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.

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 Biotechnology Research Center.

Location: Dow 417
Contact: Dr. Aparna Deshpande


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, 642nm. The system is controlled with Metamorph software.

Partial funding from the Michigan Tech Biotechnology Research Center.

Location: Dow 411
Contact: Dr. Aparana Deshpande


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: Dr. Aparna Deshpande or Dr. Xioaqing Tang