Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
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Neuroscience and Physiology

Here are some of the key equipment for use by our faculty and their students in neuroscience

  • Fluorescence microscope with high-speed camera and fixed stage
    • live cell imaging (Calcium imaging and voltage-sensitive dye imaging)
  • Stereoscope with fluorescence and video capture
    • used for behavioral observations and optical imaging
  • Inverted microscope for anatomical studies
  • Intracellular and extracellular recording amplifiers
    • measures neuronal activities
  • Voltage clamp, current clamp, patch clamp and dynamic clamp systems
    • measures ionic currents in cells
  • In vivo electrophysiology system
    • for studying neuronal activity in living animals
  • Electrophoresis rig for gels
  • Microinjection/ picospritzer
    • for injecting DNA/RNA and dyes into cells or tissue
  • Laser-photoablation to selectively disable neurons
  • Thermocycler for amplifying DNA
  • QM-4 fluorimeter
  • Variety of high speed & ultra-centrifuges, micro centrifuges
  • Triaxial magnetic coil system for magnetic field manipulation in behavioral experiments
  • Unix and PC clusters for computer modeling
  • A 32 channel EEG/ERP system for monitoring brain activity
  • An eye-tracker for monitoring eye movements and pupil size
  • Voltammetry rig to measure in vivo changes of neurotransmitter release
  • Implantable voltammetry device and stimulator
    • for controlling neurotransmitter release from dopaminergic neurons