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The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in Cunningham Hall which includes a state-of-the art research wing. This research wing is a $8.5 million, 40,000-square-foot Annex of Cunningham Hall. The annex contains 19 research and support labs, tissue culture facility, RIA laboratory, a chemical storage room, a chemical and biohazardous waste room, a seminar room, and a classroom. The Annex features several shared laboratories, including an aquatic ecology support lab, a genomics lab, and a confocal microscope and imaging laboratory.

Resources available to faculty and students include comprehensive suites of equipment for genomics, proteomics, and imaging. In addition, we have a unique on-campus experimental wetland and several field properties.

3-D Classroom

3D Immersive Development Facility and Classroom

Science departments and the School of Biomedical Sciences at Kent State have developed a strong initiative in 3D and 4D visualization, especially of biological materials. We currently have several immersive systems (Fakespace immersadesk, Vrex display) for 3D and 4D display of large data sets. We have established the only stereoscopic immersive classroom consisting of a 7x8 Fakespace Powerwall for the display of 3D and 4D data sets. This facility is used for both education and research, the latter efforts focused on developing new interactive software tools for visualization of multidimensional structures, such as cells, proteins, membranes, etc., and provide valuable means for evaluating the importance of spatial properties in determining function. In conjunction with the computational resources available at Kent, this facility is unique in the State of Ohio and forms both a research and educational tool for the multiple scientific disciplines.



Tom S. and Miwako K. Cooperrider Herbarium serves to document the changing flora of the region, provides a repository for vouchers to document the identity of taxa on which studies are based, provides a references collection for identifications for the KSU community and beyond, and serves as a research facility through which specimen loans from collections from around the world may be arranged, housed, and studied.

Acting Curator, Dr. Andrea L. Case
Curator's phone :330-672-3699 

Collection Manager, Melissa Davis
Herbarium phone:330-672-2453.

Dr. Tom S. Cooperrider is Curator Emeritus. The collection is open by appointment.

The Tom S. and Miwako K. Cooperrider Herbarium was founded in 1921, and currently holds approximately 55,000 accessions. The strength of the collection is primarily in flora of northeastern Ohio, but we also have a good representation of other parts of the state and of other regions of North America. Significant collections include those of T. S. Cooperrider and his students, and late 19th and early 20th century collections of Almon Rood and his contemporaries. The collection is currently being database and will in the future be accessible online. In addition to vascular plants, we also have a growing collection of bryophytes, with the historical collections of Almon Rood as its nucleus.
Loans are made to recognized herbaria and are for a standard term of 1 year. Please contact the curator about arranging loans.

In addition to support from the university, the collection receives funding from individual contributors, notable among them being J. Arthur Herrick, Tom and Mix Cooperrider, Barbara Andreas, and David Jarzen.  The collections are currently being databased; the bryophyte collection is now available online.

Proteomic Core Facility

The proteomics lab housed in the Department of Chemistry includes a ProteomeLab PF 2D system (Beckman Coulter). Results are analyzed via 32 Karat software. The proteomics lab also features a Ciphergen Surface Enhanced Laser Desorption Ionization (SELDI) Protein Chip reader with PBS IIc SELDI software, version 3.2.1; Biomek 2000 Laboratory Automated Work Station (Beckman Coulter); CentriVap Concentrator with tube and 96 well rotor heads (Labconco); and HP Laser Jet 4200dtn color laser printer.

For more information on the proteomics lab please see their website.

Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability

Lush with lakes, wetlands, and forests, Kent State University and the surrounding Northeast Ohio area are rich in natural resources. The mission of the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability is to promote an understanding of the natural environment and its resources through:

1) Scientific Research
2) Education of students at Kent State University and beyond
3) Programs to restore and preserve the integrity of natural areas

For more information on the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability please see their website: CENRS

Genomics Core Facility

Our genomics lab features an Arcturus AutoPix automated laser capture microdissection system, an Affymetrix microarray system (including the fluidics station 450, Gene chip scanner, hybridization oven 640 and a computer work station), along with an Agilent Mx3000P  real time PCR System, Nanodrop Spectrophotometer, a Becton Dickinson FacsAria Cell Sorter and Flow Cytometer,  a Jasco FP-8200 fluorescence spectrometer, tissue culture incubators for hypoxic and normoxic conditions, and various centrifuges including floor and table-top ultracentrifuges.

Field Sites

Jennings Woods
Located within a 20 minute drive from KSU in Ravenna, Ohio (Portage Co.), Jennings Woods is a 74 acre property that was purchased by the department in 1966. Habitats include mature second growth oak maple forest, meadows, floodplain and depressional wetlands, and a 600 m portion of the West Branch of the Mahoning River. It is rich in many invertebrate, vertebrate and plant species due to the varied habitats. Jennings Woods has been used for many graduate students thesis and dissertation projects, and it is a popular field site for many undergraduate and graduate classes.

We have 16 other field sites near the KSU campus, ranging in size from 1-77 acres, including several bogs, a fen, and several mixed woodland properties, all with varying amounts of urban impact. These properties are organized and overseen by the CERNS.


The Department of Biological Sciences Herrick Conservatory supports teaching and research in the department, and provides a showplace of botanical diversity for the university at large. The conservatory is named for emeritus faculty members Dr. J Arthur and Margaret Herrick because of their long-standing support for the department. The facility is divided into several rooms that provide specialized growth conditions for a permanent plant collection used in teaching and instruction. In addition to two large sunken areas that house tree-sized individuals, there are rooms for cacti and succulents, ferns and other humidity loving plants, carnivorous plants, and general tropical collections. The conservatory also houses research space for faculty and students in the Department of Biological Sciences.

The collections manager is Ms. Melissa Davis (330-672-2469). The Conservatory is attached to the north side of Cunningham Hall and is open weekdays from 9-5 and members of the university community are invited to visit.

Imaging and Visualization Center

The Imaging and Visualization facility includes the following equipment:
  • Olympus Fluoview 1000 confocal microscope with computer-controlled XYZ stage
  • Olympus Fluoview 300 confocal microscope
  • Olympus IX81 inverted microscope with a cooled grayscale CCD camera, EMCCD camera, 3-laser TIRF system and XYZ stage
  • Olympus BX53 upright microscope with a cooled grayscale CCD camera and a color camera
  • Two-laser (488 and 633 nm) flow cytometer and sorter (FacsAria, Becton Dickinson)
  • Chamber for live cell observation with temperature, humidity, and CO2 control
  • Optics for DIC, phase contrast and Hoffman modulation imaging
  • Jasco 8200 spectrofluorometer

The facility is open to faculty and students. To request user time at the facility contact Dr. Michael Model at 330-672-2874 or by email at