Environmental Health Laboratory

The Environmental Health Laboratory (EH Lab) in the School of Public Health is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for environmental health research and training. The Lab has three major components that serve sampling and analysis for a wide range of physical, chemical, and biological agents in the environment.

Chemistry Component

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The lab is optimized to analyze a wide range of organic chemicals in air, water, dust, and soil.

Major equipment includes:

  • Thermal desorption–gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (TD-GC/MS)
    • Analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Accelerated solvent extractor (ASE)-GC/MS
    • Analysis of semi-VOCs
  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with diode-array detector (DAD)
    • Analysis of low- and high-molecular organics

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Microbiology Component

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 The lab is able to analyze biological agents in air, water, dust, soil, and human specimens:

  • Bacteria and other microbes
  • Human and animal tissue culture
  • Microbiome and metagenomics
  • Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs)
  • Allergens, and other agents

Major instruments include:

  • quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • inverted EVOS-FL fluorescence microscope
  • EVOS-XL brightfield microscope
  • SpectraMax M3 multi-mode reader

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Physical and Analytical Component

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This lab houses an HPLC/DAD system and multiple low-temperature freezers. It can be used for analysis of high-molecule compounds and storage of biological specimens.

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For more information or to utilize the lab, contact:

Dr. Chunrong Jia
Office: Robison 337
Phone: 901678.2655
E-mail: cjia@memphis.edu