Science Labs and Facilities

Lasry Center for BioscienceLasry Center for Bioscience

Clark’s science facilities include the Cathy ‘83 and Marc ‘81 Lasry Center for Bioscience, as well as the Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center.

All of the University's science facilities feature:

  • Research laboratories for faculty and their undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Flexible teaching laboratories, well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology, which accommodate a variety of instructional approaches.
  • Classrooms and seminar rooms that incorporate modern technology and facilitate interactions among students and between faculty and students.
  • Common-use spaces that promote collaboration and collegiality.

Science facilities also house a centralized science library and computer facilities, including a parallel computing cluster.

In addition, the science research and teaching laboratories comprise a variety of shared-use, state-of-the-art equipment, including:

  • An electron spin resonance spectrometer
  • Three high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers
  • Multiple spectrophotometers
  • A Walz PAM-2500 fluorometer
  • A MX3000P real-time PCR machine
  • A Fuji FLA4000 imager
  • Multiple gel documentation systems
  • A 50 tesla pulsed magnetic field
  • A 6 GHz oscilloscope
  • A SQUID magnetometer
  • A scanning tunneling microscope
  • A Varian Medical Systems micro-focus x-ray CT machine
  • An x-ray powder diffractometer
  • A gel permeation chromatograph
  • A thermogravimetric analyzer
  • A multiplexing-capable impedance spectrometer

The Fairchild Imaging Facility houses scanning electron microscopes and an atomic force microscope. The equipment is routinely used in research conducted by collaborative laboratory groups including faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students.

Lasry Center for Bioscience

Completed in 2005, the 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Lasry Center for Bioscience received Gold certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. It houses teaching laboratories, lecture halls, faculty offices and research laboratories used by faculty and students in biology and biochemistry and molecular biology.

Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center

The Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center and its affiliated buildings — Jeppson Laboratory and the Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science Building — include many newly renovated research, teaching and office spaces used by faculty and their students in biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, mathematics and computer science.

The Carlson Science Library in the Sackler Sciences Center has an excellent collection of more than 7,200 books and almost 400 scientific journals. Important adjuncts are our Electronics Shop and Instrument Shop.

Biology Facilities and Equipment

The Biology Department, located in the Cathy '83 and Marc '81 Lasry Center for Bioscience, houses an autoclave and dish room as well as facilities and equipment supporting both teaching and research activities. These include:

  • A dark room equipped with a UV transilluminator, gel documentation system and phosphorimager.
  • Molecular biology equipment including a Qubit fluorometer, Nanodrop spectrophotometer and MX3000P real-time PCR machine.
  • An image analysis facility housing a Nikon Eclipse e600 compound microscope with fluorescence and DIC capability, a SPOT RT Slider digital camera and Nikon SMZ stereo microscope.
  • 4º C and 37º C walk-in environmental chambers.

In addition, the Biology Department owns an array of laboratory and field equipment available for both teaching and research activities. Learn more about the department's laboratory and field equipment.

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 — which support the image analysis facility and computing cluster — and grants from the W. M. Keck Foundation and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

Chemistry Facilities and Equipment

The Chemistry Department is housed in the Jeppson Laboratory (completed in 1969) and in the Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center (built in 1984). The Sackler Sciences Center (24,000 square feet) connects Jeppson and the Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science Building (renovated in 2005). Jeppson contains approximately 27,000 square feet of floor space devoted to research laboratories and undergraduate teaching laboratories as well as lecture and seminar rooms and department offices. In September 1984, Jeppson became part of the Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center. The new facilities, constructed at a cost of $8 million, house research and teaching laboratories, classrooms, seminar rooms and a 5,000-square-foot science library.

Within the Sackler Sciences Center, the Chemistry Department has access to state-of-the-art equipment for structure determination and assessment of macromolecular dynamics, thermodynamic studies, kinetic studies, molecular biology, and protein purification. The department is also well-equipped with a large array of computer work stations to facilitate both sophisticated computations and the visualization of complex biomolecular structures.

Learn more about equipment in the Chemistry Department facilities.

Physics Facilities and Equipment

The Physics Department's well-equipped teaching laboratories are dedicated to computer simulations, electronics, optics, atomic and nuclear physics and materials science. Much of the equipment has been purchased with teaching grants from the National Science Foundation or has been used in the department's research laboratories. In addition to these laboratories, most physics majors work in one of the department's well-equipped research laboratories in condensed matter physics.

All of the physics research labs use computers to control experiments and to collect and analyze data. The many microcomputers and the four RISC workstations in the department are available at all times to physics majors. These computers are linked by ethernet to the general-purpose University computers and by the Internet to workstations and supercomputers at other institutions.

In addition, the Carlson Science Library in the Sackler Sciences Center has an excellent collection of over 7,200 books and almost 400 scientific journals.

Faculty and students also have access to the Electronics Shop and Instrument Shop.

Computer Science Facilities and Equipment

Students and faculty have access to 24 state-of-the-art computers running Linux and Windows. The Computer Science Department and its student systems administrators manage the Linux partition. Computer Science students use the lab to obtain teaching assistant (TA) hours and to participate in group projects. Learn more about the computer lab.

Faculty Research Laboratories

Clark also features a number of research laboratories for faculty and their undergraduate and graduate students:

Department(s) Principal Investigator(s) Research Focus
Biology John Baker, Susan Foster The Stickleback Lab: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Biology Philip Bergmann Evolutionary Functional Morphology
Biology Robert Drewell Gene Expression
Biology John Gibbons Genome Structure, Function and Evolution
Biology David Hibbett Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Fungi
Biology Denis Larochelle Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology Todd Livdahl Ecology and Evolution in Mosquito Populations
Biology Néva Meyer Evolution of Nervous System Development
Biology Deborah Robertson Regulation of Primary Productivity in Marine Ecosystems
Biology Justin Thackeray Genetics and Cellular/Molecular Biology
Chemistry Sergio Granados-Focil New Polymeric Materials for Renewable Energy Alternatives
Chemistry and Biochemistry Shuanghong (Sharon) Huo Computational Chemistry & Biophysics
Chemistry and Biochemistry Donald Spratt HECT E3 Ubiquitin Ligases and the Ubiquitylation-Signaling Pathway
Chemistry Charles Jakobsche Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
Chemistry Noel Lazo Biophysical Chemistry of Protein Misfolding and Self-Assembly in Disease
Environmental Science Karen Frey Polar Science Research Lab
Physics Arshad Kudrolli Complex Matter and Nonlinear Physics
Physics Michael Boyer Nanoscale Investigations of Physical and Chemical Systems
Multidisciplinary Various faculty Active Matter