The Fletcher Jones Foundation Genomics Center
Opened in 2020, the Fletcher Jones Foundation Genomics Center is a collaborative hub for DNA research at Occidental College. We have a special focus on using historical DNA from biodiversity collections in modern molecular research. Our primary goals are to facilitate professional research and train Occidental College undergraduates in cutting-edge genomic techniques, equipment, and analysis to prepare them for jobs in biotech, government, or academic research.
Located on the 3rd Floor of the Bioscience building (room 311), the 1,000 square foot FJF Genomic Center contains one large wet lab, one freezer room, and one clean room for ancient DNA extraction. The space joins Biology to the Moore Lab of Zoology, acting as a physical hub between research programs.
- Next-generation DNA sequencing: llumina MiSeq - 15 Gb of output with 25 million sequencing reads and 2 × 300 bp read lengths, primarily used for targeted resequencing
- DNA Fragmentation: QSonica 800R (24 samples)
- Bioanalyzer Agilent 2100 Gel Electrophoresis system for high-sensitivity DNA quantification
- qPCR Machine: CFX96 Touch Real-Time PCR Detection System
- BioRad T100 single-block, 96-well thermal cyclers (4)
- Eppendorf Centrifuge 5424R (cold centrifuge capacity)
- Qubit fluorimeter for quantifying DNA
- Freezers: -80°C, -20°C and -4°C
- Chemical Fume Hood (one in clean room)
- Laminar Flow Hood: Labconco Purifier® Logic®+ Class II B2 Biosafety Cabinet with UV light
Joseph Schulz teaches zoology, biochemistry, and vertebrate physiology. His research focuses on the activity and evolution of venom peptides in fish-hunting cone snails.