About the DNA Core Lab

Services: The Core Lab provides nucleic acid sample analysis services, as well as maintenance, support, and training for a diverse suite of molecular biology and analytical chemistry instrumentation. The Core Lab also facilitates learning through training workshops and seminars, so students, faculty, and staff can learn to use available equipment. The Core Lab also provides tours to high school students and teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students, research staff, faculty candidates, and other visitors. The Core Lab supports several undergraduate and graduate course offered by UAF Biology and Chemistry departments. 

Users and Research: Of all facilities at UAF, the Core Lab may have the broadest interdisciplinary service. It attracts users from several major administrative units and outside agencies and centers including:

  • Institute of Arctic Biology research technicians frame the Core Lab's new Illumina MiSeq next-generation DNA sequencer.

To date the Core Lab has helped produce research data for more than twenty PI labs from several departments at UAF, UAA, UAS, and for visiting students and scholars from Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Thailand, and others. See Research for more information.

History: The Core Facility for Nucleic Acid Analysis (DNA Core Lab) was established at the Institute of Arctic Biology in 1995 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (Instrumentation and Instrument Development Program). It is a staffed facility that provides support and service to diverse user groups. The Core Lab has been the beneficiary of UAF NSF EPSCoR grants,  NIH BRIN (INBRE) grants, and an NIH COBRE grant. Most recently the Core Lab has received generous support from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Recent Announcements

  • NanoDrop 1000 sent in for calibration The NanoDrop ND-1000 Spectrophotometer has been sent in for service/calibration. It will be out of the Core Lab from today until late next week. During this time, please ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2014, 4:57 PM by Ian Herriott
  • Autoclave in WRRB repaired The "Post PCR" autoclave in WRRB 205 has received extensive service over the last month by the Facilities Services plumbing shop. It is now operational again. 
    Posted Jan 30, 2014, 4:55 PM by Ian Herriott
  • Stable Isotope Probing (SIP) Workshop at Core Lab Introduction to Stable Isotope Probing (SIP) methods (August 26-27th, 2013). This class is almost full, so contact the Core Lab immediately if interested. 
    Posted Aug 7, 2013, 6:41 PM by Ian Herriott
  • New Absorbance Plate reader being installed today Just got word that a field technician will be installing our new BioTek Epoch absorbance plate reader in the Core Lab today. Drop by 12pm-1pm if you're curious ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2013, 9:51 AM by Ian Herriott
  • New Imaging System - ready to use The Gel Logic 212 Pro is now installed and ready to image Ethidium Bromide stained gels (etc.) in the South autoclave/gel room in WRRB. Please contact the Core Lab ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2013, 2:21 PM by Ian Herriott
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