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State-of-the-art laboratory

Published: January 2nd, 2008

Revised: December 30th, 2010

Sporometrics is located in a 3,500 square foot, purpose-built state-of-the-art laboratory facility located in the historic factory district in downtown Toronto’s Liberty Village.

We have an unmatched cadre of light microscopes, featuring ultra-modern Olympus BX-series research microscopes outfitted with Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) optics, fluorescence capability and high-resolution digital imaging systems. We operate as a fully-compliant Biosafety Level 2 laboratory, with facilities for the preparation, maintenance and storage of microbial cultures.

The Sporometrics lab has a dedicated walk-in incubator outfitted secondarily with a series of integrated specialized incubation chambers. As a culture collection registered with the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) we are equipped with cryopreservation capabilities sufficient to maintain 25,000 living cultures indefinitely. Our WFCC acronym is SCCM. We have two on-site autoclaves for the preparation of sterile media and tools, and 100 cu ft of refrigeration capacity for maintaining a large inventory of freshly-prepared sampling and growth media.

In 2008 we added a dedicated molecular genetics laboratory, physically separated from the central laboratory that is equipped with germicidal UV sanitization. Our molecular lab is outfitted with a full suite of tools to support cutting-edge DNA fingerprinting, DNA sequence-based identification and real-time PCR detection of bacteria, fungi and viruses.