BIO Lab Equipment

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Things we need in the short term

  • Microscope oil

Things we could theoretically use, but don't need immediately

  • Inoculation loops
  • Bunsen burner (but we have alcohol lamps)
  • Propane bottle(s)
  • Glassware:
    • Beakers
    • Flasks
    • Graduated cylinders
    • Tubes
  • Freezer (-80 deg C)
  • Autoclave (alternative: pressure cooker)
  • Water purification system
  • Biosafety cabinet/hood (with HEPA filter)
  • Vacuum desiccator
  • Gram-stain kit
  • PH meter
  • Vortex
  • Incubator (air, large)

List of lab equipment we have

  • Micro-centrifuges (3)
  • Centrifuge (1)
  • UV/visible illuminator (has scratches on UV side, needs buffing)
  • PCR thermocyclers (2)
  • Power supplies
  • Gel boxes (need gel combs; should make them w/ laser cutter) [Note; we are not set up for gels yet, need to select between ethidium bromide or alternatives; requires additional safety protocols]
  • Test tubes/culture tubes (have some, could use more)
  • Petri dishes
  • Water bath (temperature controlled)
  • Incubator (temperature controlled) [we have a water bath incubator, not an air one]
  • Alcohol lamps (2)
  • Mudwatt Microbial Fuel Cell (& associated electronics components for testing)
  • Digital micrometer
  • Glassware
    • Pipettes
    • Storage bottles
    • Funnels
    • Shot glasses (glass and plastic)
  • Refrigerator/freezer (-20 deg. C)
  • UV lamp
  • Microscopes [We have 2; one is a good illuminated binocular model that goes up to 100x w/ oil]
  • Slides & cover-slips
  • Shaker
  • Digital scale
  • Textbooks
  • Aquarium and equipment
  • Aquaponics growing rig

List of consumables we have

  • Culture media (LB) [we have Agar]
  • Basic chemicals [We have detergent, alcohol, salt, meat tenderizer, vinegar, cider vinegar, kambucha]
  • Basic bio experiments kit
  • Micro-pipetters
  • Pipette tips
  • DNA extraction kits (many)
  • Micro-centrifuge tubes
  • Wooden skewers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil

List of protective equipment we have

  • Lab coats (ok, they're really more useful as props, but...)
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Tyvex suits
  • Biohazard cleanup suits (heavy grade material, face shields but no internal air, probably Level II or II+)