What types of facilities and equipment are used for SC-INBRE research?
The three-story 66,000 sq. ft. science building was constructed in 1991. The Department of Biology occupies over 75% of Dalton Hall. The building contains 1,200 sq. ft. laboratories for each faculty member. In addition, there is a 2,400 sq. ft. large equipment room, autoclave facility, 1,000 sq. ft. cell culture lab, 2,000 sq. ft. optical and electron microscopy suite, and 1,500 sq. ft. computer lab available for research. INBRE research equipment and tissue culture facilities are maintained by Dr. Kim Wilson, Biomedical Research Manager. Dr. Julian Smith III, Director of the Microscopy, manages the microscopy suite and often shares his expertise with many of the INBRE investigators and also collaborates on numerous INBRE projects. The Biology Department houses only half of the Biomedical Core Research Laboratory. Additional equipment is housed in the Department of Chemistry in the recently renovated 60,000 sq. ft. Sims Science Building.
The core molecular biology facility is currently undergoing renovations in Dalton Hall. Many of the equipment for the facility has already been purchased. The facility will be equipped with a real-time PCR machine, several thermocyclers, an RT-PCR hood, an RNA workbench, waterbaths, heatblocks, electrophoresis equipment, and several other minor equipment items for performing routine molecular biology applications.
In addition, Dalton Hall possesses a major microscopy suite that includes a Zeiss Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), ISI Scanning electron Microscope (SEM), a Molecular Dynamics MD 2001Multiprobe confocal laser scanning microscope system, and two inverted light microscopes.