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Core Facilities

The cross-linking of research infrastructures is accompanied by measures and projects that make research infrastructures and large-scale equipment (so-called core facilities) discoverable and accessible.

Current Projects

Berlin Cell Center

The objective of the project "Establishment of a Berlin Cell Center" is to create a common data room for single cell analyses and to develop a concept for shared infrastructures. Researchers at Berlin's universities, Charité, and research institutions not affiliated with academia would like to establish the Berlin Cell Center with a shared technology area that will form the basis for an interdisciplinary, sustainable, and competitive research environment in the field of spatial omics analysis and imaging. The project managers are Prof. Dr. N. Blüthgen (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin) and Prof. Dr. M. Landthaler (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).


With Open IRIS, a central and transparent platform for research infrastructures is introduced within the BUA. With the help of Open IRIS, publicly funded large-scale equipment and research services of all BUA partners become accessible. At the same time, the alliance pools resources to optimize the effectiveness and utilization of large-scale equipment and core facilities. The project manager is Dr. Claudia Flügel (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin).

Closed projects

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility of the Berlin Integrative Structural Biology Network

The project supports the establishment of the Berlin Integrative Structural Biology Network (BIS). Based on the joint proposal and existing resources, BIS has created a platform to promote the sharing and further development of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) in Berlin. Prof. Dr. Markus Wahl (Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Christian Spahn (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin) managed the project – and were represented by C. Diepholder.

Establishment of a Central Computational Link Lab for Proteomics and Metabolomics

A joint computational link lab was established in the project, which bundles Berlin-wide expertise in the field of mass spectrometry and closes the growing gap between data generation and data analysis. The complexity and diversity of proteomic, metabolomic, and other omic technologies, the volume of data obtained from omics measurements, and the variety of applications make it necessary to establish synergies between different infrastructure hubs to fully exploit their potential. The project managers were Prof. Dr. Dietrich Volmer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Prof. Dr. Juri Rappsilber (Technische Universität Berlin), and Prof. Dr. Markus Ralser (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin).