Space and Equipment


Objectives. CIMERA has developed a central facility to meet the unique challenges of performing cell and molecular biology research at a teaching institution by pooling limited resources and sharing equipment and space. The faculty and student members of CIMERA share expertise and equipment to accomplish these objectives with the highest efficiency at the lowest possible cost. Equally important are promoting faculty collaboration across disciplines and peer teaching and learning among research students who use the same experimental techniques. To accomplish these objectives the various faculty members of Biology and Chemistry that comprise CIMERA have together built a flourishing facility in Science I (Sequoia Hall). This project is part of the ongoing building process that will maximize the performance of the CIMERA student and faculty membership.

Space. The central CIMERA facility encompasses a total area in excess of 2500 square feet in the suite of rooms found in the basement of Sequoia Hall, Sequoia 28 (figure 1). At its inception in 1999, CIMERA received rooms A, D, E, F, and G from the Department of Biological Sciences. The facility shared space with other Department functions, such as animal husbandry and storage. Over 800 square feet (rooms 28B, 28Cand 30) were donated in 2002 by the Department of Biology which increased the size of the facility nearly thirty percent (more on future proposal). In 2013 CIMERA was unveiled with Congresswoman Doris Matsui and previous director Tom Savage. More



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Figure 1. The CIMERA Shared-Use Facility in Sequoia 28

Molecular Suite (A)

Cell Culture Room (B)

Storage Room (C)

Print/Hall Space (D)

Microbiology Suite (E)

Cell Analysis Suite(F)

Dark Room (G)

Manager Office (H)

 




Molecular Suite (A)

  • Applied Biosystems 3130 Genetic Analyzer
  • chemi-luminescent detection, gel-documentation system
  • three thermocyclers, and accessories for nucleic acid analysis.

Cell Culture Room (B)

  • Four level II biosafety hoods
  • three water-jacketed CO2 incubators
  • inverted microscope

Storage Roon (C)

    • Sorvall centrifuge
    • Beckman ultracentrifuge
    • -80oC, -20oC, and +4oC refrigerator

Print/Hall Space (D) 

  • Hewlett-Packard poster printer with a dedicated computer station.

Microbiology Suite (E)

  • 37oC shaking and culture incubators
  • level II biosafety hood, and balance.

Cell Analysis Suite(F)

  • Olympus Confocal Microscope
  • Millipore Flow cytometer
  • Maxwell DNA/RNA Extractor.

Dark Room (G)

  • Fume hood
  • Nikon inverted Fluorescent microscope with dedicated computer.

Manager Office (H)