Gene Probes and Expression Systems Laboratory

GeneLab undertakes specific research and training projects, which require expertise in gene cloning, PCR, DNA sequencing, cDNA library construction, gene expression and other molecular methods. 

In addition, GeneLab performs custom research projects that require other biological experimentation in collaboration with faculty and using facilities of the School of Veterinary Medicine and LSU. 

Computer analysis of DNA sequences as well as consultation on molecular biological research is provided free of charge. GeneLab provides support letters to LSU-affiliated researchers for federal and state funding agencies on request.

GeneLab has two Applied Biosystems 3130 Genetic Analyzers, four real-time PCR instruments (two ABI 7900HT Sequence Detection Systems, one ABI 7500fast Sequence Detection System, and one Roche LightCycler 480 II), Alpha Innotech Fluorochem Q imaging station, BioRad BioPlex, Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer, two MJ Research PTC-200 Peltier Thermal Cyclers, Bio-Rad GenePulser Xcell Electroporation System, Eppendorf Centrifuge 5417C, Qiagen 4-15C tabletop centrifuge, Turner Designs TD-20/20 Luminometer, NanoDrop ND-1000 Spectrophotometer, Molecular Devices SpectraMax M2 microplate reader, Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer, and various computers and software.

Additional equipment are available in the departments of Pathobiological Sciences and Comparative Biomedical Sciences that house centralized facilities such as the Organ and Tissue Culture Laboratory, the Glassware and Media Preparation Laboratory, the Electron Microscopy Laboratory, and the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.

GeneLab now operates a Supply Center offering scientific reagents and supplies from Life Technologies (formerly Applied Biosystems and Invitrogen Corp). Discounted pricing has been negotiated with these vendors to ensure that LSU researchers get the most value for their money. In addition, free shipping will be offered to all orders shipped directly to GeneLab. For most orders this is an additional savings of 15-25%.

Investigators have the cost-free option of picking up their orders from GeneLab (located in room 3212 of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine) or having their orders delivered to an LSU campus address for an additional $5, to be invoiced via an LSU Internal Transaction.