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Biodiversity Lab

The Biodiversity Lab featuring Kaori Chambers, Frontiers M.S. Student.

What is the Biodiversity Lab?

The Biodiversity Lab (BDL) is a shared laboratory supporting the research activities of trainees, faculty, and visiting scholars in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). Many researchers use the BDL to perform traditional and next generation nucleic acid sequencing, among other molecular biology techniques. Additional BDL resources include a dedicated BSL-2 lab, Dry Collections room, Wet Collections lab, and computers for analyses. We love how our shared laboratory model enables more sustainable laboratory practices and bolsters collaborations. For more information about working in the lab contact the Lab Manager.

Lab Resources

About the Biodiversity Lab: Info and Facts

The Biodiversity Lab is located in the Biological Sciences Building (BSB), with a satellite facility in the Research Museum Center (RMC).


The Biodiversity Lab (BDL) serves the research community in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, hosting at least 16 lab directors (PIs) and roughly 70 users that include undergraduate and graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars. The main lab has a BSL-1 designation. A small BSL-2 room, within the main lab, is available for working with potentially hazardous biological materials. The lab also offers computational resources, Leica confocal and dissecting microscopes, and wet and dry collection spaces.


The molecular laboratory serves the faculty and research staff community from the Herbarium and the Museum of Zoology. Currently, the lab hosts six faculty members and five research scientists, and consists of a single room categorized as BSL-2. The molecular lab is adjacent to the Biorepository consisting of liquid nitrogen freezers for tissue storage. This area is currently under construction as we open a new tissue-culturing lab dedicated to the Pathogen Biorepository (M-PABI) and an ancient DNA lab. Stay tuned!  

EEB Public Engagement Program (PEP)

The BDL is proud to host the EEB Public Engagement Program (PEP), a paid training opportunity for graduate students aimed at fostering public outreach skills and normalizing public perception of diverse scientists.

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