The environmental exposure lab is located in 007 Milam Hall.

Trace Metal Analysis

The laboratory contains all the equipment necessary to measure trace metals in biological and environmental samples such as:

  • Fume hood
  • Biosafety cabinet
  • Acid baths
  • Heated Ultrasonic Baths
  • Drying oven
  • Milli-Q Water Purification System
  • Milestone UltraWave Microwave Digestion System which is capable of digesting up to 15 samples of any matrix simultaneously.

Our laboratory partners with the Keck Laboratory at Oregon State University which includes state-of-the-art instrumentation for inorganic element analysis including:

  • Nu Plasma multi-collector ICP-MS
  • VG Elemental Axiom SC high-resolution ICP-MS
  • VG Elemental ExCell quadrupole ICP-MS
  • Varian Liberty 150 ICP-AES.

The Keck Laboratory also contains a Class-100 Clean Room and is managed by a full-time inorganic chemist Dr Andy Ungener.

Molecular Biological Analysis

The laboratory contains all the equipment necessary to extract DNA and RNA from biological samples and partners with the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at Oregon State University to conduct advanced molecular biological analysis including:

  • Molecular Devices Spectra MAX 190 Microplate Spectrophotometer
  • NanoDrop ND-1000 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
  • ABI PRISM® 7500 FAST Sequence Detection System for Real-Time PCR
  • Bioinformatic and Biocomputing Staff and Infrastructure

Our laboratory also partners with Oregon Health Science University’s Gene Microarray Shared Research Center which functions as a full-service genomics facility providing research scientists and clinicians with services for RNA expression profiling and DNA variation analysis

Cold Storage and Biobank

The laboratory also contains all the equipment to preserve biological samples for current and future analysis including -80°C Freezers that are alarmed and connected to back-up-power supplies.