Bug Lab

The Microbial Culturing and Imaging Lab (aka BugLab) is were we grow, image, and generally experiment on microbes. For culturing we have an anaerobic chamber, gas farm and mixing station, and incubators galore. Here we mostly culture environmental microbes as well as some better known organisms for testing hypotheses of isotopic fractionation.

On the imaging side we have a Zeiss Epifluorescent microscope equipped with a motorized stage and pseudo-confocal capability for imaging a variety of geobiological samples. We hope to continue method development for more targeted imaging techniques.

Lastly, the molecular bay is equipped with a thermocycler, spectrophotometer, micropipets, and centrifuges for extraction, amplification, and quality control of nucleic acids.

If you are interested in using any of these facilities please contact Prof. Osborn.