The molecular biology and general chemistry lab facilities occupy 1,500 square feet with five fume hoods, two biosafety cabinets and an 80 foot bench area. These provide the capability for full-scale molecular biology research, as well as facilitate the development of different bioassays and bioanalytical characterizations.
Major equipment includes:
- Advalytix AmpliSpeed slide cycler for micro-liter scale PCR amplification.
- Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer for analysis of DNA, RNA, proteins and cells on a microfluidics-based platform.
- Applied Biosystems 310 and 3130 Genetic analyzer for nuclear acid fragment and sequence analysis.
- MJ Research PTC-200, PTC-225G and Minicycler Thermal cyclers.
- Eppendorf Mastercycler for gradient PCR.
- Invitrogen Qubit Quantitation Platform for DNA, RNA and protein quantification.
- Stratagene Mx3005P Real-time PCR system for fast and accurate nuclear acid quantification.
- Stratagene UV Stratalinker for controlled polymer crosslinking.
- Automated 96 wellplates pipetting station Tecan EVO 150.
Other general lab equipment includes electrophoresis devices, centrifuges, incubators and water baths. The Center also shares cell culture facilities comprised of a 480 square foot BSL-2 level bio-containment laboratory. A dedicated room for sterile handling of human cell cultures is available with two biosafety cabinets (certified annually), a water-jacketed CO2 incubator, an inverted microscope, water bath, centrifuges, small fridge and a liquid nitrogen Dewar for cryopreservation of cells.