The Bondesson Lab, led by Maria Bondesson, associate chair of ISE, focuses on identifying toxic chemicals among environmental pollutants and deciphering the mechanisms by which they act. Bondesson and her team study zebrafish in various stages of development to learn how they might be impacted by different substances introduced into their environment.
The fish facility previously was housed in a small room in Simon Hall, a biology building on the southern edge of campus. The main goals of the Research Lab are to identify toxic chemicals among environmental pollutants and to decipher the mechanisms by which they act. Our ultimate goal is to protect humans and wildlife from exposure to toxic chemicals.
The architectural project scope entailed the creation of a Wet Lab with an Aquarium Rack with water treatment for approximately 500 Fish Tanks, water-resistant flooring, lab safety equipment, floor drains, two sinks, temperature and light control, RO or DI water, provisions for tissue culture hoods, CO2, vacuum, propane, liquid nitrogen, localized distilled water, RO system, refrigeration, freezers, ice maker, emergency power, provisions for centrifuges, microscopy, an autoclave space, and access to a shared chemistry prep space with fume hood(s). Project features included a dedicated chemical room and a cell culture room.