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Bioengineering Core

Overview of Services


The Bioengineering Core (BEC) provides scientific instrumentation resources that catalyze the success of investigators by providing them with tools needed to design elegant experiments and ask truly cutting-edge research questions. Services provided:

  • Engineering design and manufacture of customized devices for research and clinical applications, such as high precision mechanical fabrication, modification, assembly, and repair.
  • Design and manufacture of customized instruments for research and clinical applications, such as electronics, optics, and lab automation system.
  • 3D printing of plastic prototype devices.
  • Laser cutting and engraving of plastic, rubber, wood, or paper sheets.
  • Stockroom of electrical wires, fasteners, and raw materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, and plastics
  • Consultation for engineering projects, such as proposal preparation, engineering draft, and cost estimate.


Fabrizio Gabbiani
Academic Director
Professor of Neuroscience
Phone: 713-798-1849

I-Chih Tan
Core Director/Engineer
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Phone: 713-798-9168

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

One Baylor Plaza
Taub Building, Suite T130
Houston, Texas 77030

Project submission guidelines

Initially, the user only needs to provide a brief description of the project when initiating a new project request on iLab. After discussing the details of the project with the Core staff, the user will need to provide a clearly defined project scope to be entered in the project description window on iLab. If special components or instruments are required for the project, the user will also need to provide the timeline for their availability. Based on this information, the Core will then provide a cost estimate and delivery schedule according to the scope of the project. Before work can begin, the user will need to agree and approve the cost and delivery schedule on iLab. After that, the user can use the comments section of the project on iLab to request minor changes in the project’s scope. The Core will also use the comments section to update the associated price and timeline changes. If the requested change or expansion of the project is deemed major by the Core, the user will need to submit a new project request on iLab so that the position of the project in the queue can be adjusted accordingly, and the user will need to approve the cost and delivery time associated with the new project request.


Taub Buillding Map

Links and Resources

BCM Department of Neuroscience

Jan and Dan Duncan NRI 




Name Role Phone Email Location
Fabrizio Gabbiani
Scientific Director

IChih Tan
Core Director/Engineer
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