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. 

DNA Amplification Laboratory

Some of the instrumentation housed in the Forensic Science Laboratories include

  • Qiagen EZ-1 DNA Extraction Robot

Qiagen EZ-1 Extraction Robot

  • Labconco Logic+ Biosafety Cabinet - Level II

Biosafety Cabinet

  • SPEX 6770 Freezer/Mill

Spex Freezer/Mill

  • AirClean Systems Bone Grinding Hood

Bone Grinding Hood

  • AirClean Systems Laminar Flow PCR Hoods

PCR Hoods

  • Applied Biosystems 7500 Real-Time PCR Systems (x2)

AppliedBiosystems 7500

  • Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer (x2)

Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer

  • Bio-Rad QX200 Droplet Digital PCR System

Droplet Digital PCR System

  • Thermo Scientific Nanodrop 2000 Spectrophotometer


  • Applied Biosystems 3130xl and 3500xl Capillary Electrophoresis DNA Sequencers


  • Illumina MiSeq Second Generation Sequencer

Illumina MiSeq

  • Illumina GA IIx Second Generation Sequencer

Illumina GA IIx

  • Life Technologies Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine Second Generation Sequencer

Ion Torrent PGM

  • Zeiss AxioImager Polarized Light Microscope with Fluorescence Capabilities

Forensic Science PLM






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