Instrumentation

George Babatunde Olawuni adds growth medium to a human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line in the laminar flow hood.
George Babatunde Olawuni adds growth medium to a human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line in the laminar flow hood.
The Tali image-based cytometer is used to perform automated cell counts and quantitative red/green fluorescence measurements.
The Tali image-based cytometer is used to perform automated cell counts and quantitative red/green fluorescence measurements.

Our laboratories house four HERAcell 150i incubators and three Thermo Napco 8000 WJ incubators, all with humidified atmospheric control, 5% CO2, flexible temperature settings, and optional adaptation to a Pfeiffer Cellspin stirring platform for spinner flask cell culture; one Thermo Napco 8000 WJ incubator is connected to a nitrogen gas source for short-term hypoxic exposure; two laminar flow hoods ((a.k.a. bio-safety cabinets): a Thermo Scientific 1300 Series Class II and a Baker Company SterilGARD VBM-600); a light microscope for standard bright-field visualization and equipped with a Nikon digital camera and NIS-Elements image capture and optimization software; and an EVOS FLoid cell imaging station for bright-field and red/green/blue fluorescence visualization and image capture.

EVOS Floid instrument specifications

Options for cell counting: a hemocytometer slide for manual counting; a Tali image-based cell counter and a Millipore Scepter handheld cell counter for automated counting. Single-use materials for Tali counting and for Scepter counting.

The Neon electroporation transfection system is used to introduce new nucleic acid sequences into eukaryotic cells.
The Neon electroporation transfection system is used to introduce new nucleic acid sequences into eukaryotic cells.

Our Neon® electroporation system is designed for eukaryotic cell transfections. Single-use materials for Neon transfection.

Western blotting, also known as immunoblotting, uses highly specific antibodies to detect proteins of interest in biological samples.
Western blotting, also known as immunoblotting, uses highly specific antibodies to detect proteins of interest in biological samples.
Paige Bothwell observes while Doaa Alshammari carefully loads each lane of a vertical gel before electrophoresis.
Paige Bothwell observes while Doaa Alshammari carefully loads each lane of a vertical gel before electrophoresis.

Samples can be homogenized with our Fisher Scientific cup horn sonication system and quantified with our Thermo Scientific NanoDrop 2000 spectrophotometer and NanoDrop 2000/2000c quantification and spectral analysis software. Western blot analysis is performed using a Bio-Rad Mini-PROTEAN Tetra vertical electrophoresis and Western blotting system, and single-use precast gels compatible with the Mini-PROTEAN system.

The Eppendorf Mastercycler Realplex is used to perform real time, quantitative analysis of gene expression in biological samples.
The Eppendorf Mastercycler Realplex is used to perform real time, quantitative analysis of gene expression in biological samples.
The Invitrogen Life Technologies E-Gel imager and accompanying software allows for visualization of PCR products and image editing.
The Invitrogen Life Technologies E-Gel imager and accompanying software allows for visualization of PCR products and image editing.
The Applied Biosystems SimpliAmp thermocycler is used for standard PCR reactions.
The Applied Biosystems SimpliAmp thermocycler is used for standard PCR reactions.
Jason Misurelli uses the Mastercycler Ep Realplex software to visualize gene amplification in real time.
Jason Misurelli uses the Mastercycler Ep Realplex software to visualize gene amplification in real time.

RNA sample preparation and analysis: clean sample preparation can be performed in our Fisher Scientific PCR workstation, and standard PCR reactions can be run on our Applied Biosystems SimpliAmp thermocycler and then visualized on our Invitrogen Life Technologies E-Gel Imager with GelQuant Express analysis software and GelCapture acquisition software. For RT-qPCR applications, we have an Eppendorf Mastercycler Realplex and single-use 96-well plates compatible with this Eppendorf RT-qPCR instrument.

The Epoch UV-Vis microplate spectrophotometer enables a broad range of applications that require absorbance-based measurements and reliable replication.
The Epoch UV-Vis microplate spectrophotometer enables a broad range of applications that require absorbance-based measurements and reliable replication.
The BioTek Cytation 5 microplate spectrophotometer is an advanced instrument with the capacity to measure fluorescence intensity in addition to UV-Vis spectra.
The BioTek Cytation 5 microplate spectrophotometer is an advanced instrument with the capacity to measure fluorescence intensity in addition to UV-Vis spectra.
The Centro XS³ LB 960 luminometer is used for glow and flash luminescence assays.
The Centro XS³ LB 960 luminometer is used for glow and flash luminescence assays.
Bacterial colony isolation and plasmid propagation is performed in separate laboratory spaces dedicated to microbiology.
Bacterial colony isolation and plasmid propagation is performed in separate laboratory spaces dedicated to microbiology.

To facilitate bacterial cell culture our microbiology laboratory is equipped with a Baker Company SterilGARD VBM-600 laminar flow hood (a.k.a. bio-safety cabinet), a large floor model Lab-Line orbital incubator shaker, three general purpose benchtop incubators, a New Brunswick C24 benchtop incubator shaker, an Eppendorf biophotometer with quartz crystal cuvettes, a Lab-Line Shak-R-Bath, a Cole-Parmer UV crosslinker, a large refrigerated benchtop centrifuges, a small room temperature microfuge, a water bath, gas line and Bunsen burner adaptors, a chemical fume hood, gram scales and differential storages (4°C and -20°C).

  • Room 119
    • Chemical fume hood
    • Large and small benchtop centrifuges
    • Mettler Toledo S20 SevenEasy pH meter
    • Fisher Scientific Isotemp block heater
    • Dry metal bead bath
    • Microplate shaker
    • Vortexes
    • Gram and milligram scales
    • Barnstead Nanopure Ultrapure water system
    • Differential storages (4°C, -20°C, -80°C, and -190°C liquid nitrogen cryopreserve)
  • Room 113
    • Chemical fume hood
    • Thermo Scientific Savant SpeedVac vacuum concentrator
    • Wescor Vapro vapor pressure osmometer
    • Gram and milligram scales
    • Barnstead Nanopure Ultrapure water system
    • Differential storages (37°C, 4°C, and -20°C)

Contact Us

Barrie Bode, Ph.D.
Core Lab Director
COVID-19 Waste Water Surveillance
Professor, Biological Sciences
bodebp@niu.edu

Paige Bothwell, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Lab Manager
pbothwell1@niu.edu