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Dr. Frankie West and student Emily Deem use the LSV2

Leeds Spectral Vision System (LSV2)

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

  • M.S., Western Carolina University, 2006

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


Thermo Fisher Scientific S5 Prime

Ion GeneStudio S5 Prime Massively Parallel DNA Sequencer


Ion ChefIon Chef System for Automated Library Prep


Illumina MiSeq FGx

Illumina MiSeq FGx

BioRad QX 200 ddPCR InstrumentBioRad QX 200 ddPCR Instrument

Applied Biosystems 3500xL Genetic Analyzer

Applied Biosystems 3500xL Genetic Analyzer

Applied Biosystems SeqStudio Genetic AnalzyerApplied Biosystems SeqStudio Genetic Analzyer

Applied Biosystems 7500 Real-time PCR System (x2)Applied Biosystems 7500 Real-time PCR System (x2)

Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 5 Real Time PCR SystemApplied Biosystems QuantStudio 5 Real Time PCR System


Caliper Zephyr Liquid Handling Robot
Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer (x2)
Qiagen EZ1 Advanced XL for automated nucleic acid purification
Zeiss AxioImager Polarized Light Microscope with Fluorescence Capabilities

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