Facilities and Resources

Our extensive facilities, both within the department and across the University, are among the finest available. Through University support and support awarded to individual researchers from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and American Cancer Society and many other agencies, the Department of Microbiology at Ohio State University provides the most modern technology for life-science research.Our department occupies 43,000 square feet in the Biological Sciences Building and in the new, multimillion dollar Riffe Riffe Research CenterResearch Center housing state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. The department operates specialized services including computer-controlled fermentation and the production of monoclonal antibodies. Instrumentation and facilities available to all researchers within the department include housing and care for research animals, ultracentrifuges, liquid scintillation counters, high pressure liquid chromatographic equipment, constant-temperature rooms, media preparation and glassware washing services, a photography center, PCR amplification machines and a gel imaging system.

Other facilities available to researchers include electron microscopy and analytical services such as NMR, GC mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, and a variety of computing systems, ranging from personal computers to a Cray Y-MP/864supercomputer. Each laboratory in the department is linked through a campus-wide network to several mainframe computers permitting access to programs that include the Wisconsin GCG DNA sequence analysis program and the Lexis/Nexis search system. The College of Biological Sciences operates a Computational Biology Facility for studies on protein and nucleic acids structures.

The University Libraries System at Ohio State University comprises over 36 individual libraries that in total hold over 4 million print volumes. Ohio State LibraryUniversity has long been recognized as a pioneer in the application of computer technology to library service. Our computers provide rapid access to information on the location and availability of books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials. Nowhere is this access more evident than in the new Pharmacy/Biological Sciences library, which occupies 21,000 sq. ft. and includes many computer workstations. This library, housed within the biological sciences complex, boasts subscriptions to more than 1,500 journals and contains more than 120,000 volumes. Libraries in the physical sciences, agriculture and medicine augment the extensive journal collections, reference sources, monographs, and texts available to researchers at Ohio State University.

NEW: The Plant-Microbe Genomics Facility. This facility is to serve the entire Ohio State University as well as the researchers in the state of Ohio and beyond, by providing resources in order to study genomes from DNA sequence to protein expression. For more information go to the PMGF home page.

In addition to the University’s exceptional resources, you will have access to Chemical Abstracts Service, which is located adjacent to the central campus. Its unsurpassed holdings are available to all Ohio State University students and faculty.

Campus Facilities available to assist the research community at Ohio State.

  • The OSU Fermentation Facility
  • Plant-Microbe Genomics Facility
  • The Department of Microbiology Circular-Dichroism Spectrophotometer
  • The Department of Microbiology Differential Calorimeter


Other Ohio State Resources to assist you.

  • Bacteriophage Ecology Group
  • A summary of Microbiology and Immunology collaboration opportunities at OSU