Instrumentation Design

The Instrument Design Lab (IDL) is an analytical resource laboratory which provides collaborative support to research scientists in the natural sciences in order to enhance their research through custom instrumentation and laboratory automation.

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  • Laboratory automation design and development
  • Sensor and actuator implementation
  • Fabricate electronic and computer-based instrumentation and programmable mechanical devices
  • Printed circuit board layouts, machine shop plans and documentation preparation
Kenneth Ratzlaff, Ph.D
Malott Hall, room 6042


Biochemistry & Protein Science

Bioinformatics & Modeling


Materials Characterization

Molecular Structures

Translational Biology

Ability to set up 24 NMR experiments at one time and eliminate periodic user intervention
Screen up to 100,000 compounds in two days for endpoint assays
Next-generation genome sequencing
Near-infrared and bioluminescence imaging instrumentation to track gene of interest and/or tumor growth
Expertise in the design and stability of various pharmaceutical dosage forms
More than 40 computational chemistry software programs and databases
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