Biology

Lazary Bio Science Center

Facilities and equipment for research and teaching

The Biology Department, housed in the Cathy '83 and Marc '81 Lasry Center for Bioscience building completed in 2005, houses an autoclave and dish room and facilities supporting both teaching and research activities. These include:
• a dark room equipped with a UV transilluminator and gel documentation system;
• an image analysis facility housing a Nikon Eclipse e600 stereo microscope with a RT Slider Spot digital camera and a Nikon SMZ 800 dissecting microscope with a Canon Powershot S313 camera, each with dedicated computers;
• 4º C and 37º C walk-in environmental chambers.

Additionally, the Biology Department owns an array of laboratory and field equipment available for both teaching and research activities, including the following:
• MX3000P real-time PCR machine
• BioRad C1000 thermal cycler
• MJ Research PTC 200 thermal cycler
• Fuji FLA4000 imager
• Fuji FLA 7000 Phosphoimager
• Shimadzu UV-1550 PC spectrophotometer
• ThermoElectron Nanodrop Lite spectrophotometer
• A collection of ThermoElectron 4001 Genysis 20 digital spectrophotometers
• Sorval RC6, RC-5C and RC-5B high speed centrifuges
• Sorval Legend Micro17 and Galaxy 14D microfuge collections
• Percival I-30 algae growth chamber
• Chlorophyll and Walz PAM-2500 flourometers
• Backpack electroshocker
• Savant SC1100 SpeedVac
• Collections of Canon and Panasonic still and video cameras for use in animal behavior studies
• Shared minus 80°C freezers
• An extensive collection of small laboratory and field equipment used in teaching as well as in undergraduate and graduate student research (including analytical balances, digital and dial calipers, Hewlett Packard and Mac laptop computers, electrophoresis apparatus, hand-held GPS units, incubators, heat and stir plates, microscopes, oscilloscopes and arbitrary function generators, pipettors and pipet aids, shakers, vortexers, and waterbaths.)

Biology also has access to a variety of equipment held in the Sackler Science Center and to a 48-node Linux-based parallel computing cluster housed in the ITS server room (Carlson Hall).

Support for equipment purchases has come (in part) from two National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Awards (supporting the image analysis facility and computing cluster) and grants from the W. M. Keck Foundation and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

Lasry Center for Bioscience - a leader in environmental architecture

Clark's Cathy '83 and Marc '81 Lasry Center for Bioscience is a 50,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that is home for Clark's Biology Department. View a slide show of our state-of-the-art Lasry Biosciences Building.

In fall 2007, the Lasry Center received a LEED Gold Certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System. The Lasry Center is the first building in Worcester to receive the LEED Gold certification. The LEED Gold is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:

  • sustainable site development
  • water savings
  • energy efficiency
  • materials selection
  • indoor environmental quality.

Blending science, beauty and community

Designed by Tsoi/Kobus and Associates of Cambridge, Mass., the Lasry Center for Bioscience includes two classrooms, seven teaching labs and 12 research labs, 14 faculty offices, two conference rooms and three lounge spaces. It also includes am imaging facility, dark room and many lab-support spaces that allow for more shared equipment. But the facility is not your typical science building. Light fills the laboratories and classrooms and floods the dramatic atrium lobby through banks of windows. Accents in warm wood and the greens, blues and yellows on the walls give visitors a welcome feeling as they enter.

Throughout the building, there are sitting areas with soft chairs, tables and whiteboards to give students a place to work and collaborate. The building, including the front lawn, is also wireless, making it easier for students to work in the building.

Art meets Science

Sixteen Clark art students in art professor Elli Crocker's Drawing the Body class created a biology-inspired mural which now hangs in the Lasry Center. The students each designed four 12-by-12-inch tiles that, when placed together, make up one large 8-by-8-foot square. These super-enlarged interior images of the human body depict red blood cells, white blood cells, brain neurons and skeletal muscle fiber.