Facilities & Instruments
The Biology Department has superb facilities that enable students at all levels to engage in cutting edge research in molecular and cell biology. The Department maintains fully-equipped research laboratories for faculty and senior biology majors, a media kitchen, a fish facility, instrument rooms, dark rooms, and multiple constant temperature rooms. The Department also has access to machine shop services, provided at cost by a jointly managed Physics/Chemistry/Biology facility.
The Department also is well equipped with a variety of modern scientific instruments. These include:
- Nikon C1 Confocal microscope with 3 confocal fluorescence channels
- JEOL JEM-1400 Transmission Electron Microscope
- JEOL JSM-6510LV/GS Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with a Nabity Nano Pattern Generation (NPGS) Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) System.
- Various other microscopes, including compound light microscopes, inverted compound light microscopes, immunofluorescence scopes, and stereo microscopes
- A FACS Aria II flow cytometer, and a FACS Calibur flow cytometer
- Beckman ProteomeLab XL-A analytical ultracentrifuge
- Aviv Model 410A circular dichroism spectropolarimeter equipped with a programmable titrator
- Perkin Elmer Lambda 25 uv/vis spectrophotometer
- TECAN plate readers
- two Varian/Rainin HPLC systems
- Virtis lyophilizer and pump
- PCR machines (including several with temperature gradient capability)
- Richert ultramicrotome
- refrigerated high-speed centrifuges
- ultralow -70°C temperature freezers
- tissue culture facility with sterile hoods and incubator
- imaging and computational resources including Alpha Innotech imaging workstations with transilluminators.