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Molecular Biology Core Facility


This facility, supervised by Dr. Andrew C. Doxey, provides state-of-the-art imaging and analysis equipment for students and faculty to use in their research. These items are usually not available in individual laboratories, so their presence in a shared facility enhances the graduate experience for our students. In addition, the molecular core facility has a set of basic molecular biology equipment that is universally available so that students who are not in molecular biology oriented labs who might need such equipment for a small part of their project have access to what they need.

Equipment and services available

  1. Centralized instrument room with 24-hour access (B1-371)
  2. Online equipment booking
  3. Shakers, centrifuges, and autoclaves 
  4. Ultrapure water dispensing (Milli-Q)
  5. Real-time/Quantitative PCR, Gel-imagers and spectrophotometers
  6. Flow cytometry and cell sorting (FACS) 
  7. Lyophilizer (freeze dryer) and freezer alarm monitoring

MBCF service charges

  1. MBCF basic service charge: $30 per month (includes equipment/service #1-5)
  2. Flow cytometry and cell sorting: please refer to the FACS webpage for details
  3. -80°C Freezer rental space: 
    • full shelf: $50/month (12" x 33" x 20")
    • half shelf: $25/month (12" x 15" x 20")
  4. Lyophilizer (freeze dryer): $20 per 24-hours (minimum); please inquire regarding sample preparation details.

Contact information

For MBCF policy please contact

Dr. Andrew Doxey

Molecular Core – Director
University of Waterloo
Biology 1, Room 166A
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Telephone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 33889
Fax: (519) 746-0614
Email: acdoxey@uwaterloo.ca

For technical and service please contact

Akash Jairaj

Molecular Core – FACS Specialist
University of Waterloo
Biology 2, Room 357A
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Telephone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 33526
Fax: (519) 746-0614
Email: ajairaj@uwaterloo.ca