The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cunningham Hall which includes a state-of-the art research wing. This research wing is a $8.5 million, 40,000-square-foot Annex of Cunningham Hall. The annex contains 19 research and support labs, tissue culture facility, RIA laboratory, a chemical storage room, a chemical and biohazardous waste room, a seminar room, and a classroom. The Annex features several shared laboratories, including an aquatic ecology support lab, a genomics lab, and a confocal microscope and imaging laboratory.
Resources available to faculty and students include comprehensive suites of equipment for genomics, proteomics, and imaging. In addition, we have a unique on-campus experimental wetland and several field properties.
3D Immersive Development Facility and Classroom
Science departments and the School of Biomedical Sciences at Kent State have developed a strong initiative in 3D and 4D visualization, especially of biological materials. We currently have several immersive systems (Fakespace immersadesk, Vrex display) for 3D and 4D display of large data sets. We have established the only stereoscopic immersive classroom consisting of a 7x8 Fakespace Powerwall for the display of 3D and 4D data sets. This facility is used for both education and research, the latter efforts focused on developing new interactive software tools for visualization of multidimensional structures, such as cells, proteins, membranes, etc., and provide valuable means for evaluating the importance of spatial properties in determining function. In conjunction with the computational resources available at Kent, this facility is unique in the State of Ohio and forms both a research and educational tool for the multiple scientific disciplines.
The Department of Biological Sciences Herrick Conservatory supports teaching and research in the department, and provides a showplace of botanical diversity for the university at large. The conservatory is named for emeritus faculty members Dr. J. Arthur and Margaret Herrick because of their long-standing support for the department.
The facility is divided into several rooms that provide specialized growth conditions. In addition to two large sunken areas that house tree-sized individuals, there are rooms for cacti and succulents, ferns and other humidity loving plants, carnivorous plants, and general tropical collections. In addition to these permanent collections, the conservatory houses research collections for Dr. Shirley Graham (Lythraceae) for use in her studies of the systematics of this group. Space is also available for other faculty members and for student research projects. The permanent collections are utilized for various courses in the department, especially BSCI 40275, Systematic Botany.
The collections manager is Mr. Chris Rizzo (672-2469). The Conservatory is attached to the north side of Cunningham Hall and is open weekdays from 9-5, and members of the university community are invited to visit.
THE TOM S. AND MIWAKO K. COOPERRIDER HERBARIUM
Tom S. and Miwako K. Cooperrider Herbarium serves to document the changing
flora of the region, provides a repository for vouchers to document the
identity of taxa on which studies are based, provides a references collection
for identifications for the KSU community and beyond, and serves as a research
facility through which specimen loans from collections from around the world
may be arranged, housed, and studied.
Acting Curator, Dr. Andrea L. Case
Curator's phone :330-672-3699
Collection Manager, Melissa Davis
Dr. Tom S. Cooperrider is Curator Emeritus. The collection is open by appointment.
The Tom S. and Miwako K. Cooperrider Herbarium was founded in 1921, and
currently holds approximately 55,000 accessions. The strength of the collection
is primarily in flora of northeastern Ohio, but we also have a good
representation of other parts of the state and of other regions of North
America. Significant collections include those of T. S. Cooperrider and his
students, and late 19th and early 20th century collections of Almon Rood and
his contemporaries. The collection is currently being database and will in the
future be accessible online. In addition to vascular plants, we also have a
growing collection of bryophytes, with the historical collections of Almon Rood
as its nucleus.
Loans are made to recognized herbaria and are for a standard term of 1 year. Please contact the curator about arranging loans.
In addition to support from the university, the collection receives funding from individual contributors, notable among them being J. Arthur Herrick, Tom and Mix Cooperrider, Barbara Andreas, and David Jarzen. The collections are currently being databased; the bryophyte collection is now available online.
The Imaging and Visualization facility includes the following equipment:
- Olympus Fluoview 1000 confocal microscope with computer-controlled XYZ stage. The following laser lines are available: 405 nm, 458 nm, 488nm, 515 nm, 543nm, and 635 nm.
- Olympus Fluoview 300 confocal microscope with 3 lasers: Ar 488 nm, Kr 568 nm and HeNe 633 nm.
- Olympus IX70 inverted microscope with a color camera and a cooled grayscale CCD camera.
- Leica DMLB upright microscope with a CCD camera.
- Two-laser (488 and 633 nm) FACS (FacsAria, Becton Dickinson).
- Chamber for live cell observation with temperature, humidity, and CO2 control.
- Optics for fluorescence, DIC, phase contrast and Hoffman modulation imaging.
The facility is open to faculty and students. To request user time at the facility contact Dr. Michael Model at 330-672-2874 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The proteomics lab housed in the Department of Chemistry includes a ProteomeLab PF 2D system (Beckman Coulter). Results are analyzed via 32 Karat software. The proteomics lab also features a Ciphergen Surface Enhanced Laser Desorption Ionization (SELDI) Protein Chip reader with PBS IIc SELDI software, version 3.2.1; Biomek 2000 Laboratory Automated Work Station (Beckman Coulter); CentriVap Concentrator with tube and 96 well rotor heads (Labconco); and HP Laser Jet 4200dtn color laser printer.
For more information on the proteomics lab please see their website.
1) Scientific Research
2) Education of students at Kent State University and beyond
3) Programs to restore and preserve the integrity of natural areas
For more information on the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability please see their website: CENRS
Our genomics lab features an Arcturus AutoPix automated laser capture microdissection system, an Affymetrix microarray system (including the fluidics station 450, Gene chip scanner, hybridization oven 640 and a computer work station), along with an Agilent Mx3000P real time PCR System, Nanodrop Spectrophotometer, a Becton Dickinson FacsAria Cell Sorter and Flow Cytometer, a Jasco FP-8200 fluorescence spectrometer, tissue culture incubators for hypoxic and normoxic conditions, and various centrifuges including floor and table-top ultracentrifuges.
Jennings WoodsLocated within a 20 minute drive from KSU in Ravenna, Ohio (Portage Co.), Jennings Woods is a 74 acre property that was purchased by the department in 1966. Habitats include mature second growth oak maple forest, meadows, floodplain and depressional wetlands, and a 600 m portion of the West Branch of the Mahoning River. It is rich in many invertebrate, vertebrate and plant species due to the varied habitats. Jennings Woods has been used for many graduate students thesis and dissertation projects, and it is a popular field site for many undergraduate and graduate classes.
We have 16 other field sites near the KSU campus, ranging in size from 1-77 acres, including several bogs, a fen, and several mixed woodland properties, all with varying amounts of urban impact. These properties are organized and overseen by the CERNS.