The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) Facilities at Kennesaw State University

The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) believes in providing students, faculty, and external users with research-grade, state-of-the-art equipment, both for learning and for research. Learn more about the core facilities listed below.

Microscopy Core Facility

The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) Microscopy Core (MC) provides access to confocal, deconvolution, super-resolution, and other optical microscope systems that are useful for multi-color imaging of live and fixed cells and tissue samples, and high-content screening. 
This state-of-the-art microscopy facility serves Kennesaw State University (KSU) and external researchers by providing microscopy-related expertise, training, and assistance for advancing their projects on various model organisms. Additionally, MC offers software packages on high-end workstations for image processing and analysis.

Address: 105 Marietta Dr. Kennesaw, GA 30144

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eiss lsm 900 confocal microscope
undergraduate ksu students at the nuclear magnetic resonance core facility

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Core Facility at Kennesaw State University (KSU) is part of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM). It is the only high-resolution NMR facility at KSU; researchers are welcomed from throughout the University.  We also provide services to other local universities and external clients.

Address: 105 Marietta Dr. Kennesaw, GA 30144

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Histology Core Facility

KSU’s Histology Core Facility houses the latest specialized equipment needed to prepare high-quality histological sections for molecular, cellular, and anatomical based research projects. The facility is housed in the 300-square foot research Science laboratory and includes aLeica CM180 Cryostat, a Microm 650V Vibratome, and a Microm 360 Rotary microtome. This suite of equipment allows for the preparation of sections from frozen, paraffin, and agarose-embedded specimens, as well as both fixed and unfixed specimens.

In addition, the facility houses paraffin incubators, slide warmers, wet bench workspace, ample storage space, a fume hood, and a dedicated workstation. Please contact the Facility Coordinator for more information.

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undergraduate student researching in the histology facility
Joyce and Ira Pegues Memorial Greenhouse

Joyce and Ira Pegues Memorial Greenhouse

The greenhouse is 600 square feet and has 8 wire-top benches that are 8 ft x 4 ft (256 square feet of bench space total). The greenhouse can be environmentally control; it has a full wall of negative pressure evaporative cooling and external shade cloth. This allows temperature in the greenhouse to stay below 30.5 degrees C maximum on the hottest summer days. There are two gas heaters in the greenhouse to keep it at desired temperature during the winter. The greenhouse has concrete floor. The greenhouse is located on the Kennesaw campus adjacent to the Science Laboratory building.

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Mountains-to-Metro Biodiversity Collection

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is located at the intersection of a biodiversity hotspot in the southern Appalachians and one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the southeastern United States — the Atlanta metro area. The core of the Mountains-to-Metro Biodiversity Collection includes specimens of plants, insects, fish, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds collected across this region. The collection supports active research on local biodiversity gradients as well as educational initiatives focused on biodiversity and urban ecology. 

Location: Science Building, room 367 (SC 367), Kennesaw Campus

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Mountains-to-Metro Biodiversity
ksu oasis outdoor classroom

The Oasis - Outdoor classroom

The Oasis, a hands-on outdoor classroom, is one of most unique and innovative laboratory spaces on campus, that will enable biology students to study native Georgia plant life.

The Oasis was built in the unused courtyard space between the Science building, the Science Laboratory building and the Clendenin building. This initiative, which includes a water basin containing and surrounded by a diverse array of plant species, was funded by a generous donor, Dr. Joseph Cook, and named "The Oasis" by the College of Science and Mathematics students in the CSM Courtyard naming contest. Construction for Phase I was completed in the Summer of 2014. 

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Scanning Electron Microscopy Facility

Tescan Vega 3 Scanning Electron Microscope: The Tescan VEGA3 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is fully PC-controlled and equipped with a tungsten heated filament. It has back-scattered electron (BSE) detection capability. In addition, the Tescan VEGA3 is fitted with a Thermo Scientific UltraDry x-ray detector to carry out Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX) for elemental analysis. 

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Tescan Vega 3 in the Scanning Electron Microscope Facility
Photo of the Jasco 1500 Spectropolarimeter

Spectroscopy Facility

 Listed below are the various spectroscopy instruments housed within CSM:

  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrometer: The Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer is a Bruker EMX running at X band (9.2GHz), equipped with an ER 083 electromagnet capable of reaching fields of 13 kG. Available cryogenics allow studies down to a few degrees above the boiling point of liquid helium, 4.2K. This allows studies of rapidly relaxing metal centers. EPR is a spectroscopic technique that provides information by detecting transitions between electron spin states. It is useful for studying molecules with unpaired electrons, including free radicals and metal centers. Paramagnetic probes (spin labels) and spin trapping reagents have greatly extended its usefulness.
  • Jasco 1500 Spectropolarimeter: The Jasco 1500 spectropolarimeter is capable of measuring circular dichroism spectra on proteins, nucleic acids, and peptides. This CD signature is diagnostic of secondary structure formation and can be used to identify folding properties of biomolecules. For additional information about CD spectroscopy potential users should consider reading this section written by the late Ellen Moomaw, a Professor at KSU. The instrument is equipped with both fluorescence and absorption optics/light paths and has temperature stabilization via a circulating chiller. All Jasco 1500 Spectropolarimeter training, scheduling, and other inquiries should be directed to the equipment coordinator Dr. Thomas Leeper,
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