Undergraduate Program in Biological Sciences
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Major instrumentation

The department of biological sciences is committed to the purchase and maintenance of state-of-the-art equipment which facilitates ongoing education and research. Below is a listing of all major equipment that can be found in the department's shared areas. This equipment is in addition to the equipment that furnishes individual researchers' labs.

Flow Cytometry
Gel/Blot Imaging
Tissue Sectioning
Additional Instrumentation


Beckman L-90K ultracentrifuge
Beckman L8-55M ultracentrifuge
Beckman J2-21M high-speed centrifuge
Sorvall RC-5B high-speed centrifuge
Sorvall Legend RT benchtop centrifuge

The department maintains a collection of various centrifuges available for general use. These include large floor-model ultracentrifuges and high-speed centrifuges, as well as smaller benchtop instruments. A collection of rotors is also available. Users must provide their own tubes.

Flow Cytometry

Please visit the page dedicated to our state-of-the-art flow cytometer.

Gel/Blot Imaging

Fotodyne gel imager
BioRad ChemiDoc MP imager
Molecular Dynamics Storm 840
Konica SRX-101 automatic film processor

The department has a number of instruments available for imaging gels or blots. The Fotodyne imager can be used for ethidium bromide or SYBR gels, as well as white-light imaging. The ChemiDoc can also image EtBr and SYBR, but is also capable of imaging multiplex fluorescent blots and chemi-luminescence. The Storm scanner is a phosphorimager but is also equipped with a 450nm laser for imaging chemi-luminescent blots. A dark room and automatic film processor are also available for more traditional blot detection methods.


Please visit the page dedicated to the wide variety of microscopes available in the department.


Beckman DU800 Uv/Vis spectrophotometer
NanoDrop 2000 Spectrophotometer
Tecan Infinite M200 Pro absorbance/fluorescence plate reader with NanoQuant plate
Thermo Fluoroskan Ascent FL plate reader for fluorescence and luminescence

The department has a number of instruments available for measuring absorbance, fluorescence, and luminescence of samples. The DU800 spectrophotometer holds standard cuvettes while the NanoDrop can be used to measure samples of 1-2ul. The Infinite M200 plate reader can read single wavelengths or wavelength scans of absorbance or fluorescence. The Ascent plate reader can read luminescence. There are also additional benchtop spectrophotometers available.

Tissue Sectioning

Leica SM2000R sliding microtomes
Bright OTF5000 cryostat
Leica EM UC6 ultramicrotome

The department has a number of sliding microtomes with freezing stages available for sectioning of tissue for histology. In addition, we have a Bright OTF5000 cryostat. For sectioning at an ultra-thin level for electron microscopy the Leica EM UC6 ultramicrotome is available. Users must provide their own blades for the ultramicrotome and sliding microtomes. Cryostat blades are available for purchase from the department.

Additional Instrumentation

Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer
Agilent G2565AA microarray scanner
Thermal cyclers
Corbett BDR3 RotorGene qRT PCR machine (tube format)
Applied Biosystems 7300 qRT PCR machine (plate format)
Qiagen Qiagility robotic liquid dispenser
Beckman LS6500 scintillation counter
Beckman G5500 gamma counter
BioRad GenePulser Xcell electroporator
GE Healthcare AKTA Start chromatography system
Brandel Density Gradient Fractionation System
Probe sonicator
VirTis Benchtop Pro 9L EL-85 lyophilizer
Thermo Savant DNA120 speedvac concentrator
BioRad Trans-Blot Turbo transfer system
Consolidated Autoclaves
Lancer 820LX laboratory glassware washers
Pipette washers



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Biological Sciences
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-758-3680
Fax: 610-758-4004
Email: inbios@lehigh.edu