The Department of Biology, housed in Winton Scott Hall, has undergone recent, multi-million dollar renovations, providing both research and teaching facilities that are state of the art.
The Department of Biology operates two cell and molecular biology research equipment core laboratories. The first is a 340-square-foot laboratory that includes a Beckman Coulter Allegra 6R centrifuge, Eppendorf Vacufuge Plus, MP FastPrep 24 tissue disruptor, Kodak Gel Logic 200 imaging system, Syngene G:Box chemi/fluor imaging system, BMG Labtech FLUOstar Omega fluorescence/luminescence plate reader, Thermo Scientific Nanodrop 1000 spectrophotometer, ABI StepOne Plus real time thermocycler, ABI 3130XL genetic analyzer, and a Becton Dickenson FACSCalibur flow cytometer. Nearby is a second 300-square-foot core laboratory that includes a Beckman L8-60M ultracentrifuge, a Leica CM1900 cryostat, and a Zeiss Axiovert 200 fluorescent microscope, as well as two -80° freezers and liquid nitrogen storage.
The Department of Biology also oversees two additional microscope rooms that are part of an imaging core, one room contains a Zeiss AxioImager Z1 with Apotome and MicroBrightField Stereo Investigator software and the other a Zeiss LSM 710 laser scanning confocal microscope.
Other research equipment in faculty labs includes Promega Maxwell 16 Research system for the automated extraction of DNA, RNA and proteins from cell cultures and tissues; BioRad CFX Real time qPCR detection system; BioRad T100 thermal cycler; Molecular devices GenePix 4000B Microarray scanner.
TCU’s Mary Couts Burnett library, including on-line resources and personnel, is considered a strength by the biology faculty.