Resources

Each faculty mentor has an independent research laboratory that is fully equipped to complete the research projects. The university houses additional resources that provide support and instrumentation for research projects.

Biological Irradiation Laboratoryprovides a source of ionizing radiation for studies of cellular mechanisms such as DNA repair, inflammation, and cell proliferation in model organisms.

Bioshop — in-house machine, electronic, and wood shop for the construction and repair of equipment and experimental set-ups.

Bioinformatics technology center within biodiversity research community with more than 10 staff persons ranging from biologists to software developers.

Computation facilities 200-core Linux cluster

Drosophila husbandry — dedicated incubators with light, temperature, & humidity control and two temperature controlled fly labs.

Experimental and pre-clinical imaging laboratory couples drug therapy and delivery with visualization technologies such as near-infrared or bioluminescence imaging.

Field station located 20 minutes from campus, the field station is within the ecotone between the eastern deciduous forest and tallgrass prairie biomes. The 3,400 acres has diverse native and managed habitats, experimental systems, support facilities and long-term data sets. Facilities include two wet labs, three workrooms, small anima care/holding unit, an aquatic research lab, a lath house, gardening areas, a workshop, large equipment (e.g. mowers, tractors), experimental ponds, mesocosm tanks, a reservoir, habitat fragmentation plots, restored prairie and historic secondary succession forest. The field station is a satellite site for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).

Genome Sequencing Core —Next generation DNA sequencing facility

Greenhouse ~3000 sq. ft of greenhouse space, fulltime greenhouse manager, & multiple student workers to assist with planting and maintenance

Growth chambers — Growth chambers with temperature, light, humidity, & CO2 control capable of both controlled scrubs and additions of CO2.

High throughput screening laboratory — identification of chemicals that target a biological process

Instrumentation Design Laboratory — Design of custom instruments for scientists.

Mass Spectrometry and Analytical Proteomics — Mass spectrometry service and expertise with protein identification, structure, and modifications

Microscopy and analytical imaging laboratorylight, electron, and scanning probe microscopes, cell sorters, 2-D DIGE scanning and analysis, microarray scanning; fulltime laboratory director and fulltime laboratory manager.

Molecular graphics and modeling provides a variety of computational services toward chemical biology and structural biology applications.

Nuclear Magetic Resonance Laboratory — high field NMR spectrometers

Shared molecular laboratory — Real time PCR machine, Nano-drop DNA quantification system, gel documentation system, shaking incubators & cloning facility, autoclave, ice machines, analysis programs (e.g., Sequencer, Geneious, PAUP, GeneMapper)

Museum collections extensive collections representing 12 research units, each research unit has a fulltime collections manager and tenured or tenure-track faculty curators.

X-ray crystallography Lab — provides three dimensional structures of biological molecules.


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