The Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources
CCBR is located on the Black Hills State University campus, room 113 of the Life Science Laboratory, and rooms 101 and 110 of Jonas Hall. Jonas 110 houses faculty and staff research bench space and the DNA core facility, WestCore. This portion of the lab maintains highly monitored, and restricted access in order to maintain a secure area for evidence samples that are submitted to the core facility for forensic analysis. Additionally, this portion of the lab also provides office carrel space for the Director, Associate Director, research associates and the secretary. Jonas 101, which adjoins 110, houses additional research bench space that is used by CCBR undergraduate and graduate student researchers and by two of the CCBR associated faculty. While also a restricted access space, Jonas 101 allows current CCBR student employees and undergraduate research fellows access from 6 am to 10 pm every day, and allows CCBR associated graduate students and CCBR associated faculty unrestricted access in accordance with University safety and security policies.
Both laboratories are fully equipped for typical molecular genetic research techniques commonly used such as genomic and cDNA library construction, cloning, PCR, agarose and acrylamide gel electrophoresis, etc. Jonas 101 provides an area dedicated to RNA isolation and manipulation. Jonas 110 houses WestCore’s genetic analyzers, as well as two real-time PCR systems and a microarray scanner.