The Clapp, Langley, Crawford, and Life Sciences Annex complex is the home of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. The CLC complex is managed by Frank Vincunas, and the facilities are maintained by David Malicki.
The Department is superbly equipped with a wide variety of instrumentation and numerous common facilities including:
- Cold rooms
- Warm rooms
- Virus and tissue culture facilities
- Dedicated microscopy facility
- PhosphorImage workstation
- Animal facility
- Real-time PCR machines
- High throughput DNA sequencing machines
In addition, the complex houses the Langley Biological Sciences Library, the Hughes computing laboratory, several state-of-the-art greenhouses and plant growth facilities, and its own well-equipped stockroom carrying virtually all commonly-used reagents and supplies.
Cell Culture and Virus Laboratories
The Department of Biological Sciences maintains a completely equipped biological containment facility for work with animal viruses and cells or tissue infected with such agents.
On the first floor of Clapp Hall, the department maintains a computing laboratory for undergraduate education and research. Because this lab was originally fitted with funds from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant it is affectionately referred to as the ‘Hughes’ lab.
Conveniently located atop Langley Hall is a modern greenhouse complex which allows scientists to conduct simultaneous experiments requiring different growth environments.
The Department of Biological Sciences maintains several versatile state-of-the-art digital imaging systems that combine high sensitivity with the ability to perform rigorous quantitation and analysis of a wide range of experimental applications.
Learn more about Networking in the BioSci Complex
The Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE) is a superb year-round facility that is part of Pitt's Department of Biological Sciences. Located in Northwestern Pennsylvania on the shores of beautiful Pymatuning Lake, PLE is dedicated to serving the academic community and visitors from around the world.
In the past two decades, biology and medicine have played an increasing role in our society, especially here in Pittsburgh. In response, the Dept. of Biological Sciences has increased the number of lab course spaces available to students, as well as redesigned their purpose.
204 Clapp Hall