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FS Student Hilde Stawski


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
Office Address: 204 Natural Sciences Building

  • M.S., Western Carolina University, 2006

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



Life Technologies Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine Second Generation Sequencer

Illumina MiSeq

Illumina MiSeq Second Generation Sequencer (x2)


Bio-Rad QX200 Droplet Digital PCR System


Applied Systems 3500xL Genetic Analyzer

Caliper Zephyr Liquid Handling Robot

Applied Biosystems 7500 Real-Time PCR Systems (x2)

QuantStudio 5 Real-Time PCR System

Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer (x2)

Qiagen EZ1 Advanced XL for automated nucleic acid purification

Thermo Scientific Nanodrop 2000 Spectrophotometer

Zeiss AxioImager Polarized Light Microscope with Fluorescence Capabilities

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