Resources & Research Facilities


The Department owns and operates the Department of Biological Sciences Light Microscopy Facility which houses a Quorum Technologies WaveFX Spinning Disk confocal, a Nikon A1RSi Confocal Microscope system equipped with a PicoQuant FLIM, FCS module, TIRF microscope, Zeiss LSM 880 with Airyscan and an Olympus multi-photon.

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, sonifier cell disrupter, Tecan Spark 10M plate reader, BioRad Chemi-Doc and two Nano Drops.


Temperature / Light Controlled Space

The Department is equipped with several constant temperature rooms rooms. Additional facilities include a Drosophila media kitchen.  The department maintains several reach-in plant growth chambers.  The facility also has two walk-in growth chambers and a roof-top greenhouse.


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 Argus controllers.


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. 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 Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.