Housed in the College of Health and Human Services, almost 3000 square feet of space is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to be involved in all aspects of research into neuroplasticity and recovery of function.
Specialized spaces include...
Fully equipped for cell and histological procedures with C02 incubators, -80 freezer, centrifuge, invert microscope, fume hoods, tissue embedding workstation, tissue processor, histology station, automated slide staining system.
An important aspect of the work we do revolves around verifying the changes we see at the behavioral level with changes we see at the cellular level. The cornerstone of these activities is a state of the art, confocal microscope. The Olympus FV10i system produces amazing images, includes high level analysis software, and allows undergraduates to participate in all aspects of the analysis of the tissue. We also have a traditional light/fluorescence microscopy system.
A large, multi-use space which includes five computer controlled operant conditioning stations, five activity chambers, video tracking system, Morris water maze, Barnes maze, Gemini avoidance system, Staircase task, Roto-rod system, and a SR-lab system.
A state of the art surgery room that allows for several surgical procedures to be performed, allowing for a myriad of questions to be explored.
Usually the cage washers are the students that work in the laboratory, instead, we have equipment to help take on that burden! A large amount of space and equipment have been invested in a nearly automated system to allow for more time to be focused on the science.
Dr. Charles Weaver