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Sumner Laboratory

George C. and Sue W. Sumner Molecular and Structural Laboratory

The George C. and Sue W. Sumner Molecular and Structural Laboratory is a 1700-square-foot research facility. It allows BRIT scientists, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, visiting scientists, technical staff, and interns to investigate botany at various levels in a state-of-the art facility. The Sumner Lab is divided into five components: separate DNA and RNA extraction labs, a post-PCR molecular space, a structural space for comparative anatomy, and a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) room.  The Sumner Lab is also home to the BRIT Biorepository, a GGBN-partnered biodiversity biobank dedicated to the long-term preservation and storage of DNA and tissues intended for genomic research. Research at the laboratory complements traditional field, herbarium, and literature research about plants and lichens.

The laboratory provides fundamental tools for botanical research, conservation, and education that allows BRIT to fulfill its mission.

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People standing in a line each holding a part of the same ribbon and each with scissors as part of the lab grand opening ceremony
Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening.
Exterior view of the lab entrance from the hallway showing the windows into the lab and the interpretive signage
Exterior view of the lab entrance from the hallway showing the windows into the lab and the interpretive signage.