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State-of-the-Art Research Facilities

The Center for Biotechnology boasts modern laboratories, directed by nationally recognized research faculty associated with the Center.  The research facilities are equipped with state-of-the art instrumentation comprising more than 15,000 square feet of combined laboratory space located on the Duquesne University Campus.

Among the facilities relevant to the Center are high-tech laboratories and cell culture facilities for molecular and cellular components that provide all necessary equipment for culture and analysis of anaerobes and biochemical and molecular techniques, such as anaerobic chambers, thermocyclers, superspeed- and ultracentrifuges, ultralow freezers, DNA analyzers, spectrophotometers, and electrophoresis units.

A nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility includes a 500 MHz and two 300 NMR spectrometers. Other major spectroscopy equipment are single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, ICP mass-spectrometers and a great number of other state-of-the-art spectroscopy and separation instruments. Two imaging facilities equipped with a Nikon Eclipse E600 epifluorescence light microscope, Hitachi S-510 scanning and a Phillips 201 transmission electron microscope are available. Projects focusing on computational analysis take advantage of a supercomputing facility that includes an IBM RISC System/600 SP supercomputer model 3A8.

A pharmaceutical manufacturing laboratory equipped with spray dryer, fluid bed dryer and various tablet presses supports research in drug delivery projects. The fully equipped, computerized Kristen McMaster Human Movement Laboratory serves research in muscle coactivation and replacement surgery for the knee. A Psychophysics Laboratory serves research in neurobiology and other specialized facilities are dedicated to neurological tissue studies, RNA/DNA isolation, and human anatomy.