Research Labs & Facilities
Well developed research laboratories are located in Drew-Griffith, Hubert A & D and Marine Science buildings. These laboratories are fully equipped with the instruments required to conduct advanced research in biomedical and marine sciences, chemistry, and engineering areas by participating faculty and students.
In addition to these facilities, the University System of Georgia has invested $20.5M for a new 30,000 sq. ft. Science and Technology Center, which will hold new engineering and chemistry labs along with marine science facilities with deep water access. Construction is underway and facilities are expected to go in-service in 2017.
- Biomedical Research Laboratories: Since 1999, the following laboratories have been developed by NIH SCORE Program faculty to conduct biomedical research: 1) a biochemical toxicology laboratory, 2) a molecular genetics laboratory, and 3) a biochemistry laboratory and a cell-culture facility. In addition to these laboratories, the SCORE Program has established: a) a radioisotope laboratory, b) a small animal facility and c) a Core-Facility. All these laboratories and facilities are active and fully equipped with funds from NIGMS/NIH, the US Air Force, NOAA and the US Department of Education Title III Program. The Core-Facility has several major instruments required for faculty and students to conduct the biomedical research.
- Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research Laboratory (BTRL): The BTRL is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation such as the ballistic bombardment device (gene gun), thermal cycler, growth chambers, CO2 Incubator, transfer hoods and several other pieces of equipment needed for conducting experiments in biotechnology and molecular biology.
- Hemolytic Anemia Research Laboratory: This laboratory is fully equipped with a Beckman centrifuge, UV Spectrophotometer, Waters HPLC, Laminar Flow Hood, and gel electrophoresis units required to conduct hematology research. Undergraduate students conduct research in this laboratory as part of their research courses.
- Environmental Health Research Facility: This facility is well equipped to conduct analytical environmental health research. The equipment includes: a Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer, an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, a Gas Chromatograph, a Liquid Scintillation Counter, and a Gamma Counter. This laboratory has the capability of analyzing organochlorine compounds, PCBs, PAHs, dioxins, heavy metals and radionuclides in biological tissues, plant, soil and sediments.
- The Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC): The LMRCSC is an established collaborative research center, with partners including NOAA and the University of Maryland, which prepares students for careers in marine science. The center has been instrumental in providing the training for the science majors and marine science graduate students in conducting research. Each year the center enables many students to present papers at national and international conferences.
- Chemistry Research Laboratories: There are four state-of-the art research laboratories, an instrument room and a cold room in the renovated Drew-Griffith Building. There is also a computer laboratory for the chemistry program. The instruments available for teaching and research are of the quality and caliber to support graduate level research, including a JEOL ECX 300 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer, Varian BioMelt Uv-Visible Spectrophotometer and Fluorescence BioMelt, Thermo Electron Polaris Polaris Q, CEM Microwave System, Applied Separations Super Critical Fluid Extraction System and Shimadzu Prestige FT-IR.
- Teaching Laboratories: The teaching laboratories are modern and well equipped. All the laboratories are equipped with extractor arm on each lab table. The MeasureNet, network-powered data acquisition system is used in the teaching of General Chemistry labs.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory: The GIS Laboratory In Herty Hall supports ArcInfo, Statistical Analysis Software (SAS, Inc.), and the Statistical Program for the Social Sciences (SPSS). It is one of the most powerful computing laboratories on the SSU campus. It has 20 stations equipped with Arc Info 9.2, SPSS, SAS, and Microsoft Office Professional. It also holds audio-visual and video-conferencing equipment, a wireless network and microphone system, as well as a plotter. This facility is connected to the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center's virtual campus. The laboratory was noted by analysts at the Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission as having the largest GIS training capacity in this region.