Facilities and Equipment

Howard University, Department of Biology, is uniquely equipped to facilitate enriching student learning experiences by providing enriching tools for both academic and research practices and instruction. The unique goal of Howard is in establishment of core research laboratories with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in computational mathematics, biophysics, genomics, proteomics, basic cell biology, molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary sciences.

Active, participating Departments, Colleges and Schools of Howard University that share core-research facilities include: College of Arts and Science’s Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, and Mathematics, the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, and College of Medicine.  Each represents a strong commitment to improving the quality and expanding the depth of research, both for scientific advancement and in the integration of research and education.

The core academic and research facilities provided by both Howard University and Howard University Hospital affiliates are available and accessible for this research proposal and all parties involved. As detailed below and in the Equipment section, we have sophisticated equipment and facilities for analysis of genetic, molecular, cellular, and phsyiological responses. Howard University Department of Biology’s research facility spans 4000 sq. ft. in five separate core laboratory spaces, which include 1) ultra-centrifuges and centrifuges, 2) thermocyclers and molecular cloning laboratory spaces, 3) flow cytometric and spectrophotometric stations, 4) scanning and transmission electron microscopes, 5) fluorescent confocal microscopy, and 6) protein and gel imaging stations. The facility technicians are full time staff members and serve to manage equipment and facilities and train users. All faculty have full access online and housed medical and research library catalogs, and core facilities, including, but not limited to: 1) animal and surgical, 2) flow cytometric analysis, 3) advanced light and fluorescent microscopy, 4) protein core facilities, 5) genomics and bioinformatics computational library (RCMI), and 6) scanning electron and transmission electron facilities.