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Facilities & Instrumentation

ASDRP is proud to provide students with two of our own BSL-1 (Biohazard Safety Level 1) lab spaces that house the following research-grade instrumentation and equipment, which represent over $500,000 worth of apparatus:

  • Nanalysis NMReady 60 MHz Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer (1)

  • Bio-Rad SmartSpec 3000 UV-visible spectrophotometer (1)

  • Nanopore DNA sequencer (1)

  • Spectrofluorometer (1)

  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (3)

  • Hoefer DNA Florometer (1)

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction Thermal Cycler (1)

  • Paramount Volatile Carbon Vapor Fume Hood (2)

  • ROBO 3D Printer (2)

  • Gel Electrophoresis Station (1)

  • Aerosol VOC concentration meter (2)

  • High-power microcentrifuge (4)

  • DigitalBlue digital microscope (1)

  • Benchtop shaker (3)

  • Thermal Incubator (1)

  • UV Photoreactor (1)

  • Princeton Applied Research Model 362 Scanning Research Potentiostat (1)

  • LabLine Incubated Shaker (1)

  • Magnisonic Ultrasonicator (1)

  • Thermo Fisher Varioskan Microplate Reader (1)

  • BioRAD Electrophoresis Station (2)

  • Rotary Evaporator (1)

  • Confocal Microscope (2)

  • Compound Light Microscope (11)

  • Digital Stereoscope (1)

Students have full access to equipment in completing their research projects, under the supervision of research mentors and other qualified individuals. Our main facilities are located at 43505 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539.

Laboratory Staff

Albert Chen

Facilities General Manager

Chemical Hygiene Officer

Director for Environmental Health & Safety

Felice Tran

Stockroom Manager

Laboratory Technician

Neville Bosco

Director for Science Education Outreach

Lab Safety Trainer & Coordinator

Laboratory Technician

Instrumentation & Equipment

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is a powerful spectroscopic method that utilizes a magnetic field to elucidate the electronic structure around individual nuclei, giving insight into absolute molecular structure

Nanalysis NMReady 60e 60 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonsnace (NMR) Spectrometer

UV-visible spectrophotometers provide information about absorbance and transmittance of light in the ultraviolet to visible range at a variety of wavelengths through a given sample. We are equipped with three single-beam near-UV-visible spectrophotometers.

Bausch & Lomb Spec20 UV-Visible Spectrophotometer

Our Multiskan FC microplate reader records absorbance or fluoresence data from up to 96 samples at once, allowing our research to utilize high-throughput screening. 

Thermo Scientific Multiskan 96-well plate Reader

The Hoefer TKO100 DNA fluorometer measures fluoresence of a sample of DNA or other biochemical material. 

Hoefer Scientific Fluorometer

The "Rotavap" removes solvent from a mixture by using a warm water bath and reduced pressure from a vacuum pump. It is heavily used by researchers who need to purify their compound from organic solvent.

Rotary Evaporator

Our incubated shaker allows biology researchers to grow up to four liters of bacteria cell culture at a time for protein expression, genetic analysis, etc. 

LabLine Instruments Incubated Shaker

Our Bio-Rad electrophoresis stations are capable of running four parallel vertical gels for SDS-PAGE. Research students in biochemistry and molecular biology use SDS-PAGE and Western blots to for protein expression and characterization.

Bio-Rad Criterion Gel Electrophoresis Chamber

The lab facilities are equipped with a ten liter thermal incubator for controlling temperature and humidity conditions for optimal cell growth.

IVEX Scientific Thermal Incubator

Our Bio-Rad UV-visible spectrophotometer has a wavelength range of 200 nm to 800 nm, and is capable of analytical methods such as protein / nucleic acid quantification, time-resolved absorbance kinetics, multi-wavelength scans, and spectrophotometric biochemical assays.

Bio-Rad SmartSpec 3000 UV-visible Spectrophotometer

Fremont STEM is currently implementing a powerful computing cluster for running complex calculations on molecular dynamics simulations, density functional theory, and other computational methods.

High-Throughput Computing Cluster

Our UV-to-near-IR spectrometer measures light emission at various wavelengths, from 190 nm to 1050 nm. Our students and researchers use the spectrometer frequently to quantify fluorescent quantum yield or to obtain near-IR vibrational spectra.

Thunder Optics UV-near IR Emission Spectrometer

Like the Thermo Multiskan, our Dynex Opsys Microplate reader rapidly measures up to 96 samples at a time, recording UV-visible absorbance spectra or fluorescence. 

Dynex Opsys Fluorescence and Absorbance Microplate Reader

Our PAR Model 362 analytical three-way potentiostat is a research-grade instrument used for electrochemical measurements, cyclic voltammetry, and characterization of redox-active species in solution. 

Princeton Applied Research Scanning Potentiostat

The OpenPCR Thermal Cycler is a benchtop instrument capable of rapid and precise temperature modulation for polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Our research students use this for DNA/RNA amplification, nucleic acids quantification, and analytical genetics. 

Chai Biotechnologies OpenPCR Thermal Cycler for PCR

The Eppendorf Thermomixer R is capable of shaking and modulating the temperature of twenty-four samples at a time. This piece of equipment is heavily use by students working in microbiology, biochemistry, etc.

Eppendorf Benchtop Thermomixer R

The ROBO R1 3D pinter is used by research students for various purposes, from creating scale models, designing parts and components for engineering projects, etc.

ROBO R1 3D Printer