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Haverford College
Department of Biology

Facilities of the Department of Biology at Haverford

The Biology Department is housed in the new Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center (KINSC). This Center, completed in 2002, consolidates the sciences (including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, and Psychology) into a single complex, incorporating Sharpless and Hilles Halls with two new wings, and the Science Library. With this construction, Biology added modern teaching laboratories for all levels of the curriculum, a biochemistry lab, a new microscopy suite and tissue culture room.

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 eight fully-equipped research laboratories for faculty and senior biology majors, two media kitchens, light and heavy instrument rooms, dark rooms, and multiple constant temperature rooms.

We have recently created an online page describing our new "Haverford Cell and Molecular Imaging" Facility, which also provides links to protocols and a signup calendar for instrument usage.

The following is a partial list of major equipment:

  • Flow cytometers (FACSCalibur and FACSAria) to analyze and sort fluorochrome-labeled cells
  • JEOL transmission electron microscope with associated ultramicrotomes
  • JEOL scanning electron microscope
  • Nikon confocal microscope
  • Fluorescence microscopes
  • ELISA readers
  • Preparative and analytical ultracentrifuges
  • Circular dichroism spectropolarimeter
  • Fluorometer
  • Alphaimager and STORM phosphorimager
  • Refrigerated centrifuges
  • High pressure liquid chromatographs (HPLC)
  • Tissue culture incubators and hoods
  • Densitometers
  • Thermocyclers
  • Horizontal and vertical gel apparatus and gel dryers
  • UV/vis spectrophotometers
  • Liquid nitrogen and -70°C freezers

All teaching and research labs contain desktop computers that are wired into the campus network, facilitating reference and data analysis during labs.

Students in the Sophomore Lab

Students analyze data from the flow cytometer

Research lab