- Linfield College

Biology Department Facilities

Murdock hall
Murdock Hall

The Biology Department is located on the second floors of Murdock and Graf Halls, on the central quad of the Linfield McMinnville Campus. Murdock and Graf contain teaching laboratories shared by all Biology faculty, as well as individual faculty research labs adjacent to faculty offices.

Research Resources & Equipment

Our faculty engage in research in diverse areas of biology including sponge microbiology, the evolution and diversity of parasitic plants, hair cell physiology in the zebrafish model organism, microRNA regulation of gene expression in the fruit fly model organism, and terrestrial invertebrate food web ecology. This diversity is reflected in the variety of resources and equipment present in the Biology Department.


The Biology Department uses numerous microscopes for our various imaging needs. These include:

  • A Zeiss Axio Observer Z1 inverted fluorescent microscope equipped with an AxioCam MRm camera and an Eppendorf FemtoJet for microinjections
  • A Zeiss Axioskop epifluorescence microscope with differential interference-contrast optics
  • Leica and Olympus dissecting and compound microscopes
  • A Zeiss LSCM-710 Scanning Confocal Microscope (via a User Agreement with Willamette University for no-cost use of their microscope)
  • A scanning electron microscope at a local company (APTech) run by Linfield Physics professor Bill Mackie

Specialty Areas

We have a number of specialty areas for research including:

  • A walk-in environmental chamber
  • Cell growth chambers
  • Plant growth chambers
  • An herbarium containing ~ 5,000 specimens

Equipment for Molecular and Cellular Biology

The Biology Department is well-equipped for molecular and cellular research. The related modern equipment in departmental teaching and research labs includes:

  • Cell and tissue culture facilities with vertical laminar flow hoods
  • All standard molecular biology equipment necessary for nucleic acid and protein analysis (including Thermocyclers for standard and quantitative PCR, Gel EZ and Chemidoc Imagers, BioSpec-nanos for quantification, and protein and nucleotide gel apparatuses (including 2-D))

Additionally, we have a variety of field equipment useful for both terrestrial and aquatic sampling and monitoring, and excellent computing facilities along with software for receptor-ligand binding studies, DNA and protein phylogenetic analysis, and statistical computation.