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Work Spaces

This is the SDZ's collaboratory (workspace) which has several people doing desk work and having conversations. There are white walls a grey carpet and large windows to the left of the room.
The Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is a dynamic and flexible working space, and the heart of scientific exploration and innovation within our community. Housed in the Center for Urban Innovation at TMU, we offer a range of specialized workspaces to cater to your diverse needs, each designed to foster collaboration, curiosity, and experimentation. Whether you're a researcher, student, or entrepreneur, this space is designed to accommodate you. We believe that inclusivity and diversity drive innovation.

  • Open to All Members: All SDZ members have access to The Collaboratory, where diverse perspectives come together for groundbreaking results.
  • Event Space: Our versatile space hosts in-house programs, workshops, and networking events, fostering a culture of learning and knowledge sharing.
  • Peer-to-Peer Interactions: The Collaboratory thrives on the exchange of ideas and fosters collaboration among our members.
  • Safe Space for Curiosity and Exploration: It's a place where curiosity is nurtured, and exploration is encouraged, ensuring a supportive environment for all.
This is the SDZ's chemistry lab. There are white benchtops and chairs and room has white walls with a blue floor..
Chemistry Lab

The chemistry laboratory has all the necessary equipment for preparation of samples and standards for various analyses of liquid and solid samples. The laboratory houses traditional equipment including glassware, and fume hoods. 

This is the laser beam of the SDZ's epilog laser cutter on the laser bed.
Fabrication Lab

Our fabrication lab is a creative space where ideas become reality. Whether you're prototyping a new device or exploring innovative solutions, this space offers the tools and resources you need to bring your solution forward. 

This is an image of a biology laboratory. The lab contains workbenches and imaging equipment.
Biology Lab (BSL-1)

For biological research, our BSL-1 lab offers a secure environment for various experiments, projects, and studies. Our labs come equipped with the essentials and have space for startups to house specialized equipment. 

An image of our biology laboratory. This lab contains a variety of specialized equipment.
Biology Lab (BSL-2)

For more advanced biological research, our BSL-2 lab provides a higher level of containment and safety measures. This is the place for more intricate experiments and analyses. 

Available Equipment:

Laser Cutter: Epilog Fusion M2 40

  • Max. engraving area: 40" x 28"
  • Resolution: 75 to 1200 DPI

3D Printer: Prusa i3 MK3S 

  • Layer height: 0.05-0.35mm
  • Build volume: 25x21x21 cm
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm

Microwave: EM720C2SE-CB

  • 0.7 cu. ft.
  • 700W

Real Time-PCR: CFX Opus 96 Real-Time PCR Instrument

  • 96-well
  • 5-color plus FRET
  • Network-connected

Thermal Cycler: mini16

  • 16 samples
  • Heated lid
  • Can be run using your own device (mobile or computer) -

Electrophoresis and Gel Visualization system: GELATO

  • Gel size: 12x6 cm or two 6x6 cm
  • Compatible with commonly used buffers: TAE, TBE, SB, etc.

Microcentrifuge: Gyro Plus

  • Adjustable speed from 1,000 to 12,000 RPM
  • Includes 2 interchangeable rotors to accomodate:
  • 6 x 1.5mL microtubes (+6 adapters for 0.2 or .5mL tubes)
  • 16 x 0.2mL PCR tubes
  • Maximum rcf: 6900 x g

Laminar flow cabinet: 3950300

Gel Imaging System: GelDoc Go

Horizontal electrophoresis chamber: Mini-Sub Cell GT System

  • Gel tray size: 7x7 cm
  • Base buffer volume: 270 mL

Culture Microscope: CKX53

Centrifuge: Sorvall X Pro / ST Plus Series

  • Capacity: 196 x 5/7 mL Blood Tubes, 148 x 9/10 mL Blood Tubes, 96 x 15 mL Conical Tubes, 40 x 50 mL Conical Tubes, 6 Microplates, 4 x 1000 mL BioBottles (with TX-1000 rotors)

Table Top Balance: VWR-2002P2

  • Weighing capacity: 2000 g
  • Readability: 0.01 g

Pipette gun

Micropipette: A10, A20, A200, A1000


  • Interior volume: 165 L
  • Temperature control range: + 5°C Above ambient to +50°C (ambient temperature: 5°C to 35°C)

Biosafety Cabinet: SterilGard e3: Class II NSF Type A2

Centrifuge: Sorval X Pro / ST Plus Series

  • Capacity: 196 x 5/7 mL Blood Tubes, 148 x 9/10 mL Blood Tubes, 96 x 15 mL Conical Tubes, 40 x 50 mL Conical Tubes, 6 Microplates, 4 x 1000 mL BioBottles (with TX-1000 rotors)

Freezer (-80°C): Fisherbrand™ Isotemp™ Ultra Low Temperature Freezer

Table-top Balance: VWR-2002p

Pipette Gun

Heated stir plate: Fisherbrand™ Isotemp™ Digital Hotplate Stirrer (10" x 10")