microbiology, developmental biology, physiology, anatomy, neurobiology, molecular evolution and systematics, phylogenetics, population genetics, bioinformatics, comparative and computational genetics, and pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, because the MRCF is central to ISU's training of the next generation of molecular scientists, both undergraduate and graduate students use its resources extensively. The MRCF also serves the DNA sequencing and genotyping needs of an increasing number of investigators at other institutions throughout the state and the nation.