Facilities 2017-03-24T10:39:03+00:00

Facilities & Services

 

FACILITIES

The Department of Biology has offices and laboratories located in five buildings near the center of the main College Station campus: Butler Hall, Biological Sciences Building East (BSBE) and Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW), Heldenfels, and the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building.

Our Administrative Offices, including the office of the Department Head, the Business Office, the Undergraduate Advising Office, and the Graduate Advising Office can be found on the first floor of Butler Hall.

The Biology Safety Office is also located in Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW).

BIOLOGY SERVICE CENTERS

Within the Biology Department we have the Biology Service Centers.  These centers support both the teaching and research mission of the Department.  Below is a list of the current services and rates:

Biology Service Center Rates [PDF]

Biology Stockroom | Bioaquatics Facility | Biology Instrument Shop | Biology IT Services (BITS) | Gene Technology Lab (GTL) 

Vivarium | Plant Care Services | Dishwashing/Sterilization Services

Departmental Stockroom

The Department of Biology’s Stockroom serves the laboratory supply needs of our department. Purchases by other departments on the Texas A&M campus are available through interdepartmental transfers.

SPECIAL ORDERS ARE WELCOME ~~ PLEASE CONTACT US AT 979-845-0437

The Stockroom is located in room 101 in Biological Sciences Building East

Stockroom Personnel:
Susan Reed, sreed@bio.tamu.edu

Stockroom Hours:

Monday 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – noon
Friday 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Oligonucleotide Orders:

Starting April 1st the Stockroom will be taking over the Oligonucleotide Orders previously handled by the GTL.  You can connect to the Biology portal of IDT’s website directly to place your order.  Just go to the site, use your existing account or if a new lab create a new account, and begin ordering.  Make sure you use this account every time you order from IDT.

** There is a 48 hour turnaround for orders received by 3 p.m. Orders are available to pickup in the Stockroom. **

Bioaquatics Facility

The Bioaquatics Facility, housed on the first floor of the Biological Sciences Building East on the main campus of Texas A&M University, provides the Department of Biology with a modern, centralized, aquatic animal care facility. It enables the Biology Department to provide excellent care for the diverse species kept for research (fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, mollusks, and cnidarians) and teaching (amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates). Opened in September of 1989 and recently renovated, the Facility comprises over 2300 square feet of animal holding space, five research laboratories, offices for faculty and graduate students, a centralized feed and storage area, recirculating air and water supply systems, and public displays. Collections of fish and invertebrates located in two adjacent buildings (Butler and Heldenfels Halls) are used in teaching. Other research animals (fish, crustaceans and reptiles) are housed in Butler Hall and BSBW.

Most of the Facility is devoted to animal holding rooms. There are twelve animal rooms in BSBE. The facility staff includes a BioAquatics Animal Resource Supervisor and several student workers. The BioAquatics Staff observe the animals daily and ensure that the facility and animal programs follow all federal and university guidelines for proper animal care. In 1990, the animal care programs in the Facility received official recognition of our excellence in the form of accreditation by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). The Facility is inspected by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) twice a year and every three years by AAALAC . The BioAquatics Facility has maintained the high standards set by both these agencies.

Biology Instrument Shop

The Department of Biology Instrument Shop serves the research and teaching equipment repair needs of our department. Our services and parts are available to other departments on the Texas A&M campus through interdepartmental transfers.  They also do a myriad of other basic design, repair, consulting, and planned maintenance operations.

The Biology Instrument Shop is located in Room 429 in Biological Sciences Building West (BSBW)

The Biology Instrument Shop personnel have over 33 years combined experience on most research instrumentation. They are skilled in the following Technologies: Electronics, Spectrophotometric, Electro mechanical, Vacuum, Environmental Control systems, Refrigeration, Robotics, Sterilization, custom Plexiglass fabrication.

PLEASE CONTACT US AT 979-845-9285

Victor Johnson, Instrument Shop Research Specialist
vej@bio.tamu.edu
cell: 979-324-2937

OTHER RELATED SERVICE CENTERS

High Throughput Screening (HTS) Drug Screening Lab

Microscopy and Imaging Center

For additional facilities on campus, please refer to the Genetics’ 2016-17 TAMU Core Facilities guide.