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FEI Morgagni TEM

The Department of Integrative Biology has an Electron Microscopy Core Lab in the Interdisciplinary Sciences building on campus, ISA 1046. The lab is equipped with an FEI Morgagni TEM with a 1.4 MPixel sidemount camera and a 16.7 MPixel bottom mount camera. The ultra-high resolution bottom camera provides some of the highest resolution images of any TEM camera on the market today, giving breathtaking electron micrographs of biological and material science samples. The microscope is capable of subnanometer imaging and magnification of almost 1.5 million X. The lab has a Topcon Aquila hybrid SEM, which features a 30x to 50,000x magnification range, a color 30x navigation camera and a motorized X-Y-Z stage. It is ideally suited for Core lab operation. Most users are comfortable operating the instrument after only a half hour of training. Sample preparation time for the instrument can be as short as 10 minutes, and, again, the instrument is capable of producing phenomenal images. The lab also has several optical microscopes, an ultramicrotome and sample coating equipment. The Core is a full-service lab that offers training to faculty and students as well as providing professional microscopy services for a fee. The Microscopy Core lab provides service to all research departments of the University of South Florida, as well as H. Lee Moffitt Hospital, the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital and industry in the greater Tampa Bay area. From April 2009 to July 2016, users of the Core have earned over $18 million in research grant money, and have published over 90 research papers. Training and instrument time can be arranged by contacting the Department of Integrative Biology.



Hardinge Lathe

The Integrative Biology Department also has a Maintenance Shop, the Biology Repair Shop, managed by Clint Steffan, available to the University community to repair and maintain mechanical and electronic equipment. Major equipment in the Shop includes a Hardinge lathe used for creating cylindrical objects, cutting internal and external threads on fasteners and boring precision holes in objects. The shop also has a milling machine for making custom shaped pieces of metal or plastic, a drill press, a band saw, and a chop saw. Sample work performed: Rebuild centrifuge spindles, refurbish centrifuge motors and various brush and brushless motors, and rebuild incubator blowers, pumps, etc. Frequently the Shop performs component level repair of printed circuit boards versus buying new boards from manufacturers. Often the Shop can trace alternative source for parts instead of buying from equipment manufacturer. The Shop can repair/recharge small refrigeration systems, avoiding the expense of replacing equipment. The shop is located at ISA 1032. Clint Steffan can be reached at (813)974-2667 or (813)409-7554, e-mail



Small Aquaria With Zebra Danio

The Department has a large IACUC approved, climate controlled Aquarium Room in the Life Science Building, SCA 121, with rows of tanks ranging in size from 1 gallon of water to a large saltwater tank holding 1000 gallons of water. The room is available to faculty and students to conduct research on fish metabolism, life cycle and breeding.



Phytotron Room

The Department has three Phytotron Rooms. Phytotron rooms are light, temperature and humidity controlled labs set up for the study of plants or animals. The rooms, located in the Life Science building, SCA 119, 123 and 134, allow the researcher to control light/dark exposure and humidity levels in experiments, as well as temperature. The rooms have ample space for small animal observation.



A Departmental Greenhouse has been built in the USF Botanical Gardens at the intersection of USF Pine Drive and USF Alumni Drive. The greenhouse measures 24 feet wide by 30 feet long by 17 feet tall. The greenhouse is currently being used for research by Dr. Christina Richards. Other facilities at the Botanical Gardens, including additional greenhouse space, are also available to the Department of Integrative Biology.