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The research and teaching laboratories in the Biochemistry program utilize instrumentation and facilities from both the Department of Chemistry and Biology. 

Major instrumentation located in the Department of Biology includes

  • scanning and transmission electron microscopes
  • a laser capture microdissection microscope
  • fluorescence microscopes
  • phase contrast microscopes
  • numerous brightfield and dissecting microscopes.
  • flow cytometers (2)
  • thermal cyclers for quantitative PCR (2)
  • several gradient PCR cyclers
  • several standard thermal cyclers
  • plate readers with fluorescence/luminescence capacity 
  • X-ray film processor
  • gel documentation systems, including super cooled cameras
  • several UV-VIS spectrophotometers including two Nanodrop spectrophotometers
  • a 96 capillary automated DNA sequencer
  • an ultracentrifuge, several superspeed centrifuges, and clinical centrifuges
  • laminar flow hoods (11) with nearby water jacketed CO2 incubators
  • a variety of standard incubators, both  shaking and stationary
  • extensive liquid nitrogen and ultra-low temperature storage capacity. 
  • walk-in cold rooms (2)
  • autoclaves (3)
  • dishwashers and ovens available for lab preparation. 
  • A vivarium is located in Mendel Science Center

Major instrumentation in The Department of Chemistry includes

  • BioRad Benchmark Plus UV-Vis plate reader
  • BioRad iMark UV-Vis plate reader
  • UVP EC3 imaging system
  • Techne TC3000G thermal cycler
  • BioRad T100 thermal cyclers (2)
  • New Brunswick Excella E25 incubator/shaker
  • New Brunswick C25KC incubator/shaker
  • Sorvall RCB5 Plus refrigerated high speed centrifuge and rotors
  • Sorvall RC5C refrigerated high speed centrifuge and rotors
  • Kendro-Sorvall ultra-microcentrifuge and rotors
  • Multiple Nanopure water purification systems
  • New Brunswick Ultra low temperature Freezer
  • U725 Innova So-Low Environmental ultra low temperature freezer
  • Liquid nitrogen cell storage system
  • Branson sonifiers (2): 450W and 250W with microtip and cuphorn
  • Laminar flow hoods (2)
  • water-jacketed CO2 incubators (3)
  • EVOS XL Core inverted light microscope (bright phase and phase contrast) with digital screen and camera
  • Motic AE2000 inverted light microscope
  • Thermo Scientific Biomate 6 UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • BTX electroporation system
  • Hybaid hybridization oven
  • UVP CC-1000 UV crosslinker
  • SNAP i.d. Protein Detection System
  • Bio-Rad BioLogic DuoFlow 10 FPLC
  • Avestin EmulsiFlex-C5 high-pressure homogenizer
  • Bio-Rad Personal Molecular Imager (phosphorimager)
  • Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 100 and 300 Atomic absorption spectrophotometers
  • Fluourimeters (3)
  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum One FTIR (3)
  • Perkim Elmer FX FTIR
  • Varian Mercury 300 and XL-300 NMRs
  • Perkin Elmer Lambda 35 UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • Bruker X-Ray Diffractometer
  • Perkin Elmer Polarimeter
  • Bruker Tracer III-V SD Handheld XRF
  • Jarell Ash ICP Atomic Emission Spectrophotometer
  • Multilpe chemiluminescence analyzers (nitrogen and sulfur)
  • Shimadzu QP-2010 Plus GC/MS Varian 3400/Finnigan MAT ion-trap GC/MS
  • Varian 3900/2100T ion-trap GC/MS
  • Hewlett Packard 5890 GC/FID (3)
  • Shimadzu GC/FID
  • Thermo Trace GC/ECD  Waters 600/480 LC HPLC
  • Varian Prostar Thermo and HP 1050  HPLCs
  • Lumex International Capel-150 Capillary Electrophoresis
  • Shimadzo Prominence HPLC (3)
  • Applied Biosystems 3200 Q-TRAP MS/MS  and API 2000 MS/MS
  • Thermodyne Tube Furnace
  • Differential scanning calorimeter 
  • thin film spinner
  • glove boxes (3)
  • solvent purification system
  • Dionex ASE200 Accelerated Solvent extractor

Villanova Biochemistry at a Glance

mendel science center

Degrees Offered: BS

Core Faculty: 14

Undergraduate Majors: 100 (each incoming class has approximately 25 students)

Equipment: Complete array of modern instrumentation.

Building:  Mendel Science Center