Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building

The Duvall lab is housed in the new Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building (ESB)! This collaborative research environment (including spaces shared with Dr. Todd Giorgio and Dr. Jonathan Brunger) houses a variety of equipment that enables cutting edge applications in synthesis, characterization, and biological testing of advanced therapeutic biomaterials. Also located within the ESB is the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE), which houses a number of synthesis and characterization resources used by our lab.

ESB Building at night


Chemistry & Characterization Equipment

  • Fully equipped chemical/polymer synthesis suite
  • Oligonucleotide Synthesizer
  • DMF Gel Permeation Chromatography
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Peptide Synthesizer
  • Refractometer
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC)
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Biology Equipment

  • BSL 2 cell culture hoods (5)
  • Bacterial culture room and biosafety cabinet
  • Intravital Imaging System (IVIS) and small animal procedure room
  • Nikon Confocal Microscope (4 laser, 4 channel, atmospheric control, intravital) in dedicated microscopy suite
  • Nikon Macroscope (with brightfield and fluorescence) in dedicated microscopy suite
  • Tecan Plate Reader (fully tunable excitation / emission, absorbance, fluorescence, temperature, shaking, kinetics, etc.)
  • Automated plate washer
  • Biorad Thermocycler
  • Western blotting / PCR product gel electrophoresis
  • UV Gel Imager