Three laboratories located in the Center for Engineering Education and Research (CEER) building support the majority of the activities in the EMB.
The CG lab is an interdisciplinary facility that provides support for faculty and students, across all engineering fields, engaged in molecular and cellular bioengineering research and teaching. This 700-ft2 laboratory was established in 2009. The state-of-the-art genomics instrumentation in the laboratory was funded by an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant, awarded in 2007.
The instrument inventory in the Core Laboratory includes an Applied Biosystems 7300 RT-PCR system for quantitative, real-time PCR analysis; a Shimadzu BioSpec-mini UV-Vis spectrophotometer optimized for rapid quantification of RNA, DNA, and proteins; a NanoDrop spectrophotometer for quantification of RNA and DNA in microliter sample volumes; a microscopy suite with a Leica DM2000 upright microscope and a Leica DMI3000 inverted microscope, equipped with epifluorescent illumination and a Q-Imaging Retiga-SRV cooled CCD camera for imaging of cells and molecular probes; an Eppendorf 5417R refrigerated high-speed mini centrifuge; a Milli-Q Biocell water purification system that supplies RNAase free water; a Beckman-Coulter Vi-CELLTM cell viability analyzer; a Molecular Dynamics Gemini EM fluorescence plate reader; a Shimadzu HPLC with UV-Vis detector; a sonicator for cell lysis; an ultra-low freezer (-85oC); a basic freezer (-20oC); and a crushed ice maker.