The Appell Life Sciences Building features updated laboratory spaces, multiple specialty spaces (tissue culture suite, microscopy lab, walk-in cold room), research and preparation spaces, and student and faculty conference rooms for the departments of Biological Sciences, Behavioral Sciences and Education.
We have high-quality microscopes in each lab, tissue culture capabilities, chromatography equipment, spectrophotometers, high speed centrifuges, thermal cyclers, and a wide assortment of electrophoresis, blotting and imaging equipment. All of our Biology laboratories are also equipped with wireless computer technology, allowing students to access the campus network and input and analyze data directly in the lab.
Our students have the opportunity to do research in our Tissue Culture Suite. Tissue culture is the growth of tissues and/or cells separate from the organism. This room features four 6' biosaftety level II cell culture hoods that are supported by two CO2 incubators, centrifuge, and an inverted microscope with digital camera.
Our facilities includes a modern Microscopy suite. Microscopy is the technical field of using microscopes to view samples and objects that cannot be seen with the unaided eye (objects that are not within the resolution range of the normal eye). This room features multiple fluorescent compound light and dissection microscopes that are connected to digital cameras and supported with imaging software to capture and analysis images.
Our Student Research Room includes a Walk-in Cold Room which provides an environment with precise combination of humidity and temperature climates to meet experimental and storage needs for biological research. The Student Research Area is a phenomenal space for students to conduct their Senior Thesis research. The Senior Thesis course is our capstone course and is a requirement for all Biology majors.