Facilities & Equipment

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  • Quad PCR

    The Quad PCR machine allows multiple students to run different reactions simultaneously. Research students use the thermocycler to amplify DNA for cloning and for screening new clones.

  • flow cytometer

    Students use the flow cytometer to quantify the amount of fluorescence in individual cells, 100,000 cells at a time. The gradient PCR machine generates a temperature gradient so students can optimize amplification conditions.

  • Synergy

    When students want to quantify the amount of fluorescence in a population of cells, they can use the Synergy machine that generates a ratio of light divided by cell density.

  • Pipets

    Genomics students work with DNA and bacteria to design and build biological machines. Currently, students are inventing new ways to optimize drug production in bacteria to reduce the cost of medicines.

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Genomics students have access to modern research-caliber equipment, including:

  • Robotic microarray printer
  • Gel documentation system
  • Cryostat
  • Microscope
  • Speedvac
  • Nanodrop
  • Fluorometer/spectrophotometer
  • Gel electrophoresis for proteins and nucleic acids
  • Real-time PCR machine
  • Thermal gradient PCR machine
  • Quad PCR machine
  • Flow cytometer

Students use a variety of software and databases to accomplish the sophisticated tasks of designing and building DNA devices. In addition to the equipment listed above, our lab also has several computers configured with customized software for genomics and bioinformatics.