The Aquatic Molecular Biology and Analytical Lab, located on the West Lafayette Campus in the Forestry Building rooms 104 and 105 (FORS 104/105), has 1500 square feet and houses the following equipment: 2-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis (gel casting and running); Gel imaging and robotic spot picker; Lipid extraction; Centrifuges; Vacuum Centrifuge; Solid Phase Extraction, GC; HPLC; Ultra-low Temperature Freezer; Vet-Scan Clinical Analyzer; Microplate Reader; Incubators; Ultrapure Water Purification.
The ecotoxicology group, under the direction of Dr. Marisol Sepulveda, studies the sublethal effects of contaminants and other environmental stressors on the physiology of fish and wildlife. It uses molecular tools including genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, for the development of biomarkers of exposure and effects to environmental contaminants. It also studies bioaccumulation rates and factors affecting bioavailability of contaminants in biota. Currently, there are five graduate students, two undergraduate students, and one post-doctoral research associate working on research in the lab.
Aquaculture and Aquaculture Nutrition Group
The aquaculture and aquaculture nutrition group, under the direction of Dr. Paul Brown, is interested in nutritional requirements, nutrient metabolism and the evaluation of feedstuffs, in cultured aquatic animals. Current research is focused on the use of proteomic and metabolomic approaches in aquatic animal nutrition research. Currently, there are three graduate students, one undergraduate student, and one post-doctoral research associate working on research in the lab.