The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

Biology Labs

The Biology Facilities in Byblos campus, consist of three teaching labs and several research labs that are located in the Science and BlockA buildings. These labs serve both undergraduate and graduate students and are well equipped with sophisticated and modern instrumentation supporting various disciplines of biology.

The Teaching Labs accommodate students majoring in Biology, Nutrition and Pharmacy in addition to Freshman students.

Biology Lab (Sci 307)

This lab is reserved for teaching the junior and senior biology labs. It accommodates around 18 students and is equipped with microscopes and basic lab equipment (balances, pH meters, vortex mixers, hot-plate stirrers, micropipettes, refrigerators/freezers) and incubators.

Biology Lab (Sci 308)

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. 

Biology Lab (BA 404)

This lab is reserved for teaching the introductory biology labs taken by biology, pre-med, nutrition, pharmacy and nursing students. It accommodates around 18 students and is equipped with microscopes and basic lab equipment (balances, pH meters, vortex mixers, hot-plate stirrers, micropipettes, refrigerators/freezers). It also has UV-Vis spectrophotometers, a centrifuge and a waterbath.

The Research Labs accommodate senior undergraduate biology students as well as graduate students in biological sciences and postdocs.

 Microbial Genomics Lab (Sci 306)

This lab, located in Sci 306, is equipped with 3 thermal cyclers, a quantitative real-time PCR system, a sanger DNA sequencer/genetic analyzer and a NGS long-read sequencing device, 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 Workbench and Ridom StaphType.

Graduate Core Lab (Sci 305)

The graduate core lab in Sci 305 is equipped with several electrophoresis set-ups and gel imaging systems: 1D SDS PAGE small and large systems, western blot gel transfer apparatus, IPG-strips iso-electric focusing instrument, 2D SDS PAGE 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 gels analysis software.

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

This lab also has a microplate reader, a microspectrophotometer, vacuum concentrator, vacuum blotter, automated gel stainer/destainer, hybridization oven/UV cross linker, radioactive/luminescent microplate counter and tissue and cell homogenizers and sonicators, in addition to basic lab equipment. It also has two PC terminals, a printer and a scanner to serve the graduate students’ study and research and GA work.

Microbiology Lab (Sci 304A)

The Microbiology lab, Sci304A, is equipped with all basic microbiology instruments including a biosafety cabinet, 5 incubators, 1 CO2 incubator, 4 shaking incubators, 2 waterbaths, 2 autoclaves, a stomacher, 2 vacuum pumps and 2 water filtration apparatuses in addition to a Pulse-Field gel electrophoresis unit and basic lab equipment.

Cell Biology Lab (Sci 501)

In addition to basic lab equipment, 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, and an inverted microscope.

Microscopy Room (Sci 310)

Sci310 houses a state-of-the-art fluorescent inverted microscopy and imaging system.

Biology Labs (BA 302E)

Three sections of BA302E are dedicated for cell culture with a CO2 incubator and a biological safety cabinet in each, while the remaining section is dedicated to Western blot gel running and transfer, autoclaves and refrigerators and freezers. A storage room is available in BA303A.

The exhaustive list of equipment that are housed in BA302E in addition to basic lab equipment includes:  a microplate reader for absorbance, fluorescence and luminescence, a thermal cycler, a quantitative real-time thermal cycler, a fluorescent cell imager, a microspectrophotometer, a laminar flow clean bench, a dissection microscope, and a UV irradiation system.

Instrumental Room (BA 302D)

This room houses a flow cytometer and chemiluminescent gel/blot imager.

Animal Behavioural Room (Sci 602B)

This is where animal behavioural studies are carried out such as the Morris water maze, social interaction, open field and elevated plus maze.

Cold Room (Sci 509)

A cold room in Sci509 is also available for storage and experiments requiring low temperature. Outside it is a -80 deep freezer.

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

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