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Biological Sciences Facilities & Resources

Special research facilities available for Biological Sciences researchers include:

  • Mass spectrophotometry facilities
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopy facility, a 3-D imaging and image analysis facility that includes a Zeiss LSM 510 laser scanning confocal microscope system
  • Electron microscopy facility
  • Genomics Facility
  • MicroCt Facility
  • Ridges Land Lab
  • AAALAC-accredited animal holding facilities for terrestrial and aquatic animals
  • 15,000-specimen vertebrate collection
  • Extensive Entomology Collection with close to 100,000 specimens
  • Six temperature-controlled environmental chambers

Life Sciences Building

The Life Sciences Building houses faculty, graduate students, and generous research facilities. Faculty have individual labs, but the design is open, allowing researchers to move easily between labs and facilitating interaction and collaboration. For instance, one set of labs is combined to make a 7,500 square foot comparative functional morphology complex. The Life Sciences Building also includes temperature controlled rooms and other spaces for experiments and animal housing.

About Research Facilities & Resources

A fully equipped experimental biomechanics lab includes an electromyography system, force plates and force-plate integrated treadmill, strain gauge system for measuring in vivo and in vitro bone strain, high speed motion capture system, and equipment and software for X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology system

Special research facilities available to students include exercise and metabolic physiology facilities, a transgenic mouse facility, a hybridoma facility, a molecular genetics laboratory with computer-assisted DNA, RNA, and protein sequencing facilities, an NMR facility, and mass spectrophotometry facilities. Advanced computing facilities are available through a computing cluster.

Animal holding facilities are available for ectothermic and endothermic animals, including aquatic animal holdings. The Biological Sciences Department maintains a 15,000 specimen vertebrate collection.

The Alden Library has approximately 1.1 million volumes and receives over 1,000 biological and biomedical journals. Access to other Ohio universities collections are also available through the OhioLink library system.