Facilities

Department of Biology laboratories are well equipped for studies that require cell and molecular, biochemical, biophysical and bioinformatic approaches.

Major equipment includes:

  • Inverted microscopes
  • Micromanipulators
  • Fluorescence microscopes
  • CCD cameras
  • Nikon C1-Plus confocal microscope with three lasers
  • Morgagni (FEI Company) 100 kv Transmission electron microscope
  • Leica ultramicrotome
  • Dissecting microscope for yeast tetrad analysis
  • Imaging software (Metamorph, Ethovision and others)
  • Image analysis systems
  • Standard and Real-time thermal cyclers
  • CD spectrometer
  • Lyophilizer
  • BD FACS Canto Flow cytometer

Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center

John Marra, Director

AREAC is a 15,000-square-foot facility dedicated to basic and applied studies of aquatic organisms and the environments they inhabit. The saltwater area (10,000 square feet) is a recirculating seawater system, allowing control of temperature and salinity, and photoperiod. There is also a separate, 3,000-square-foot lab for growing and experimentation of freshwater organisms. A 2,000-square-foot adjacent lab is equipped for various analyses, including morphology, immunochemistry, molecular biology, biochemical assays and water quality.