The Department of Biological Sciences is housed primarily in the Life Sciences Building
that recently was expanded by a major addition, and in Choppin Hall, which also houses
the Department of Chemistry. The laboratories are designed for conducting modern research
in diverse fields including biochemistry and molecular biology; cell, organismal and
integrative physiology; ecology, systematics, and evolutionary biology; plant biology;
microbiology and molecular genetics. Several large facilities with technical help
and state-of-art instrumentation facilitate research at LSU and include laboratories
for Functional Genomics (DNA sequencers, real time PCR, Scan Array and Microarray
equipment), NMR analysis and mass spectrometry (Bruker Amazon Speed ETD (NSI and ESI ion Trap system), Bruker UltrafleXtreme (MALDI
system), Agilent 6210 (ESI ToF instrument), Varian Saturn 2200 (GC-MS instrument)),
and confocal, light and electron microscopy (in the Socolofsky Microscopy Center).
Common instruments and facilities include tissue culture facilities, media preparation facilities, darkrooms, walk-in cold rooms, plant-growth chambers, animal facilities and aquatic facilities. Research support comes from the Louisiana State University Gene Probes and Expression Systems Laboratory, the Protein Facility , and the Macromolecular Computing Analysis Facility. The personnel of the Department of Experimental Statistics are available to help design experiments and analyze data. Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) provides a unique capacity for structural biology investigations.
The recent addition of a Beowulf cluster provides a computer system that will run
at 2.1 TeraFlops, or 2.1 trillion floating-point operations per second. This would
rank it among the six or seven fastest computers in the world and second among academic
institutions worldwide. An initiative in Biological Computing is a part of this new
investment by the State of Louisiana.
Students and faculty also have access to the research collections of the Museum of Natural Science (with more than 350,000 specimens) and the LSU Herbarium (home to many specimens of land plants, lichens, and fungi) as well as many of the
research facilities of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and Louisiana
Sea Grant. Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) provides support for marine/estuarine research and maintains two research
vessels for offshore research and numerous smaller boats for inshore sampling. Field
research by departmental members is conducted in numerous tropical, subtropical, temperate
and high-latitude locations. Biological Sciences faculty collaborate with scientists
throughout LSU including the Departments of Animal Science, Chemistry, Plant Pathology
and Crop Physiology, Oceanography and Coastal Science, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the Audubon Sugar Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies, Civil and
Environmental and Chemical Engineering, and the School of Veterinary Medicine, as
well as universities and research centers throughout the nation and world.
Department Common Equipment