Biomolecular Science Facilities

Below is a partial list of major equipment and biochemistry-related resources at St. Olaf College.

NMR/IR/UV-Visible/Atomic Spectroscopy


  • Bruker Avance 400 MHz NMR with autosampler and web-based interface
  • Midac Prospect FTIR spectrometer (3)
  • Thermo Nicolet 370 FTIR spectrometer (4)
  • Agilent Cary 100 Bio UV-visible spectrophotometer (2)
  • Agilent Cary 60 Bio UV-visible spectrophotometer (5)
  • JY Fluorolog-3 fluorescence spectrometer
  • Shimadzu UV1700 UV/VIS spectrometers (12)
  • Spectronics -20D+ spectrophotometers (8)
  • JY Ultima2 ICP-Optical Emission spectrometer
  • Buck Scientific 200A atomic absorption spectrophotometer (2)
  • Brookhaven Laser Light Scattering instrument
  • Thermo Scientific Nano Drop 2000 Spectrophotometer
Mass Spectrometry and Electrochemistry
  • Bruker Esquire 3000+ LC/MS
  • Bruker Ultraflex MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer
  • Varian Saturn 2000 CP-3800 GC/MS
  • eDAQ potentiostats with computer control (4)
Chromatography and Electrophoresis
  • Agilent 1260 HPLC (2)
  • Agilent 1100 HPLC (5)
  • Agilent CE system (2)
  • BioRad BioLogic LP-LC with fraction collector (4)
  • BioRad Model 583 gel drying system
  • BioRad PROTEAN IEF 2-D gel electrophoresis cell
  • BioRad Trans-Blot Semi-Dry gel transfer cell (2)
  • Shimadzu GC 17A gas chromatograph (2)
  • Multiple rigs for agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
  • Sorvall Super T21 centrifuge
  • Beckman GPR centrifuges
  • Beckman L90K ultra-centrifuge
  • Beckman J2-21 centrifuge
  • Beckman J6-MI centrifuge (with specialized rotor for cell elutriation)
  • Beckman L-7 centrifuge
  • Beckman Optima MAX XP ultracentrifuge
  • BeckmanAvanti J-E
Special-Environment Facilities
  • Cold room (2)
  • -80 degree C Freezers
  • VAC HE-63-P DRI-LAB glove box
  • Tissue culture facility with two laminar airflow work stations
  • Multiple incubators, shakers, and skaking water baths
  • Greenhouse
  • Small animal facility
Molecular Genetics/Biochemistry/Cell Biology
  • LI-COR 4300-04 DNA Analyzer capable of sequence, AFLP and micro-satellite analysis
  • Multiple thermocyclers including an MJ Tetrad PCR machine, BioRad (2) and Perkin Elmer (3) thermocyclers
  • LI-COR Odyssey Fc Chemiluminescent and Infrared Imaging System
  • Gibson fraction collector
  • Rigs for western and slot blot
  • Multiple Electroporators
  • Autoclaves (2)
  • Coulter Counter
  • MicroCal VP-DSC differential scanning calorimeter
  • Wescor vapor pressure osmometer
  • Advanced freezing-point depression osmometer
  • Milli-Q high purity water systems (2)
  • Corning glass still
  • Gallenkamp Soni Prep 150
  • ECM-2000 electrocell manipulator
  • Olympus BX40 fluorescent microscope with spot imaging system
  • Olympus BX50 fluorescent microscope with Nomarski, 35mm and video camera,
  • as well as Digital SpotRT imaging system
  • Zeiss Research microscope with cytophotometry facility
  • Olympus ITM-2 fluorescent microscope with phase contrast, Nomarski, 35mm and video cameras
  • Topmetrix scanning probe microscope
  • Digital Instruments Nanoscope atomic force microscopes (3)
  • Leica RM2125 microtome
  • Swift field microscopes (2)
  • hand refractometer
  • traveling video dissecting microscope with VCR, 35mm and video camera
  • laser scanning confocal microscope
Library Facilities

St. Olaf College maintains three libraries, the Rolvaag Memorial Libarary, the Halvorson Music Library, and the Hustad Science Library. The science library, located on the first floor of Regents Hall, houses over 33,000 monographs and over 10,000 bound journal volumes. Electronic access available to students and faculty includes Web of Science, SciFinderScholar, ACS Journals Online, ACS Journals Archive Edition, and JSTOR. Additional information relating to the Glasoe Science Library can be found at