The Institute of Biochemistry is housed in two buildings at Carleton University; the Nesbitt Biology Building and the Steacie Chemistry Building. The teaching that we do in laboratories and the research that students share in are abundantly supported by the latest in biological instrumentation. Included in the pool of instruments and techniques available to students are excellent light and electron microscopes, digital imaging hardware and software, PCR and other molecular biological techniques, research-grade spectrophotometers, and so on. Many of these instruments and techniques are used by students in our introductory courses.

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The Nesbitt Building is state of the art with open architecture to foster collaborative work and invite interaction between scholars. Design features such as open laboratories, lounges used by both students and faculty, and faculty offices clustered in a central area, promote an atmosphere of shared learning. This manifests itself in close faculty-student research collaborations, as well as friendships.

The department houses many teaching and research instruments as well as state-of-the-art computer facilities. PC’s and SUN workstations are connected to the campus network and internet via high-speed ethernet.

Listed below are some of the major instruments which are used by students and faculty in teaching, labs, and research.

Major Instrumentation

  • 400 MHz NMR spectrometer
  • Absorbance spectrometers
  • Fluorescence Spectrometers
  • Chromatography stations
  • Scintillation Counters
  • Cold rooms
  • Growth chambers
  • Centrifuges
  • Phosphoimagers
  • Mass spectrometers
  • HPLC systems
  • Image analysis stations
  • Ultra-Low Freezers
  • PCR machines
  • and much more…