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DNA Lab

Through a generous donation in the name of George Ostertag, the Collections & Research Center has a laboratory for molecular systematics research. This lab allows researchers to extract and amplify genetic information to help answer evolutionary questions. The lab features a selection of equipment to permit DNA/RNA isolation and purification, gel electrophoresis, and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) amplification of a variety of target genes.

Research Associate Chris Thacker prepares a tissue sample from an Australian stream fish for sequencing

Research Associate Chris Thacker prepares a tissue sample from an Australian stream fish for sequencing

Activities

The lab has been used to investigate the phylogenetic origin of myrmecophily in histerid beetles, the landscape phylogeography of California beetles, the demographics of Native Americans of Southern California, the population genetics of cetaceans of the Santa Barbara Channel, the evolutionary relationships of bivalves, and—most recently—the evolution of freshwater fish from Australia and New Zealand.

Instruments

  • AirClean 600 PCR Workstation / Eppendorf Mastercycler
  • Eppendorf Centrifuge 5415D
  • Fisher Scientific Mini Vortexer
  • Fisher Scientific Isotemp 125-D Digital Dry Bath
  • UVP BioDoc-It UV Transilluminator

Usage

Visiting students and researchers may arrange to use the lab for components of their research that utilize our collections. Please email Daniel Geiger or call him at (805) 682-4711 ext. 152 for details.