Bessey Hall Core Equipment Facility


The Bessey Hall core equipment facility (also known as the CPRES Facility) is located in the center of the fourth floor in room 475. The facility is supervised by a ½ time manager, Megan Harrison. Steve Whitham is the professor-in-charge. The first point of contact for any issues related to equipment maintenance or day-to-day operations of the facility is Megan ( 

The core facility supports research in laboratories of the Plant Pathology & Microbiology, GDCB, and EEOB Departments, and other departments on campus. The core facility houses a variety of common-use instrumentation needed for plant molecular biology.

Photo of VWR Rocking Platform Shaker  Photo of VWR Ultrasonic Cleaner  Photo of Qsonica Q125 Sonicator

VWR Rocking Platform Shaker, VWR Ultrasonic Cleaner, Qsonica Q125 Sonicator

Instrumentation includes:

  • Growth chamber facilities (4) with Percival Scientific and Conviron growth chambers (32)
  • Growth room
  • Cold rooms (2)
  • Labconco 6’ laminar flow clean bench
  • Laminaire 3' laminar flow clean bench
  • Baker 4' laminar flow clean bench
  • Nuaire 4' laminar flow clean bench
  • Baker 6’ biosafety cabinet
  • Thermo Scientific nanodrops (2)
  • Cary 50 Bio UV spectrophotometer
  • Biotek HT Synergy microplate reader
  • Hitachi spectrofluorimeter
  • Bio-rad Chemi Doc molecular imager with thermal printer
  • Bio-rad Pharos FX Plus molecular imager
  • UV transilluminator, Bio-rad GS-800 calibrated densitometer
  • Dupont particle delivery system
  • Bio-rad electroporators (2)
  • Savant DNA speedvac concentrator
  • UV Stratalinker
  • Cole Parmer ultrasonic homogenizer
  • Perkin-Elmer liquid scintillation counter
  • Beckman Coulter ultracentrifuge and rotors
  • Sorvall high speed centrifuge and rotors
  • Jouan low speed bench top refrigerated centrifuge
  • Sorvall low speed bench top refrigerated centrifuge
  • IEC Low speed bench top centrifuge
  • Eppendorf mini centrifuge
  • New Brunswick floor incubator shakers (2)
  • Fisher Scientific incubators (2)
  • Precision Scientific incubators (3)
  • New Brunswick platform shakers (2)
  • Liquid nitrogen tanks (2)
  • Hoshizaki ice machine (distilled H2O)
  • Cascada/Pall Corp. water purification system (RO & UV)
  • Kodak film processor
  • Lindberg/Blue-M drying oven
  • Fisher drying over
  • Market Forge bench top autoclaves (2)
  • Primus floor autoclave
  • Vortex mixer
  • Barnstead platform rotator
  • Fisher Scientific flammables refrigerator
  • Bencher free standing light control
  • Labconco lyophilizer
  • Geno/Grinder

Facility users also have access to Bio-rad real-time PCR systems with 384- and 96-well capacities housed in 454 and 432 Bessey Hall, respectively.

Contact Megan if you are interested in renting growth chambers or need assistance in using any of the equipment located in the facility. We also currently charge fees for liquid nitrogen and film processing.

Photo of Konica SRX 101A Processor  photograph of Sorvall Legend Micro 17R Centrifuge, Refrigerated  photo of Sorvall ST40R Centrifuge, Refrigerated

Konica SRX 101A Processor, Sorvall Legend Micro 17R Centrifuge, Refrigerated, Sorvall ST40R Centrifuge, Refrigerated