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Biological Facilities

Science III - Department of Biological Sciences

The department is housed in a five-floor, well-equipped, attractive building. Graduate students have office space either in their faculty advisor's laboratory complex or in departmental offices set aside for them. Students are provided with computer accounts. The libraries maintain relevant collections for research and teaching. On-line search facilities are extensive and include the major scientific abstract and citation services.

Department Facilities:

Molecular Core Facility

Molecular Core Facility

This facility consists of a suite of instrumentation. Equipment includes: an automatic DNA sequencer, several thermocyclers, super-speed and ultra-centrifuges, a lyophilizer, a Speed-Vac drier, UV/Vis spectrophotometers, a spectrofluorometer, a binary gradient HPLC, a digital imaging system, and autoclaves. Connected to the core is a darkroom complex for normal photographic developing and printing and for autoradiography.

Confocal MicroscopeConfocal Microscope

The Zeiss LSM 510 META Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope is set upon an Axiovert 200 inverted microscope. The system has four lasers (405 nm Violet laser diode, an Argon laser, a Helium-Neon 543 nm laser and a Helium-Neon 633 nm laser) with two conventional detectors, a transmitted light detector, and the META detector capable of detecting eight separate emission wavelengths.

 Flow Cytometer

Flow Cytometer

FACS Calibur Flow Cytometer. This BD Biosciences instrument is for use in teaching and research. This cytometer has two excitation lasers (488 nm and 633 nm) and four fluorescent color emission detectors and uses a Macintosh computer for analysis. The cytometer also has cell sorting capability and has the FACSLoader for automatic analysis of up to forty samples.

 Mass Spectrometer Facility

Mass Spectrometer Facility

The mass spectrometer facility has an Applied Biosystems QStar XL mass spectrometer and a GE Healthcare Ettan Maldi-MS mass spectrometer.  The QStar, with associated HPLC, ion spray, APCI and nanospray units, and software for information dependent data acquisition, peptide and metabolite identification software allow for characterization of peptides and small molecules for proteomics and metabolomics work.  The Ettan Maldi-MS is a walk-up MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer for accurate mass determination applied to proteins, peptides and other polymers.

 Laboratory Animal Resources

Laboratory Animal Resources

Under the direction of a full time veterinarian, the LAR facility provides for the care and well-being of animals used for research, training and education at BU. It operates in compliance with all standards mandated by federal and state law, accrediting bodies and the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee. The staff of 10 include an occupational health and safety physician. A new LAR building was completed in 2012.

 The Research Greenhouse

The Research Greenhouse

Completed in 1996, this 4,250 sq. ft facility represents state-of-the-art greenhouse environmental management. Seven separate growing areas allow for plant-related research in environments where temperature, humidity level, and light intensity are computer controlled. Staff maintain the computer-controlled facility and are available to assist faculty and graduate students.

 E.W. Heier Teaching Greenhouse

The E.W. Heier Teaching Greenhouse

This 12,500 sq. ft. facility is designed to function as a living laboratory for the department's plant and ecology related courses. More than 6,000 exotic plants, representing over 1,200 distinct species, are maintained within its four simulated climates. This arrangement facilitates understanding of diverse plant species and their ecologies. All plants are labeled with information regarding their taxonomies, geographic origins, and common names.

 Ecological Research Facility

Ecological Research Facility

This area is for experimental outdoor research. The facility is fenced and has a pole barn with electricity and water. The site contains a field, woods and four artificial ponds for fish research. There are nest boxes for bird research and enclosures for rodent research. Faculty and graduate students regularly use the site for research projects ranging from plant-insect interactions to behavior of fish and salamanders.

 Nature Preserve

Nature Preserve

The University has set aside 200 acres of mixed forest, stream, pond and wetland habitat as a Nature Preserve. This on-campus area contains a wide variety of local plants and animals and is available for the university community. It contains a hemlock forest and oak woodlands, many species of invertebrates, a diverse population of amphibians and reptiles, many mammals including deer, beaver, fox, mink, muskrat, porcupines and small rodents. Over 200 species of birds have been sighted in the Preserve. The proximity and variety of habitats and organisms makes the Preserve a particularly valuable resource for our field-oriented graduate students and faculty.

 Nuthatch Hollow Preserve

Nuthatch Hollow Preserve

This area of very roughly 80 acres of woodland, stream, scrubland and grassland, is almost contiguous with the University on its southwest side. It is privately owned by Robert Schumann, who has invited the University to advise him about its best use as a research and preservation area for wildlife. A few of our courses take trips to the area, but it has been most valuable as a research site for graduate and undergraduate students under the direction of several of our faculty members. Since access is restricted and because of Schumann's expressed desire that it to be used primarily as a research site, it is free from the occasional disruptions which characterize the on-campus natural areas.

 Innovative Technologies Complex

Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC)

The ITC is a 21-acre parcel that extends the eastern boundary of the campus and affords prime space for future development of research facilities. The present Biotechnology Research Building (BRB) is soon to be followed by a new science and engineering research building. The BRB houses 37,000 sq ft in new laboratories and clinic space, and fosters multidisciplinary research in biomedicine, bioengineering, and biotechnology.

 Owego Technology Center

Owego Technology Center

Located a few miles west of campus, the Owego Technology Center houses a number of biotechnology companies that encourage faculty and graduate students while working in a non-university environment to develop translational research partnerships through grants, fellowships and undergraduate internships.

 Molecular Anthropology Lab

Molecular Anthropology Lab

Used for molecular evolutionary and population genetics studies of human, plant and animal species. Features 2clean rooms for PCR setup, pre-PCR Extraction labPost-PCR sequencing lab with an ABI 377XL Automated sequencer and a Varian dHPLC system, and a 4deg C cold-room lab for storage and 4C experiments.

Ancient DNA & Forsenic Lab

Ancient DNA & Forensic Lab

State of the art facility for extracting and amplifying ancient DNA. Facility is serially positive pressured with magnetic interlocks on the doors to prevent room to room airflow. All rooms are HEPA filtered with UV-lights to destroy DNA prior to extractions.

Geographical Information Systems Core FacilityGeographical Information Systems (GIS) Core Facility

This Core Facility fosters the use of geographical information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) technologies for the development and execution of basic and applied research. The staff provide training through a variety of short-courses and one-on-one interactions.The facility will train users in GIS and GPS data acquisition methods, assist them in research and design, and evaluate existing data sets provided by users.

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Last Updated: 11/7/12