Facilities Overview

The individual research labs in The Department of Biology possess the necessary equipment, instrumentation, and supplies to support each faculty member’s research studies. Faculty research is supported further by the presence of facilities available for use by members of the research community in the Department of Biology (see listing below):

Molecular Biology Equipment/Resources

Twelve PCR thermocyclers.
Real-Time PCR Thermocyclers
Gel Documentation systems
On-site molecular biology supply store: Reagents and kits

Cell Biology Facilities

Tissue Culture Facility – six NUAIRE™ Biological safety cabinets (Class II, Type A/B3)
Flow cytometer
Biorad (GenePulser II) cell electroporation apparatus
Table-top and Incubator Shakers
Microtome and Histology facilities
Probe and bath sonicators, and tissue homogenizers

Plant Research Facilities

Large research greenhouse
Growth chambers
Outdoor field plot space


Two Beckman J2-21 centrifuge with J2-21 and JA-14 rotors
Beckman TL100 Refrigerated Ultracentrifuge with a TLA100.2 rotor
Low-speed refrigerated centrifuges.

Equipment for Protein and Cellular Assays

Gel electrophoresis equipment for performing both one- and two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, as well as immunoblotting.
Multi-channel microplate reader
BioTek Microplate Reader
Scintillation counter
Guava easyCyte Flow Cytometer

Microscopy Facilities

Confocal Microscopy Facility
Olympus IX70 inverted microscope equipped with phase contrast and fluorescence imaging capabilities.
Scanning electron microscope

Other Major Equipment

Three broad temperature-range environmental rooms
Biorad Molecular Imager ChemiDoc XRS System
Darkroom facilities
Dedicated Radioactivity Room
Animal Housing/Care Facility
Tissue Lysers