Department of Biology Facilities and Partners

Faculty and students within the Department of Biology have a wealth of resources available in internal, shared-use facilities.

Departmental Facilities

Comparative Genomics Center  The Comparative Genomics Center (CGC) provides high-tech, high-throughput tools (e.g., ABI PRISM Genetic Analyzers, Victor3V plate reader, Qiagen BioRobot 8000, Real Time PCR system) for Biology faculty, students, and staff conducting genetic and genomic research.

Imaging Facility The departmental imaging facility provides training and access to state-of-the-art light microscopy instrumentation, including laser scanning confocal microscopes, a transmission electron microscope, and a scanning electron microscope, as well as computers for image analysis and instruments for sample preparation.

Botany Greenhouse  The departmental greenhouse has over 8,000 square feet of research space and a superb staff dedicated to assisting researchers with plant care and experimental set-up. The greenhouse also has a vast teaching collection, currently comprising 2,255 species in 610 genera and 144 families.

Medicinal Herb Garden  At two and a half acres the Medicinal Herb Garden is one of the largest public gardens of its kind. It houses over 1,000 species from around the world used in historic and modern times for treating a wide array of ailments, as well as for use as fiber, dye, spices, and ceremonial purposes.

UW Farm  The UW Farm was established in 2004 by several faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Biology whose goal was to educate the UW community about the global impacts of our food choices. The farm serves as a model for sustainable, urban agriculture and has been incorporated into the curriculum of classes ranging from ecology to anthropology. The UW Farm is now a registered student organization (RSO) with over 600 members.

Partner Facilities and Programs at the UW

Burke Museum of Natural History Culture  The Burke Museum maintains Washington’s collections of natural history and cultural heritage. Located on the UW campus, the Burke houses more than 12 million artifacts and specimens in its anthropology, biology, and geology research divisions.

Herbarium at the Burke Museum The UW Herbarium is an international resource for research in the diversity, distribution, and ecology of Pacific Northwest vascular plants, non-vascular plants, fungi, lichen, and algae. With over 600,000 specimens currently in the collections and between 5,000-10,000 specimens added annually, the UW’s Herbarium is one of the largest herbaria in the region.

Friday Harbor Laboratories UW’s Friday Harbor Labs is a world-renowned marine biology field station featuring first-rate research and teaching programs. FHL is on San Juan Island, located between mainland Washington and Vancouver Island.

Additional facilities and partners on campus

UW Partners in the Puget Sound Area

UW Biology has a vast network of regional partners that provide faculty and students tremendous opportunity for local, collaborative research. Collaborations with medical facilities, biotech companies, environmental conservation organizations, government agencies, and other UW departments foster the exchange of ideas, techniques, and technologies, thereby enhancing research capabilities and potential impacts in fields from conservation to technology to human health.