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Department of Biology - Research Opportunities

Many graduating students work with faculty on research programs. Encouraging this kind of participation is what allows the department to publish between 20 to 25 scholarly journals each year.


As an Purdue FW biology major, you will have an opportunity with many of your classes to apply what is taught in class in a laboratory environment. The skills and experience that you will garner from working in our laboratories will prove essential for future employment or further schooling. Laboratories in all of the major disciplines of Biology will allow the student to experience the application side of Genetics, Ecology, Microbiology, and Physiology – just to name a few.

Lab sizes are smaller than most lecture classes to allow for maximum assistance from the professors to each of the students. Because most of the labs run congruent with its affiliated lecture class, you will get to experience the concepts you are currently studying as real, dynamic phenomenon.

The laboratory exercises in themselves are a mix of individual and group work. This gives students the broadest possible experience in how to work and succeed in the laboratory environment (something that will serve many students well after they have graduated). Many exercises will also involve a student write up, polishing your scientific writing abilities and allowing you the chance to reveal what insights you have gained from the exercises.

We have a 9,000 square foot AAALAC approved animal facility that provides housing for different species of experimental animals and also contains an animal surgical suite and five research laboratories. We also have a new, state-of-the-art greenhouse and associated head house attached to our new science building.


The Biology department at Purdue University Fort Wayne offers both undergraduate and graduate students the tools and equipment necessary to further their understanding of the world around them. The equipment currently available in the department include a quantitative real-time PCR cycler, PCR thermal cyclers, gel documentation system, NanoDrop spectrophotometers, Qubit 3 system, UV-Visible spectrophotometer, plate reader, epifluorescence microscope, inverted and upright microscopes, stereo microscopes, scanning electron microscope, ultracentrifuge, liquid scintillation counter, HPLC, refrigerated centrifuges, electroporator, ultrasonicator, rotary evaporator, biological safety cabinets (Class II B2), laminar flow clean benches, chemical fume hoods, dark room, cold room, autoclaves, ultra-cold freezers, drying ovens, electrophoresis equipment, glassware washer, orbital shaker incubators, microbiological incubators, CO2 incubators, anaerobic chambers, plant growth incubators, aquaculture facility, greenhouse and equipment for ecological research.