Biolab Equipment


Equipment available to researchers at the NMC Biolab: 

  • Sorvall RC-5C Plus Refrigerated Superspeed Centrifuge. Item #20873
  • LI-COR Portable Photosynthesis System
  • Gene Pulser Xcell Total System - Electrophoresis Machine. Cat #165266 (main unit), 1652667 (CE Module)
  • Thermofisher From a Series 3 Water Jacketed CO2 Incubator
  • HP P4800 Storage System (SanIQ Storage Solution)
  • Extreme Networks Aspen 8810 Switch
  • Storage System
  • Photo Bioreactor (PBR) (4 total)
  • Centrifuge: Heraeus Megafuge 16R 120V, 50, Rotor F21-48X2CF, Adapters 9X15 ML Conical, Adapters 4x50 ML Conical
  • QIAcube (Automated purification of DNA, RNA, or proteins) – Qiagen
  • QuantStudi 3D Digital PCR System
  • ProFlex Thermal Cycler
  • VWR Ultra Low Temperature Upright Freezer
  • Select Ultra-Low Temperature Upright Freezer, 86° to 50°C, Nor-Lake® Scientific 208V
  • Select Ultra-Low Temperature Upright Freezer, 86° to 50°C, Nor-Lake® Scientific 115V
  • Select Ultra-Low Temperature Upright Freezer, 86° to 50°C, Nor-Lake® Scientific 208V
  • HP1100 Series HPLC System
  • ChemiDoc MP System
  • Agilent Refractive Index detector and accessories (HPLC System)
  • SONY Cell sorter system LE-SH800ZEP
  • REDISHIP Purifier® Logic®+ Class II A2 Biosafety Cabinet, Labconco®
  • FlaskScrubber Labconco - Freestanding Glassware Washer
  • CAMERA Lumenera 1.4 AMP CCD Cooled monochrome camera with Infinity Analyze software
  • Thermo Scientific NanoDrop Spectrophotometer
  • Percival Growth Chamber (5 total)
  • HTA-NMC-090414 Growth Chamber
  • Innova 2350 Open Air Shaker, 2" Orbit (2 total)
  • Biosafety Cabinet; Fisher Scientific 1300 Series A2
  • Computer Server, Dell Computer, Power Edge R730
  • Oxylab Oxygen Electr/Oxylab Control Unit
  • Photon Systems Instruments FluorCam/Fluorometer
  • Photon Systems Thermoluminescence Sys
  • Olympus Microscope
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Centrifuge
  • ThermoFisher Sorvall WX 80 Ultra-Centrifuge
  • Agilent QPCR System 110V
  • Fisher Scientific (Freezer) -80C Revco Ultima +
  • Fisher Scientific Milli-Q Integral 5
  • Manual Defrost Freezer - Futura Silver Series (6 total)
  • Mettler Toledo Balance XP1203S
  • Millipore Overhead Equipment with 3 Dispensers
  • Promega Maxwell 16 DNA/RNA Extraction Instrument
  • Agilent Bioanalyzer Desktop System
  • Agilent Gas Chromatograph
  • BioRad Biolistic PDS - 1000/HE (gene gun)
  • BioRad GEL DOC EZ Imager
  • BioTek SYNH4 Mono Lum ABS - Plate Reader
  • Chemical Hood-6' Green Solutions Hood
  • Fisher Scientific/Parr Calorimeter
  • FTS Flex-Dry XP Lyophilizer (Freeze Dryer)
  • Varian Cary Spectrophotometer
  • New Brunswick Scientific Shaker
  • Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer Cflow Plus Work Station
  • Biosafety Cabinet; Fisher Scientific 1300 Series A2 1300 Series A2
  • Liquid N2 -Elan2 Auto Transfer
  • HTA-NMC-102813-100-00 Growth Chamber
  • Conviron Growth Chamber (2 total)
  • Reverse Osmosis System (Goulds)
  • Autoclave (Sterilizer) (3 total)
  • W7120PT Xerox Printer/Fax/Copier
  • CAMERA: Olympus High Resolution Digital DP73-1-51 17MP Color Camera
  • 6' Wide Infinity Hood
  • 4' Wide Infinity Hood
  • Indoor Cooler (Cold Room)
  • Flaskscrubber F/S HI-Temp Dishwasher
  • New Brunswick Scientific Shaker

New Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

Research on new treatments for Alzheimer's disease is happening at a furious pace. This study is looking at new therapies using the RNA from cells found in the central nervous system of mice. 

Improving photosynthetic efficience and yield in crop plants

The five best performing independent homozygous HLA3/PGR5 lines (T3) will be transformed with the BCA/LCIA construct. 

More Realization of Algal Potential (REAP) Research

Will develop the ability to produce 2500 gal/acre/year of algal biofuel intermediates by 2018 by integrating and extending the most promising organisms and technologies developed with sequential extraction process that separates starches and amino acids prior to hydrothermal conversion of remaining lipid to a biofuel intermediate.

Developing Infrastructure and Producting For New Citrus Greening Disease Therapies 

Goutam Gupta, NMC Affiliate Researcher, LANL Staff Scientist
U.S. Citrus growers have a critical need for grove-deployable management practices that keep healthy citrus from becoming infected and infected trees from becoming symptomatic. This project presents a systems-based pipeline approach delivering commercial, grove-deployable solutions using a novel therapeutic delivery strategy and citrus transgenics.


PACE: Producing Algae for Coproducts and Energy

This research seeks to make algal biofuels more marketable by focusing on methods to improve algal productivity, the cultivation process, and harvesting. 

Developing Infrastructure to Deliver Novel Therapies for Citrus Disease

This research is focused on obtaining practical solutions to the Citrus Health Research Program by analyzing the current status of research, important technology gaps, and grower needs.

Design and Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins for HLB Protection

This research proposes to discover pre-symptomatic biomarkers for HLB disease by performing qPCR on Fluidigm to analyze 96 genes. Analysis of gene expression data will enable the capture of pre-symptomatic biomarkers. This project will develop diagnostic tools to detect HLB disease both in the laboratory and field environments.

Enhancing Biofuels from Genetically Engineered Camelina

The Center for Enhanced Camelina Oil (CECO) proposes to incrase the harvestable energy yield of Camelina oil as well as improve the composition of the oil to be a more stable and energy dense biofuel feedstock. 

An Integrative Genome-Wide Assessment of RNA Transport and Localization in Rice

This collaborative research project proposes to identify and globally characterize RNA binding proteins (RBPs). RNA sequences depleted from total RNA will be sequenced and compared to untreated total RNA to identify new RNA candidates.

Atmospheric Aerosols and Precursors form Algal Biofuel Production

DMS, produced by phytoplankton, is a major source of cloud condensation nuclei over the ocean. The main oblective of this study is to determine of DMS is a major byproduct of algal biofuel production and to examine the implications of moving a primarily marine cycle to the terrestrial biome. 

NMC Biological Laboratory Research


The New Mexico Consortium Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse is home to a broad range of research areas. Ongoing research is dyamic with new research projects coming to this facility regularly. Currently the NMC Biolab includes research on algae, biofuels, disease control, agriculture, food security, genetics, and more.

The NMC Biolab research facilities are available to LANL, university, and other affiliated researchers, and give users access to state-of-the-art equipment and resources. Research at the NMC Biolab includes Plant Biology, Biofuels Research, Disease Control, Human Health and Agriculture. Projects include:

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