The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

Biology Labs

The Biology facilities comprise the following labs that are used for teaching and research in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Natural Sciences Department has two main biology undergraduate teaching labs BlockA 404 and Sci 307. The first is reserved for teaching the introductory biology labs taken by biology, pre-med, nutrition, pharmacy and nursing students. The latter is reserved for the junior and senior biology labs. Each of these two labs accommodates around 18 students and is equipped with microscopes and basic lab equipment (balances, pH meters, vortex mixers, hot-plate stirrers, micropipettes, refrigerators/freezers). Sci 307 also contains incubators. BlockA 404 additionally has UV-Vis spectrophotometers, a centrifuge and a waterbath.

A third lab, Sci 308, is a preparatory lab that is also sometimes used for teaching undergraduate and graduate labs and houses general equipment such as autoclaves, fume hood with flammables cabinet, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, centrifuges and waterbaths in addition to basic lab equipment.

Annexed to the lab in Science 308 are two smaller rooms, one serving as a storeroom for chemicals, glass and plastic-ware, the other containing a high-speed centrifuge and an ultracentrifuge. 

This lab, located in Sci 306, is specifically equipped to fit research needs in molecular biology. The lab is equipped with 4 thermal cyclers, a quantitative real-time PCR system and a DNA sequencer genetic analyzer, in addition to a focused ultrasonic DNA and chromatin shearing instrument and DNA fragment size selection instrument. Basic lab equipment here include a fluorometer, vortex mixers, thermomixers, microcentrifuge, micropipettes, refrigerator/freezer. The following genomics software are available for bioinformatics data analysis: BioNumerics, CLC Genomics & Main Workbench and Ridom StaphType.

The graduate core lab in Sci 305 is equipped with several electrophoresis set-ups and gel imaging systems: Pulse-Field gel electrophoresis unit, 1D SDS PAGE small and large systems, western blot gel transfer apparatus, IPG-strips iso-electric focusing instrument, 2D SDS PAGE XL system. The imaging systems include a chemiluminescent gel and blot and UV imaging systems with gel and blot image analysis software, and a high resolution gel scanner with imaging software and 2D PDQuest analysis software.

One end of this lab is dedicated to cell and tissue culture work with a CO2 incubator, a biological safety cabinet, an inverted microscope, a dissection microscope, and a laminar flow clean bench.

This lab also has a UV irradiation system, a microplate reader, a spectrophotometer, vacuum concentrator, vacuum blotter, automated gel stainer/destainer, hybridization oven/UV cross linker, radioactive/luminescent microplate counter and a biological safety cabinet, in addition to basic lab equipment. It also has three PC terminals, a printer and a scanner to serve the graduate students’ study and research and GA work.

A few biology instruments are housed in the adjacent nutrition lab Sci 304B: a freeze dryer, a rotary evaporator, and tissue and cell homogenizers and sonicators. A deep freezer is located in the NMR lab in Sci 503.

The Microbiology lab, Sci304A, is equipped with all basic microbiology instruments including 5 incubators, 1 CO2 incubator, 4 shaking incubators, a waterbath, an autoclave, a stomacher, 2 vacuum pumps and 2 water filtration apparatuses. It also has vortex mixers, thermomixers, centrifuge, micropipettes, refrigerators/freezers, balance, pH meter, hot-plate stirrers, and microscopes.

The Proteomics lab, Sci309, is equipped with a Nano-LC system and a proteomic analyzer (MALDI TOF/TOF) with proteomics bioinformatics analysis software, in addition to basic lab equipment.

In addition to basic lab equipment, the Cell Culture facility in Sci 501 houses two CO2 incubators, a biological safety cabinet, liquid nitrogen storage tank, Western blot gel running and transfer apparatuses, X-ray imaging system, an inverted fluorescent microscope an inverted epifluorescent microscope connected to an imaging system with IVF micromanipulating system capability.

The animal room contains two species (Spague Dawley rats and BALB/c mice) that are inbred with a consistent average stock of more than 500 rats and 300 mice.

A cold room is also available for storage and experiments requiring low temperature.


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