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Confocal Image of D. melanogaster egg chambers - Judge's Choice 2015

Stained for DNA (blue), E-cadherin (green), and the potential oncogene dPRL-1 (red) taken by Kara Sherva '15 on our Nikon D Eclipse C1 Confocal Microscope. If dPRL-1 in its normal state co-localizes with E-cadherin, it might contribute to cancerous cell traits like metastasis.

Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Diatom - People's Choice 2015

This diatom was found in a sediment sample by Blake Hessel '16 and imaged on our Hitachi S3400N SEM. It is fascinating to observe the fine detail of the various surface patterns and embellishments.

Scanning Electron Micrograph of Pedicellaria – Judge's Choice 2014

P. ochraceous pedicellaria responding to contact with another species of sea star taken by Haila Schultz ’16 on our Hitachi S3400N SEM. These comparisons will shed light on competition between sea star species and development of pedicellaria size.

Fluorescence in situ Hybridization of sulfide-oxidizing bacteria – People's Choice 2014

Sediment from Commencement Bay visualized with fluorescent probes specific for sulfate-reducing bacteria taken by Cheyenne Dewey '16 on our Nikon D-Eclipse C1 Microscope. Identification of populations of these bacteria could serve as an indicator for toxic environmental conditions.

Scanning Electron Microscopy of Lichen Holdfasts - Winner Fall 2013

Observation of tissue segregation in a folios lichen (Parmelia spp.) taken by Kelsey Crutchfield-Peters '14 on our Hitachi S3400N SEM. It is important in studying how tissue structure, and symbiont abundance, changes within the lichen in response to environmental factors.

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Polarizing Light Microscopy of Liquid Crystals – Winner Fall 2013

Liquid crystal compound synthesized by Mary Packard ’15 being cooled from the nematic phase, which is one of the liquid crystal phases, into regular crystals. Image was taken on a Nikon Labophot-2-Pol Polarizing Transmitted Light Microscope we have on campus.

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Science Core Facility

Welcome to the Science Core Facility!

We are located in the Science Center, Harned Hall, which opened in May 2006. We are also home to the Weatherwax Electron Microscopy Suite. The Science Core Facility provides outstanding facilities and equipment for both teaching and research for the entire campus.

Our resources include:

  • Hitachi S3400N Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Zeiss CEM 902 Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Nikon D-Eclipse C1 Confocal microscope
  • AmScope SM-4B Stereo Zoom Micscope
  • Nikon Microphot FX
  • Dupont Sorvall MT 5000 Ultramicrotome
  • Leica Ultracut UCT
  • Spencer 820 Microtome for RNA work only
  • BioRad MyCycler
  • BioRad CFX96 Real-Time PCR Detection System
  • GenePix 4100A Microarray Scanner
  • LI-COR Odyssey Fc Dual Mode Imaging System

The science core facility is a campus-wide resource for students, faculty and staff. The core is also open to academic and commercial users outside of the University of Puget Sound. Outside users need to contact the Science Core Facility Technician directly for training and appointments. For more information on some of our instruments please see our Equipment page.