Below is some of the equipment that we have accumulated at BUGSS for use by our members and in our workshops. Our goal is to provide the same level of instrumentation and equipment that you might find in a college teaching lab or modestly equiped research lab. As a member of BUGSS you have a voice in what equipment we get!
It's an oldy but a goody. Our Alpha Innotech gel imager uses a cooled CCD camera to allow us to capture images of stained DNA, protein and chemiluminescent western blots. The software can be configured to do densitometry and quantification of specific bands and we can use the white light illumination to image cells.
Electrophoresis units galore. BUGSS was able to scarf up some great electrophoresis gear from a company going out of buisness. We've got units for running small pre-formed protein gels and for running larger pour your own polyacrylamide gels as well as doing 2D electrophoresis. If western blotting is your thing we've got both tank and semi-dry units. We've also got a selection of horizontal electrophoresis units, and even a complete CHEF DRII unit!
Come and see what your grand-pappy did PCR with! Actually we've got both the old and new at BUGSS - an original Perkin Elmer 480 machine circa 1988, and a BioRad icycler with dual 48 well blocks and a 96 well module. No RT-PCR units yet, but we're keeping our eyes open.
Our baxter steriguard provides a class 100 area for working with cells and cultures that you really don't want contaminated.
The Tomy vertical autoclave is used to prepare sterile solutions, glassware, and other items as well as sterilize the labs biohazardous waste by heating up to 121 degrees C at 15 psi. The vertical design allows tall items such as large flasks, spinner bottles, and bioreactors to be sterilized.
We have several high speed (17,000 x g) microfuges and hope to acquire a larger capacity table top centrifuge in the near future.
Balances, stir plates, and pH / conductivity meter
Mainly used for preparing media and other laboratory solutions.
BUGSS is equipped with standard microbial incubators for growing cells and a gyrorotary shaking water bath for cultivation of bacterial and yeast cells in liquid media.
-70 C freezer
Used for long term storage of microbial (bacteria and yeast) and some mammalian cells. This is where our Master cells banks are kept with lots of biological parts to play with.
400 Liter Fermenter
Ok we really don't have one of these. Just wanted to see if you're paying attention :)