Franz-Odendaal Bone Development Laboratory

Research Facility



Franz-Odendaal Bone Development Laboratory
Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax
Nova Scotia (NS)

Our bone development lab studies the development of bone in zebrafish and chicken embryos, specifically the bones of the skull. We use histology and molecular biology to study the genes and tissue interactions that underlie bone formation. This fundamental comparative research is necessary in order to understand human disorders that include bone malformations, as well as to understand how developmental processes have changed over the course of evolution.

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Education
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment

Contacts



Tamara Franz-Odendaal
Tamara.Franz-Odendaal@msvu.ca
9024576140
Full Professor
Jennifer Giffin
9024576718
Postdoctoral Researcher

Equipment



Rotary cryostat
Leica
Leica CM1850

Sectioning frozen tissue samples.

  • Cryochamber temperature range: 0° to -35°C
  • Section thickness 1 to 60 µm
  • Maximum specimen size 55 x 55 mm
2008

Rotary microtome
Leitz
Leitz 1512

Sectioning paraffin-wax embedded tissue.

  • Thickness adjustment 1 to 25 µm
  • 30° inclination range
  • Knife block with 36 mm guide track
2008

Vibration microtome
MICROM GmbH
HM 650 V

Sectioning fresh tissue.

  • Section thickness between 1-1500 µm
  • Adjustable cutting zone from 1-45 mm​
2008

Compound microscope
Nikon
Eclipse 50i

To observe tissue while using laser ablation system.

  • 10x eyepiece with micrometer scale
  • 4x, 10x, 20x, 40x and 100x objective lenses​
2008

Flow-through aquatic ecosystems
Marine Biotech, Inc. and Aquatic Habitats
XR1 (one unit) and XR3 (two units)

To clean and recirculate water holding aquarium fish such as zebrafish and Mexican tetra.

  • House over 2000 small aquarium fish
2008

Water quality monitor
Aquadyne Computer Corporation
AquaNode XL Controller

Continuous monitoring of dissolved oxygen, conductivity, water temperature, pH and oxidation reduction potential.

2008

Egg incubator
Brinsea Incubation Specialists
Ova-Easy Advance

For the incubation of chicken eggs to support embryo development.

  • Maintains 37°C and 40% humidity.​
2011

-20°C freezer
SANYO Electric Biomedical Co., Ltd.
MDF-U537

Tissue sample storage.

  • Temperature range: -20° to -30°C​
2008

-80°C freezer
Thermo Scientific
Forma 900 Series

Tissue sample storage.

  • Temperature range: -50 to -86°C​
2015

Microcentrifuge
VWR
Galaxy 16DH

Microfiltration and pelleting of small cell cultures, proteins and DNA.

  • Maximum speed: 13,300 rpm/16,000 x g
  • Capacity: 24 x 1.5/2.0 mL tubes
  • Timer: 1 to 99 min​
2008

Microcentrifuge
Fisher Scientific
accuSpinTM Micro 17R

Microfiltration and pelleting of small cell cultures, proteins and DNA.

  • Maximum speed: 13,300 rpm/17,999 x g
  • Capacity: 24 x 1.5/2 mL tubes
  • Timer: 1 to 99 min
  • Temperature range: -9° to 40°C​
2008

Stereomicroscope
Nikon
Stereoscopic Zoom Microscope SMZ1500

To perform microsurgical techniques on live embryos.

  • 10X eyepiece
  • P-HR Plan Apo 1X objective lens
  • 7.5-112.5X total magnification
  • C-FPS fluorescent ring illuminator​
2008

Date submitted: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 3:44 PM
Date updated: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 3:44 PM

2018-04-09T04:31:12+00:00