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Office of the Vice President for Research

Join the USC Research Core teams March 15 for second annual Research Core Fair

The University of South Carolina is hosting a Research Core Fair on Friday, March 15, 2024, to spotlight the wealth of resources at the University that are available to researchers. Research cores at the University of South Carolina are shared research resources that provide access to equipment, instruments, technology and expert technical advice that researchers from any part of the University can use for a fee.

The Research Core Fair is open to all USC students, faculty and staff. There will be four sessions featuring short talks which will detail capabilities of cores in the following areas: life sciences, chemistry, engineering and aerospace and earth, ocean and environment. There will also be tables or posters for each Research Core, posters by students and postdocs, and prizes for the best student posters. The Office of the Vice President for Research will provide lunch and refreshments during the breaks. All poster presenters get a $500 voucher at the Instrumentation Resource Facility and a $1000 Functional Genomics Core voucher for best poster presentation will be presented at the concluding reception.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and research partners across the USC system look forward to highlighting the research tools available through the university. We encourage USC graduate and professional students, Principal Investigators, and those from other institutions who are interested in using the USC Research Cores to register for this event by March 8, 2024. Those who wish to present a poster at the event should submit their abstract by Friday, March 1, 2024.

All events will occur in the Russell House Ballroom located at 1400 Greene Street, Columbia, SC. Free single-day parking permits will be provided for registered attendees (mark the registration form if you need a parking permit).


Schedule of Events -


8:00-8:30 a.m. Ballroom A-B Poster and table set up
8:30-9:00 a.m. Ballroom C Breakfast: coffee, fruit and pastries
9:00-9:05 a.m.  Second floor auditorium Opening remarks by Dr. Robert Price, Research Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Executive Director of USC Research Facilities and Infrastructure
9:05-9:15 a.m.  Second floor auditorium Opening remarks by Dr. Julius Fridriksson, Professor, Director of Aphasia Laboratory, and USC Vice President for Research
9:15-10:00 a.m. Second floor auditorium Earth, Ocean and Environment - 15 minute talks 
  • Dr. Michael Bizimis, Professor, The Center for Elemental Mass Spectrometry: Elemental and metal isotope research in geological, marine and environmental sciences 
  • Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Distinguished Professor, “Using short lived radionuclides to examine particle flux and the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nutrients and trace elements in the ocean”
  • Dr. David Barbeau, Associate Professor, “Reconstructing the southern Appalachian mountains from laser ablation mass-spectrometry of their eroded remains: implications for natural resources, coastal management, and the geosciences”
10:00-10:30 a.m.  Ballroom A-B Five, three-minute lightning poster presentations
10:30-11:00 a.m.  Ballroom A-B Viewing of core tables and student and postdoc posters 
11:00-12:00 a.m.  Second floor auditorium Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Aerospace Engineering - 15 minute talks 
  • Dr. Rongying Jin, Professor and Director of the Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics (CENPhys), "Facilities at Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics"
  • Dr. Morgan Stefik, Professor and Director of the SAXS Collaborative
  • Dr. Santosh Kiran Balijepalli, Director of the XPS Research Facility
12:00-1:00 p.m.  Ballroom C Lunch 



1:00-2:00 p.m.  Second floor auditorium Life Sciences, session 1 - 15 minute talks 
  • Dr. Mohammed Baalousha, Professor, “Analysis of multi-metal nanomaterials using single particle-inductively coupled plasma-time of flight-mass spectrometer”
  • Dr. Vitali Sikirzhytski, Research Assistant Professor, Co-Dir. of the CTT Microscopy and Flow Cytometry Core
  • Dr. Austin Worden, Director of IRF and Dr. Jason Kubinak, Associate Professor. "Recent Equipment Additions in the Instrumentation Resource Facility”  
  • Dr. Michael Shtutman, Associate Professor, Director of CTT Functional Genomics Core, Presentation will be focused on single-cell and spatial transcriptomics
2:00-3:00 p.m.  Ballroom A-B Student and Postdoc Posters, Core tables and posters 
3:00-4:00 p.m.  Second floor auditorium Life Sciences, session 2 - 15 minute talks 
  • Dr. Campbell McInnes, Professor and Director of CTT Drug Design and Synthesis Core
  • Dr. Melissa Ellermann, Assistant Professor, faculty user of the Mouse Experimentation Core Facility and Gnotobiotic Core Facility
  • Dr. Sujit Pujhari, Research Assistant Professor, Director of Viral Vector Core, “Engineering the Future: An Inside Look at Our Viral Vector Core Services.”
4:00-5:00 p.m.  Ballroom C Reception and poster award presentations


For questions about the Research Core Fair or poster abstract submissions, please contact Gary Schools,

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