BSL-3 and Facs

The Biosafety Level 3 Lab provides a safe and appropriate environment for the investigation of infectious agents such as HIV on the Meharry Medical College campus. The design of the lab limits exposure to such agents, and laboratory personnel have specific training in proper handling procedures. There are four biosafety cabinets and six CO2 incubators inside the lab, which holds six people to work in the lab simultaneously. The Beckman Optima L-90K Ultracentrifuge is for sample processing. The free-standing centrifuge has a SW60Ti and SW41 rotors.


facsaThe FACSAria III from Becton Dickinson includes three solid state lasers: blue (488nm), red (633nm) and violet (405). The system has the ability to detect five colors from the blue laser, two colors from the red laser, and two colors from the violet laser for a total of nine simultaneous fluorescent colors. The detection optics includes BD’s patented fiber-coupled octagon and trigon technology. The digital acquisition system allows inter-and intra-beam compensation as well as the ability to threshold on any parameter. The automated cell deposition unit (ACDU) can accommodate slides and 6, 24, 48, 96 and 384-well plates. The major function of the FACSAria III is cell sorting in the Core.


facscaliburThe FACSCalibur from Becton Dickinson, a four-color, dual-laser, benchtop flow cytometry system that provides cell analysis. This fully integrated multiparameter system can also perform a range of functions. To meet the investigators' throughput and productivity requirements, the device comes with innovative dual laser technology, powerful software, and an automated sample loader option.