Forensic Science Lab


As a forensic science student you will use state-of-the-art facilities in the Natural Sciences and Stillwell Buildings. Modern scientific equipment and instrumentation is available in each of the related programs for you to obtain hands-on experience in forensic techniques.  The DNA Research Laboratories at WCU are cutting-edge and include dedicated DNA extraction and amplification spaces. 

Chemical Inventory: MSDS

Lab Safety

Chemical Hygiene

The chemical stockroom has a variety of chemicals and glassware to support research projects and instructional laboratories. The research operations manager is responsible for access to the stockroom, chemical waste removal, and safety education.


Wesley W. Bintz
College of Arts & Sciences
Research Operations Manager
Phone: 828-227-2270
Email: wwbintz@email.wcu.edu
Office Address: 204 Natural Sciences Building

  • M.S., Western Carolina University, 2006

  • B.S., University of South Florida, 2003

Forensic Science Lab

Forensic Science Lab

QiagenEIzQiagen EZ-1
DNA Extraction Robot

Labconco Logic+ Biosafety Cabinet - Level IILabconco Logic+
Biosafety Cabinet Level II

SPEX 6770 Freezer/MillSPEX 6770 

AirClean Systems Bone Grinding HoodAirClean Systems
Bone Grinding Hood

AirClean Systems Laminar Flow PCR HoodsAirClean Systems Laminar
Flow PCR Hoods

Applied Biosystems 3130xl and 3500xl Capillary Electrophoresis DNA SequencersApplied Biosystems 
DNA Sequencers


Additional Instrumentation: 

  • Applied Biosystems 7500 Real-Time PCR Systems (x2)
  • Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer (x2)
  • Bio-Rad QX200 Droplet Digital PCR System
  • Thermo Scientific Nanodrop 2000 Spectrophotometer
  • Illumina MiSeq Second Generation Sequencer
  • Illumina GA IIx Second Generation Sequencer
  • Life Technologies Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine Second Generation Sequencer
  • Zeiss AxioImager Polarized Light Microscope with Fluorescence Capabilities
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