Our laboratories and instrument facilities are located in the Norman W. Church Laboratory of Chemical Biology and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Laboratory of Chemical Synthesis.

The Hsieh-Wilson lab-space consists of:

  • four connecting main laboratories
  • conference room
  • instrument room
  • microscope room
  • tissue culture room
  • cold room
  • gel electrophoresis room

Main Labs

Students and postdocs work in the four laboratory rooms on the first floor of Church. This lab-space contains our fume hoods, benches, and desks, and was recently renovated in 2008. In order to facilitate communication between lab members, all room are connected via a common walkway.

Longitudinal view of the labs

Student desks

A chemist's fume hood

A biologist's bench

Solvent system for drying organic solvents

Rotary evaporator (one per chemist in the lab)

Automated column for large-scale column chromatography

Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) for characterizing polymers


Conference Room

Our conference room is equipped with a state-of-the-art projection system, two PCs and one Macintosh computer for group usage, two printers, an overhead projector, scanner, bookshelves, and a whiteboard. The kitchen sink, fridge, and coffee area are also located in this room (which doubles as a breakroom).

Long-table for group meetings

Kitchen and coffee area


Instrument Room

The instrument room is located across the hall from our main laboratories and contains our analytical instruments, sample-handing equipment, storage freezers, and refrigerators.

Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer

UV-visible spectrometer

Lyophilizer for freeze-drying samples

Vacuum concentrator

Imaging system for Western blot analysis

Orbital shaker and centrifuge


Microscope Room

Originally a microscope room in the basement of Crellin building, we have expanded our instrument room into this room as well.

Fluorescence microscope

Cryostat for preparing frozen tissue sections

Isothermal titration calorimeter (ITC) for quantifying protein-glycan interactions

Plate reader for photometric and fluorescent-based assays


Auxiliary Rooms

In addition to the aforementioned spaces, our lab is also equipped with a cold room, tissue culture room, and gel electrophoresis room. All three rooms are located across the hallway from the main labs, on the first floor of Church building.

Cold room

Fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC)

Tissue culture room

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine

Gel electrophoresis apparatus

Other side of the gel room