The Biology Department is housed in several buildings at Carleton University:

The Nesbitt Biology 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.

greenhouse_06The department has been aggressive in acquiring modern equipment for teaching and research in biology. Students are able to carry out contemporary procedures in experimental biology including:

all aspects of molecular genetics such as:

  • gene splicing,
  • polymerase chain reaction (PCR),
  • DNA sequencing, and
  • ultracentrifugation;

various types of electrophoresis:

  • tissue culture,
  • phase contrast,
  • polarizing,
  • interference, and
  • fluorescent light microscopy etc.

Extensive computing equipment is available both within the department and through the High Performance Computing Virtural Laboratory.

The Carleton Greenhouses

Carleton University has one of the best university greenhouse complexes in Canada, with two large display houses, and three research houses.

The display houses are open for public viewing weekdays:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The research houses are used for experiments by researchers from Carleton and from other places.

Imaging Suite

This facility houses a Zeiss Axiophot equipped for phase, fluorescence, DIC, video enhanced contrast DIC (VEC-DIC), polarizing and reflection interference microscopy. Digital imaging is possible with either scope using a cooled RGB high resolution CCD camera.

Shared Equipment

Shared equipment housed in the Department includes several refrigerated preparative centrifuges, a Beckman tabletop ultracentrifuge, two full-size ultracentrifuges, a liquid scintillation counter, two gel documentation systems and a sonifier cell disrupter. In addition, the Department has a Biorad Imaging system complete with software for phosphor radioisotope imaging as well as gel and blot analysis using fluorescence and chemiluminescence detection methods.

The Department is equipped with walk-in temperature-controlled rooms as well as three walk-in cold rooms. Additional facilities include:

  • aquatics facility
  • dark-room
  • acoustics lab
  • machine shop
  • insect-rearing facilities

Plant growth chambers are housed in several locations within the building and include two walk-in temperature/light/humidity plant growth chambers and several individual incubators.

Ecological Studies

For ecological studies, the terrain of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec offers innumerable streams, ponds, bogs and extensive deciduous and coniferous forests. Several areas owned by the university are available for teaching and research. The nearby Algonquin National Park is used extensively for teaching and research by Carleton faculty and students.

Major Instrumentation

  • Absorbance and fluorescence Spectrometers
  • Chromatography stations
  • Scintillation Counters
  • Cold rooms
  • DNA sequencers
  • Greenhouses
  • Growth chamber facility.
  • Centrifuges
  • Phosphoimager
  • Mass spectrometer
  • Recombinant protein expression equipment
  • Protein purification stations
  • Image analysis station
  • Extensive tissue culture facilities
  • Fluorescence Microscopes with image analysis
  • Ultra-Low Freezers
  • PCR machines
  • Isothermal titration calorimetry
  • and more…