Department of Biology
Facilities & Centers
The Genomics Core Facility offers services for microscopy, molecular biology, and nucleic acid sequencing. Our genomics capabilities include DNA extraction, DNA shearing, size selection, quantification (Bioanalyzer, Qubit and qPCR), indexed adaptors, and next-generation sequencing with an Illumina MiSeq. Other machinery include a flow cytometer and several centrifuges for both small-scale and large-scale applications. The Core also hosts on-site stores for laboratory consumables stocked by Light Labs and Promega. Please visit the Genomics Core Facility website for more information, or contact Jill Castoe - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center originally started as a natural history specimen collection at the University of Texas at Arlington. The collection was founded in 1956 by UTA professor emeritus William F. Pyburn. The primary purpose of the collection was to assist students in the classroom when unfamiliar aspects of animal anatomy or natural history were being discussed. For this purpose a variety of mammal, birds, reptile, and amphibian specimens were acquired. However, the collection also started to serve as a depository for specimens collected from field expeditions.
The laboratory was established in 2012 due to the generous support of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and the University of Texas at Arlington. The $6 million mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry research center will include a large number of mass spectrometers, as well as state-of-the-art supporting peripheries (e.g. chromatograpy and sample preparation) and other spectroscopy instrumentation.
See also SIRT Insrument Guide
What is UTRC?
UT System has developed and initiated a strategic plan to build and leverage comprehensive, integrated infrastructure to create an environment that promotes innovation and discovery. The UT System and its 15 institutions are working together to develop, deploy, operate, support, and upgrade the UT System Research Cyberinfrastructure (UTRC) Project with competitive advantages and leadership capabilities that surpass those of our peer institutions. UTRC presents superior, comprehensive scientific capabilities that provide research advantages that:
Animal Care Facilities
The University of Texas at Arlington's animal care and use program is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC). UT Arlington holds an approved OLAW Animal Welfare Assurance (A3169-01), is registered with the USDA (74-R-0075), and complies with the USDA Animal Welfare Act Regulations and the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Eighth Edition. UT Arlington's animal facilities provide approximately 10,000 square feet for animal research and support, including space for housing, procedures, surgery, quarantine, biological activities (BSL-2), and aquatic accommodations. The program is provided oversight by an attending veterinarian and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), with support by a full-time ACF Manager and Animal Technician. Animal care is provided on a daily basis including weekends and holidays, and the attending veterinarian and staff are on call 24/7 for emergencies. Fully renovated in 2002, the facilities can accommodate various species such as rodents, rabbits, birds, fish, and reptiles, and the facility is equipped with an automatic watering system, an environmental monitoring system (temperature, humidity, and lighting), and a card access system for security.
Two greenhouses on the roof of the LSB provide living plant specimens for laboratory courses and house specimens for botanical research. The greenhouses are temperature controlled and automatically vented. Adjacent to the greenhouses are potting rooms and additional storage.
Field Vehicle & Boats
The department maintains one full-sized van primarily for research projects in connection with the NSF grant that sponsored its purchase. Some boats are also available for research and teaching, including a 16 ft. electroshocking boat for fish collecting, a 19 ft. bass boat, and a 12 ft. aluminum jon boat.