Research Equipment

The Department of Biological Sciences believes in providing students with research-grade, state-of-the-art equipment, both for learning and for research. We are always expanding and upgrading our suite of equipment, so our equipment list is not exhaustive.

Bay Instruments Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometer

Bay Instruments Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometer

An augmented Pfeiffer Vacuum quadrupole MS optimized for high precision dissolved gas measurements. Capable of direct measurement of dissolved N2, O2 and Ar concentrations in environmental water samples. Purchased with funding from NSF. More details available at the manufacturer’s web site.

Location: Dow 714
Contact: Amy M. Marcarelli


BD Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer

BD Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer

A personal flow cytometer equipped with a blue and a red laser, two light scatter detectors, and four fluorescence detectors with optical filters optimized for the detection of fluorochromes such as FITC, PE, PerCP, and APC. More details available at the manufacturer’s web site.

Partial funding from DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, and the Michigan Tech Life Science and Technology Institute (formerly the Michigan Tech Biotechnology Research Center).

Location: Dow 417
Contact: Erika I. Hersch-Green


Confocal Microscope

Confocal Microscope

Used for three-dimensional fluorescence visualization. A specialized optical microscope system comprised of Spinning Disk Confocal Head (Yokogawa CSUX1), a Nikon Eclipse Ti inverted microscope outfitted with 10x and 60x oil immersionlenses and a precision motorized stage. The system is coupled with a high-resolution, high-frame-rate camera (Photometrics Cool SNAPHQ2). Light sources include lines of 488, 561, 642 nm. The system is controlled with Metamorph software.

Partial funding from the Michigan Tech Life Science and Technology Institute.

Location: Dow 411
Contact: Jeff Lewin


SRI model 8610C Gas Chromatograph

SRI model 8610C Gas Chromatograph

A compact, versatile laboratory GC equipped with ECD, TCD and FID detectors. Can be configured to detect a variety of organic and inorganic gasses; most frequently used in this lab to analyze CO2, methane, nitrous oxide, acetylene, ethylene, and sulfur hexafluoride. More details available at the manufacturer’s web site.

Location: Dow 714
Contact: Amy M. Marcarelli


Turner Trilogy Lab Fluorometer

Turner Trilogy® Lab Fluorometer

Measures fluorescence, absorbance and turbidity and is optimized for measuring chlorophyll a, rhodamine, fluorescein dye, cyanobacteria, CDOM/FDOM and ammonium in environmental water samples. More details available at the manufacturer’s web site.

Location: Dow 714
Contact: Amy M. Marcarelli


Typhoon FLA 9000 Biomolecular Imager

Typhoon FLA 9000 Biomolecular Imager

High-resolution biomolecular imager capable of detecting storage phosphor, chemiluminescence, and multiplex fluorescence with 473 nm, 532 nm, and 625 nm excitation. Analysis done with ImageQuant software.

Location: Dow 419
Contact: Xioaqing Tang