Molecular GeoBiology Labs
The Molecular GeoBiology Lab is quipped to work with molecular level interactions between organic molecules and minerals. We have a video rate atomic force microscope (AFM) and wet chemistry facilities for sample prep, nano level and bulk experiments. We apply knowledge of molecule-mineral interactions to answer questions on DNA preservation in sediments, conservation of proteins in archaeologic samples, propagation of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment, horizontal gene transfer, prebiotic polymerization and mineral facilitated evolution of life.
For examples of current projects visit Karina K Sand website
The lab includes peristaltic and syringe pumps, UV-ozone cleaner, standard wet chemistry equipment such as pH meters, heaters, shakers and thermomixer.
Besides sample prep and basic geochemical reactions we are equipped to do modern DNA extractions and working on our microbiologic facility.
The AFM has several capabilities and we are here most focused toward:
- Imaging in air and liquids
- Video-rate imaging in liquids
- Flow through capabilities
- Chemical force microscopy
- Dynamic Force spectroscopy