Turn on more accessible mode
Turn off more accessible mode
Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Illinois State University
Jump over the College navigation bar.
Jump over the site's masthead's navigation bar.
Jump over the site's section navigation.
Journey to Mars
3D Printing Center
Content Area 1
At the molecular neuroethology lab we use a variety of techniques in order to dissect the neural and genetic bases of behavior. Below is a tour of the equipment we are fortunate to have at our disposal as well as their most common use.
Content Area 2
We are located on the third floor of the
at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.
125 S. Fell Avenue, Normal IL, 61761
Here are a couple of panoramic views of our lab.
List of the equipment we use in our lab and what it is commonly used for:
We recently acquired a confocal microscope in collaboration with the Gatto and Mortimer labs. This Zeiss LSM510 META confocal microscope is equipped with a motorized stage, and several detectors that allow us to create high resolution images of worm tissues in our own time. The microscope is used by a handful of labs and by the classes taught by t he PIs.
Injection and Calcium Rig:
In order to create transgenic animals, we use this inverted microscope (AxioVert A1) equipped with a Narashige hydraulic manipulator. We also use the Optimos camera mounted on its side to make measurmemnts of calcium transients in the neurons of worms. The setup rest on an TMC antivibration table
We use our plasma oven to manufacture microfluidic chips used in calcium imaging experiments. The oven heast PDMS chips and glasss slides so that a perfect bond can be formed beteween them.
We have a Robo R1 3D printer to help us manufacture custom equipment tailored for our experiments. The printer resides in our laboratory but is available to everyone in the department.
This is a triple magnetic coil system we use to create magnetic fields and test the ability of worms to detect and orient to magnetic fields. Each set of four squares creates a field in the x, y, and z direction.