Biochemistry Program


The cornerstone of our facilities is the Biochemistry Suite in the Peter Irving Wold Center. With its emphasis on interdisciplinary study, the Wright Biochemistry Research Laboratories are a dynamic hub for students and faculty to collaborate and interact as they pursue cutting-edge work in biochemistry and molecular biology.

The four research labs are situated alongside areas that house equipment such as an illumina MiSeq DNA sequencer, PCR machines for the replication of DNA and a cold room with a Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography (FPLC) system for purification of proteins. The suite also houses the Kane Biochemistry Teaching Laboratory, which features state-of-the-art biomolecular research instrumentation and a 3D projector for the display of molecules to further understanding of the relationship between structure and function.

As of the fall of 2018, the opening of Ainlay Hall expanded the opportunities for research and learning for Biochemistry majors. The new facility houses a subcellular biology research suite and teaching labs, as well as tissue culture and microscopy facilities utilized by students and faculty.

Selected Equipment available for research and teaching

In addition to the instrumentation listed above and standard biochemistry and molecular biology research instrumentation such as centrifuges, and gel electrophoresis systems, the students and faculty of the Biochemistry Program also have access to:

  • Plate Readers (UV-Vis, Luminescence, and Fluorescence Detection)
  • Ultracentrifuge
  • Fluorescent Microscopes
  • Confocal Microscope
  • Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Atomic Force Microscope
  • Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry System
  • Gas Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry System
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance