Specialized Laboratories and Equipment in the Department of Food Science

  • Molecular Food Microbiology Laboratories - Key Equipment
    1. RiboPrinter (Qualicon) for automated DNA fingerprinting provides unique equipment for the Fellows because it is not widely available at universities in the U.S.
    2. TaqMan ABI Prism 7700 is a quantitative PCR Thermocycler for pathogen detection
    3. ABI Prism 310 Genetic analyzer (sequencer)
    4. Tetrad Thermal Cycler from MJ Research
    5. Laser diode spectrometer for fiber optic immunosensor application (Analyte 2000, Research International)
    6. Impedance/Gain-phase Analyzer (Hewlett Packard)
    7. IASys Plasmon Resonance Immunosensor (Labsystems)
    8. Micro ID System from Biolog
    9. Spectroflurometer from Molecular Devices
    10. 2D Proteomic setup from Bio-Rad
    11. DNA Electroporation device (Gene Pulser from Bio-Rad)
    12. Microplate Reader from Bio-Rad
    13. Image Master from Pharmacia-Amersham
  • Tissue Culture Facility – A well equipped facility for culturing different animal and human cell lines and for production of monoclonal antibodies.
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscope – Useful to monitor purity or quality of food ingredients; shifts in protein, lipid, and carbohydrate structures; and types of microorganisms
  • Atomic Force Microscope – Used to provide analytical data and images of materials at the atomic, molecular and cellular levels (including bacterial cells)
  • Remotely Accessible Biosensor Instrumentation Technology (RABIT) Laboratory – Serves instructional and outreach needs associated with luminescent bioreporters
  • X-ray Diffraction Laboratory - One of only a few facilities worldwide used to study three- dimensional structures of food molecules.
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Laboratory - Used to provide information on chemical composition, molecular structure, and motion of food components.
  • Pilot Laboratory - Recognized worldwide for its state-of-the-art, computer-controlled processing equipment.
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