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Department of Biology

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student using microscope

The Department of Biology operates two cell and molecular biology research equipment core laboratories. The first is a 340-square-foot laboratory that includes a Beckman Coulter Allegra 6R centrifuge, Eppendorf Vacufuge Plus, MP FastPrep 24 tissue disruptor, Kodak Gel Logic 200 imaging system, Syngene G:Box chemi/fluor imaging system, BMG Labtech FLUOstar Omega fluorescence/luminescence plate reader, Thermo Scientific Nanodrop 1000 spectrophotometer, ABI StepOne Plus real time thermocycler, ABI 3130XL genetic analyzer, and a Becton Dickenson FACSCalibur flow cytometer.

Nearby is a second 300-square-foot core laboratory that includes a Beckman L8-60M ultracentrifuge, a Leica CM1900 cryostat, and a Zeiss Axiovert 200 fluorescent microscope, as well as two -80° freezers and liquid nitrogen storage.

The Department of Biology also oversees two additional microscope rooms that are part of an imaging core, one room contains a Zeiss AxioImager Z1 with Apotome and MicroBrightField Stereo Investigator software and the other a Zeiss LSM 710 laser scanning confocal microscope. 

Other research equipment in faculty labs includes:

  • Promega Maxwell 16 Research system for the automated extraction of DNA, RNA and proteins from cell cultures and tissues
  • BioRad CFX Real time qPCR detection system
  • BioRad T100 thermal cycler
  • Molecular devices GenePix 4000B Microarray scanner