Facilities and Equipment
Howard University, Department of Biology, is uniquely equipped to facilitate enriching student learning experiences by providing enriching tools for both academic and research practices and instruction. Facilities include animal holding rooms and a dedicated greenhouse on the roof of the building. Our research laboratories provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in computational mathematics, biophysics, genomics, proteomics, basic cell biology, molecular biology, ecology and evolutionary sciences.
In 1957 the Biology – Greenhouse building opened. It was a state-of-the-art facility designed by Dr. Marie C. Taylor (Head/Chairman – Botany department 1947-1976) and Dr. Harold E. Finley (Head/Chairman Zoology department 1947- 1969). Since its inception, the greenhouse has been extensively renovated and modernized, with a new series of modifications slated over the next decade. It is directed by Drs. Janelle Burke and Mary McKenna.
Equipment for Life Science Studies
Equipment includes flow cytometric analyzers, fluorescence activated cell sorter (FACS), transmission electron microscope, several inverted fluorescence microscopes, a Nikon confocal microscope, several RT-PCR machines, Luminex multiplex machines, several Licor Odyssey Fc and Bio-Rad nucleic acid and protein blot imaging systems, fluorometers, a Synergy HT fluorescence-absorbance-luminometer microplate reader, DNA sequencers, and cryosectioners.
Active, participating Departments, Colleges and Schools of Howard University that share the Department of Biology's core-research facilities include: College of Arts and Science’s Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, and Mathematics, the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, and College of Medicine. Each represents a strong commitment to improving the quality and expanding the depth of research, both for scientific advancement and in the integration of research and education.