Shared Department Equipment

Many facilities in the Biology Department are shared among members of the department. These include "Charged Centers," such as the plant growth facility, microscopy facility, computer facility, and "Shared Instruments" such as auotclaves, ultracentrifuges, scintillation counters, spectrophotometers, etc. Each piece of shared equipment has user guidelines decided by the indicated contact person (eg proper training, maintenance, access). For heavy use equipment, it is encouraged that the contact person keep a "signup/usage log" on the equipment. Please email the contact person for more info on the use of that equipment. If there are any general questions or issues, please email Professor Ken Olsen ( 

Autoclaves are available in the following rooms:

  • McDonnell 035 (2 available)
  • McDonnell 135 (1 available)
  • Bayer Lab 402 (2 available)
  • Rebstock 302 (2 available)
  • Rebstock 123 (preference is Teaching Lab use; please check with Ben Abts)
  • Plant Growth 111 (preference is Greenhouse users; please check with Mike Dyer)


Instrument Model Location Contact
Ultracentrifuge Beckman L90K Rebstock 326 Himadri Pakrasi
Ultracentrifuge Beckman L 80XD McDonnell LL 055 (tentatively) Himadri Pakrasi
Centrifuge Sorval RC5-C Rebstock 326 Bob Hippe



Instrument Model Location Contact
Photon Counting Microscope Nikon TE 2000 Bayer Lab 2nd floor Erik Herzog
Confocal Microscope Nikon A1Si McDonnell 016 Dianne Duncan
Confocal Microscope Leica Sp8 McDonnell 019 Dianne Duncan
Multiphoton Microscope Leica Sp8-DIVE McDonnell 018 Dianne Duncan
Compound Epifluorescence Microscope Nikon Eclipse 80i McDonnell 015 Dianne Duncan
Brightfield StereoMicroscope Leica S8 Apo McDonnell 019 Dianne Duncan
Motorized StereoMicroscope Leica Thunder Model Organism McDonnell 015 Dianne Duncan
Motorized Compound Epifluorescence Microscope Leica Thunder Live Cell McDonnell 020 Dianne Duncan
Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope Zeiss Evo 10 MA McDonnell 020 Dianne Duncan
TiRF Microscope Nikon TIE Rebstock 327 Petra Levin



Instrument Model Location Contact
Phosphorimager BioRad Personal Molecular Imager Bayer Lab 1st floor computer room Mike Malolepszy
Fuji CCD Imaging LAS 4000 Plus Bayer Lab 510 Hani Zaher
Licor Odyssey Bayer Lab 317 Himadri Pakrasi
X-Ray Processor Protech Ecomax McDonnell 133 Rick Vierstra

Chemiluminescent/Fluorescent Imager

Syngene Pxi-4 McDonnell 245 Ram Dixit
Typhoon GE R6B Bayer Lab 509 Hani Zaher


Instrument Model Location Accessories Contact
Lyophilizer Virtis 12 SL Rebstock 326   Biology Shop/Hippe
Q-RTPCR Machine Cedheid Smart Cycler McDonnell 350   Victor Lasehinde
Cryostat Leica CM1850 Bayer Lab 204   Erik Herzog
French Press SLM Aminco Bayer Lab 501   Hani Zaher
96 & 384 WEll Microtiter Plate Luminometer Luminoscan Bayer Lab 311   Himadri Pakrasi
Circular dichroism spectrometer Jasco J-815 Bayer 313   Bob Kranz
Thermi Sci Nanodrop Nanodrop One Bayer Lab 315   Barbara Kunkel
Mixture Mill (for cell breakage) Retsch Bayer Lab 321   Barbara Kunkel
Refrigerated Shaker/Incubator Innova 4330 Bayer Lab 313   Himadri Pakrasi
Scintillation Counter Beckman LS 6500 Rebstock 206   Bob Hippe
Flow Cytometer BD Accuri C6Plus Rebstock 206   Bob Hippe


Back-up Freezers

Instrument Model Location Contact
-80 Freezer (two) Harris McDonnell 349 Biology Shop/Bob Hippe
-80 Freezer Kelvinator Rebstock 326 Biology Shop/Bob Hippe


Updated July 2021