Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels
The Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels serves as a center for the study of second- and third-generation biofuels, with the goal of bringing environmentally friendly energy alternatives to the marketplace. Located on the west side of campus, the center provides biotechnology equipment and greenhouse space for science and engineering classes and student and faculty research at Penn State Harrisburg, and also accommodates partnerships with other higher education institutions, schools and other organizations.
The 3,000-square-foot laboratory opened in 2011 and is equipped for studying plant tissue culture and proteins, genetic engineering of plants and molecular biology.
Climate-controlled around-the-clock for temperature, light and humidity, the 1,500-square-foot greenhouse is certified by the National Institutes of Health and the USDA as a Level 2 facility, meaning it is approved for growing genetically altered plants.
Creation of the $1.6 million facility was made possible through a partnership between the business sector, state government, and higher education.
- Research Experience for Undergraduates in Sustainable Bioenergy (NSF-Funded REU Program)
- Dr. Sairam Rudrabhatla (Biofuels Laboratory Director)