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The School of Science offers students many unique research opportunities that are not typically available to undergraduate students.

We have specialized labs and equipment that give our students the opportunity to conduct research and experiments examining many different scientific areas. This hands-on learning experience is a crucial element of a science education, and prepares students for success in post-baccalaureate studies and professional work.

Biology Facilities

Our Biology program has several labs in the Leo Building and in the Higgins Center. These are specific labs dedicated to research and teaching in the following areas:

  • Microbiology
  • Animal paleontology
  • Genetics/developmental biology
  • Ecological research
  • Plant morphogenesis

There is also a greenhouse, as well as ample equipment and supplies for our students to conduct cutting-edge research. Students are involved in the entire process of scientific investigations, from learning about a subject to building and testing hypotheses, conducting experiments, analyzing results and evaluating data in the context of previous scientific evidence.

Biology Equipment

Teaching Labs
  • Visible Light Spectrometers 
  • Leica CME Binocular Microscopes 
  • Anatomy models
  • Comparative anatomy osteology collection
  • Environmental Chambers (light/temperature control for bacterial colonies, protists, plants)
  • Incubator (-80ºC)
  • Field gear (e.g., waders, nets, binoculars and other collecting materials)
Research Labs
  • PCR machines 
  • UV cross linker (nucelotide onto membranes for hybrid) 
  • Hybridization ovens for southern or northern blotting
  • Ultra-pure water system
  • UV spec. to quantify nucleic acids
  • Micro balances
  • Micro centrifuge 
  • Gel drying rack
  • CO2 incubators 
  • Sorvall Centrifuge 
  • Cryostat
  • Ultra centrifuge
  • Autocalve drying chamber
  • Inverted florescent microscope (cells)
  • Florescent stero-microscope (3-D imaging)
  • Nikon imaging capture software (stack 2d → 3D) deconvolution
  • Nano-injection apparatus 
  • NanoDrop 8000 spectrophotometer (for quantifying nucleic acids)
  • Qubit nucleic acid quantifier using fluorescence
  • Geneious bioinformatics software for sequence data analysis 
  • Real time PCR machine
  • Sonicator cell disruptor 
  • Flow cytometer
  • NanoDrop (molecular quantification) 
  • Shaking incubators
  • Gel imaging software 
  • Micro-plate readers (fluorescent) 
  • Cell imaging 
  • Nucleocounter (automated cytometry)

Biochemistry Facilities

Major Equipment 

  • Multi-Mode Plate Reader for luminescence, absorbance, and fluorescence kinetics readings
  • GE AKTA Pure chromatography system with fraction collector and size exclusion columns
  • Aplegen Omega Lum G imaging system 
  • Azure Biosystems c600 imaging system
  • Molecular Devices Quick Drop
  • BioRad c1000 PCR 
  • Sorvall RC-5C high-speed centrifuge
  • Beckman GS-6R centrifuge
  • 3 microcentrifuges (2 x Hettich and 1 Eppendorf)
  • Incubator-shakers and non-shaking incubators
  • Millipore Muse cell analyzer
  • QSonica sonicator
  • BioRad Trans-Blot turbo transfer system
  • BioRad's CFX96 Touch Real-time PCR

Chemistry Facilities

Our Chemistry laboratories provide state-of-the-art instrumentation including:

Analytical, Physical, Spectroscopy and Materials Science

  • Thermo Scientific Gas Chromatograph with Single Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) 
  • Thermo Nicolet Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FTIR) (2 units)
  • Photon Technology International Spectrofluorometer 
  • Thermo Electron Atomic Absorption Spectrometer with Flame Atomizer
  • Agilent Cary 5000 UV-Vis- NIR Spectrophotometer 
  • Agilent Photodiode Array UV-Vis Spectrophotometers (2 units)
  • Bruker D2 Phaser Powder X-ray Diffractometer 
  • Perkin Elmer Gas Chromatograph with Flame Ionization Detector
  • Ted Pella 108 Auto Sputter Coater with Thickness Measurement System
  • Stratalinker 1800 UV Crosslinker 
  • Edmund Buehler MAM-1 Arc-melter 
  • Leitz Miniload 2 Vickers Microhardness tester 
  • Fisher Scientific 2.8L Ultrasonic Bath
  • MTI Corp. OTF-1200X High Temperature Tube Furnace
  • Thermo Scientific Thermolyne Muffle Furnace

Organic Chemistry

  • Anasazi Eft-60 NMR Spectrometer
  • Thermo Nicolet Avatar 370 FT-IR Spectrometers (2 units)
  • GOW-MAC Series 350 Gas Chromatograph with Thermal Conductivity Detector 
  • GOW-MAC Series 400 Gas Chromatograph with Thermal Conductivity Detector
  • Vernier Mini GC Gas Chromatograph (2 units)
  • Buck Scientific BLC-10 Isocratic Series HPLC
  • Azzota Automatic Polarimeter
  • Bellingham + Standley Ltd. ADP-410 Polarimeter
  • Teledyne Isco Combiflash Retrieve Lab Sample Separator Flash Chromatography

Environmental Science Facilities

  • Weather Station
  • Furnance and Polymer Tumbler
  • Arduino sensors for NO2, O3, volatile organic compounds, particulate matters, CO, CO2, UV, temperature and humidity

Physics Facilities

Our Physics laboratories include two labs dedicated to experimental optics, as well as labs where research is conducted on modern physics and theoretical physics projects.

Optics Laboratory

The Optics Laboratory is an undergraduate teaching laboratory for all levels. Experiments for advanced undergraduates include projects in: 

  • Polarization
  • Interference
  • Diffraction
  • Spectrometry
  • Fiber optics
  • Holography

The Laser Laboratory 

The Laser Laboratory is equipped for sophisticated research in:

  • Interferometry 
  • Optical Analysis of Materials
In this lab, students have access to automated data acquisition, lock-in amplifiers, higher-power lasers, spectrum analyzers and other equipment and components. Experiments are designed to address current issues in optical science, and students learn how to conduct experiments, use research equipment, collect and analyze data, and present results. Students can design their own research projects to conduct with guidance from an experienced faculty member. 


The Modern Physics Laboratory

Our Modern Physics Laboratory is dedicated to work on modern and theoretical physics projects. For example:

  • The classic experiments (e.g. Frank Hertz, Zeeman’s effect)
  • Muon Physics setup equipped with a plastic scintillator and a photomultiplier tube (PMT) to determine the lifetime of muon lifetime and to study relativistic time dilation
  • Gamma Spectroscopy with a computer controlled multi-channel analyzer
  • Using Hall Effect measurements to determine the band gap in a semiconductor
  • Using powder x-ray diffraction to study the crystal structure and phases of powder materials, and analyzing diffraction pattern to obtain lattice parameters of the powder

Senior-level students do advanced experiments such as synthesizing doped oxides using solid state reaction, making nanotubes using electrochemical anodization and characterizing the structure of materials using different spectroscopies. Associated with the lab is a machine shop (with a Sawzall, drill press, metal lathe and more) and a well-equipped electronics lab that students can use for both school and personal projects.

Access to National and International Facilities

Our students routinely join their faculty conducting research at national facilities, like Brookhaven National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory as well as the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) where they are exposed to the most advanced research facilities and physics thinkers of the world.

Computer Science Facilities

The Computer Science facilities include a Linux lab, as well as a number of Windows-based labs. There is also access to a high-speed Beowulf computer cluster for high performance computing.

Kakos Center for Scientific Computing

Thanks to the generosity of the Mr. Michael J. ’58 and Aimee Rusinko Kakos endowment, the Manhattan College School of Science is honored to have the Kakos Center for Scientific Computing.

Located in Hayden Hall, the Kakos Center offers our students and faculty cutting edge computer facilities with a cluster of several Windows workstations and three separate high performance Linux based servers optimized for parallel computing and scientific applications. Each of these systems has been tailored for computational tasks as diverse as quantum mechanical, biophysical, and even biomedical fields. The HPCs are named Dionysus, Hephaestus, Athena, and the soon to be ready Artemis; they were built in house.

The center also houses a 64 TB network attached storage. The latest addition to the center is a 3D printer, along with a strand splicer to print multi-colored 3D models.

Dionysus (Greek god ofthe grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth)

Dionysus was the first machine built, and runs on a CPU with 24 threads, 64 GB of DDR3 RAM, and 4 Tesla k20 CUDA GPUs designed for enterprise workflows.

Hephaestus (Greek god of blacksmiths, metalworking, carpenters, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metallurgy, fire, and volcanoes)

Hephaestus boasts of a CPU with 88 threads, 512 GB of DDR4 RAM, and 6 Quadro M4000 CUDA GPUs, designed for parallelized virtualization.

Athena (Greek goddess associated with wisdom, handicraft, and warfare)

Athena is the latest addition to the Kakos Center family.  It is powered by a CPU with 20 threads, 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, and 2 Quadro P5000 16 GB CUDA GPUs.

Artemis (Greek goddess associated with the hunt, wilderness, wild animals, and the Moon)

Artemis is planned to run on a CPU with 32 threads, 128 GB of DDR4 RAM, and 4 Quadro P5000 16GB CUDA GPUs.

Software installed on these systems include:

  • Linux Open Source Scientific Software
  • Complete suite of Linux Open Source scientific software
  • SPARTAN© (state of the art proprietary Quantum Chemistry Molecular Orbital and Density Functional Theory software)
  • MATHEMATICA© (technical computing system spanning most areas of technical computing — including neural networks, machine learning, image processing, geometry, data science, visualizations, and others. The system is used in many technical, scientific, engineering, mathematical, and computing fields.)
  • MAPLE© (mathematics software that combines the world's most powerful mathematics engine with an interface that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve mathematical problems)
  • MATLAB© (combines a desktop environment tuned for iterative analysis and design processes with a programming language that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly. It includes the Live Editor for creating scripts that combine code, output, and formatted text in an executable notebook).
  • VASP© (Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package: atomic scale materials modelling from first principles) 
  • MAGMA© (a computer algebra system designed to solve problems in algebra, number theory, geometry and combinatorics.)

Some of the projects enabled by the Kakos Center include:

  • Economic research on how wealth inequality affects asset pricing
  • Convolutional neural network with multi-valued neurons – design, testing, applications in image recognition
  • Searching for observable relics from an oscillating epoch in the early universe
  • Large integer arithmetic in GPU for Cryptography
  • Speed up Big Data Encryption on GPU using CUDA
  • Molecular Calculations
  • Higgs Boson Research
  • Calculations using VASP software
  • Similarities in Medical Terminology using Word2Vec
  • Intelligent image filtering and deblurring using a complex-valued neural network
Apart from these, the machines have also been used by our students for various Master Thesis projects, Capstone projects, and summer research projects.