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Research Resources and Facilities

FIU houses many facilities and natural areas that are essential for conducting biological research. These sites and facilities are located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, as well as off-campus. They include:
  • Medina Aquarius Program
  •  Biomolecular Sciences Institute
  • DNA Core Facility 
  •  Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment Lab
  •  Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program
  •  International Forensic Research Institute
  • Microscopy and Digital Imaging Lab
  •  Southeast Environmental Research Center
  • Stable Isotope Lab 
  •  Trace Metals Lab
  •  Trace Organics Lab
  •  Water Quality Lab
  •  Wertheim Conservatory Greenhouse

Biological Sciences Wertheim conservatory and Greenhouse

The Department of Biological Sciences’ Greenhouse Core Facility comprises two contiguous greenhouses totaling 2100 sq. ft. The Greenhouses are used by faculty and students for research, as well as for teaching (lab assignments) and classroom demonstrations. They are also the propagating range for plants destined for the Wertheim Conservatory and adjacent landscapes. The mission of the Greenhouses is to provide a high quality growing range and to provide plants for use in teaching and research. FIU Greenhouse Policies Application for use of the Greenhouse Facility. For information about the Greenhouse, please contact the Greenhouse Curator, Dr. Scott Zona, OE 241, 305-348-1247.

DNA Sequencing Facility

The Department of Biological Sciences’ DNA Core facility is fully equipped for DNA sequencing, fragment analysis, and data analysis. The laboratory is a 1,000 square foot facility housed in the Academic Health Center 1 Building. The facility is staffed by a full-time manager-technician, responsible for day-to-day maintenance and operation of equipment. Equipment includes three ABI 3130xl Genetic Analyzer, utilizing 16 capillary arrays with fragment and sequence analysis software. The DNA core facility is also equipped with an Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine for next generation DNA sequencing applications. Supporting equipment includes thermal cyclers, Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, centrifuges, micro-centrifuges, and a DNA speed vacuum dryer, all with rotors compatible with microtiter plates. Additional equipment includes a spectrophotometer, top loading and analytical balances, a water purification system, a digital UV photo-documentation system, a –80 degree ultra-cold freezer, –20 degree freezer, and a 4 degree refrigerator. Computer support includes both Macintosh and Dell computers, and a Sun Blade 1000 UNIX server with a site license for the Wisconsin Package, an unlimited access use license for Seq Web, and a database update service license.

Medina Aquarius Program

The Medina Aquarius Program is dedicated to the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide. As part of the FIU Marine Education and Research Initiative, the Program is enhancing the scope and impact of FIU on research, educational outreach, technology development, and professional training. At the heart of the program is the one-of-a-kind Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research laboratory. Deployed 60 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Aquarius is a globally significant asset that provides unparalleled means to study the ocean, test and develop state-of-the-art undersea technology, train specialized divers and astronauts, and engage the world’s imagination. At Aquarius, scientists are at the cutting edge of research on coral reefs, ocean acidification, climate change, fisheries and the overall health of the oceans.

Water Quality Lab

The Water Quality Lab equipment includes Alpkem rapid flow nutrient analyzers; Antek 7000N total nitrogen analyzers; Shimadzu 5000 TOC analyzers; Bausch and Lomb and Shimadzu spectrophotometers; Gilford Fluoro-IV and Shimadzu scanning fluorometers; Walz Phyto-PAM fluorometer; Amicon Model 200 ultrafiltration units; Beckman LS3801 scintillation counters; high performance liquid chromatographs; capillary gas chromatographs with an assortment of specific detectors; headspace and purge and trap gas chromatographs. Also available is support equipment – such as a laboratory information management system (LIMS), computer LAN, glass washing facilities, ice machines, ultra-low temperature freezers, etc. – necessary for collection, transport and preparation of samples.