Resources & Research Facilities

Resources of the Department of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College

Facilities

The Department owns and operates the Department of Biological Sciences Light Microscopy Facility which houses a Zeiss AxioplanII equipped for phase, fluorescence, and DIC microscopy. This microscope is equipped with a new Retiga-SRV camera and Phyllum Live software (including 3-D rendering and deconvolution). Also available is a Leica MZ12 stereomicroscope with epifluorescence equipment. Digital imaging is possible using a cooled, RGB high-resolution Optronics CCD camera. The Microscopy Facility houses a Quorum Technologies Spinning Disk confocal and a Nikon A1RSi Confocal Microscope system equipped with a PicoQuant FLIM,FCS module.  This facility also houses the important historical microscope that R.D. Allen used to develop Allen Video-Enhanced Contrast Microscopy.

 Congratulations to Prof. Patrick Dolph and Yashodhan Chinchore on their recent cover of PLOS Genetics! This cover image was taken with the Leica TCS SP confocal.

 

Shared Equipment

Shared equipment housed in the Department includes several refrigerated preparative centrifuges, two Beckman tabletop ultracentrifuges, two full-size ultracentrifuges, a , several gel documentation systems, a Kodak X-ray film processor and a sonifier cell disrupter. In addition, the Department has a Molecular Dynamics  Typhoon 9600 Imaging system complete with ImageQuant software for phosphor radioisotope imaging as well as gel and blot analysis using fluorescence and chemiluminescence detection methods.

 

Temperature / Light Controlled Space

The Department is equipped with several constant temperature rooms rooms. Additional facilities include a Drosophila media kitchen as well as 2 dark-rooms. Plant growth chambers are housed in several locations within the building and include three walk-in temperature/light/humidity plant growth chambers and several individual Percival incubators.

 

Research Greenhouse

The Life Sciences Center has state of the art research greenhouse space. This glass greenhouse has light, irrigation, temperature and humidity controls operated by an Arugs controller.

Ecological Studies

For ecological studies, the glaciated terrain of New Hampshire and Vermont offers innumerable streams, ponds, bogs and extensive deciduous and coniferous forests. Alpine tundra and coastal habitats are within a 1-2 hour drive. Several areas owned by the college are available for teaching and research, including the Dartmouth College Grant, a 26,000-acre tract in northern New Hampshire. The nearby White Mountain National Forest and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest are used extensively for teaching and research by Dartmouth faculty and students.

 

Other Dartmouth Resources

Additional facilities associated with the Department include, the Rippel Electron Microscope Facility equipped with both transmission and scanning electron microscopes, and the Center for Biological and Biomedical Computing (CBBC) which includes an assortment of computer hardware and software for molecular applications. The Molecular Biology Core facility on campus provides oligonucleotide and oligopeptide synthesis as well as DNA and peptide sequencing services at reagent-cost pricing.

Other resources available at Dartmouth include the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries, the Koop Institute, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Dartmouth Medical School, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.