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Biology Preparation Rooms in Medium-length Beamline Facility


Just on the other side of the main gate or the central building. The closest exit from the Main Ring for access to the Center is the C1 door.


There are two buildings in the Medium-length Beamline Facility (Beamline Building and Lab/Office Building). In the Beamline Building, there are two beamline stations (hutches Nos. 2 and 3 of BL20B2 and hutch No. 2 of BL20XU) for biomedical applications and related facilities. The Animal Operation Room near the BL20B2 station is equipped with an experimental table, a stereo microscope, a refrigerator, etc. In the Lab/Office Building is the Biology Preparation Room at Medium-length Beamline Facility, which is freely available for users. In addition, there are a number of preparation rooms used for the purposes of biochemistry and physiology, as listed below. Users may also use these rooms, after appropriate administrative procedures. For details, please visit the Biology Preparation Rooms at Medium-length Beamline Facility Web site.

(1) Biology Preparation Room at Medium-length Beamline Facility

(2) Biochemistry Preparation Rooms (1,2)

(3) Physiology Preparation Rooms (1,2)


Biology Preparation Room at Medium-length Beamline Facility (Room 210)

This room is open for users 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. For instructions please refer to those for the Biology Preparation Room at Ring.

Major equipment


  • Central Experimental Table (Shin-ei) 
  • pH meter (ORION)
  • Electronic Balance (Sartorius)
  • Fumefood (Shin-ei)
  • Mini-centrifuge (Tomy)
  • Magnetic stirrers
  • Vortex mixer
  • Binocular (Olympus)
  • Refrigerator

Pure water, Ultra-pure water and ice are available at the nearby Biochemistry Preparation Room (1).

This room is equipped with an oxygen sensor. If alarm sounds, evacuate from the room and notify the person in charge or any other staff.

Person in charge: Iwamoto (PHS: 3884)


Biochemistry Preparation Rooms (1,2)

In Biochemistry Preparation Room (1) are a water purifying system (Millipore Elix-10 and Milli-Q Adacemic) and an icemaker. No special administrative procedure is needed to collect purified water or ice from these instruments. However, those who use these rooms for the first time are requested to be instructed by the administrator.
 Those who wish to prepare buffers, to prepare proteins, etc., are basically expected to use the Biology Preparation Room at Ring (D zone). For details, please visit the Biochemistry Preparation Rooms Web site.

  • Central experimental table (Oriental)
  • Water purifying system (Millipore, Elix-10, Milli-Q Academic)
  • Icemaker (Hoshizaki)
  • pH meter (ORION)
  • Electronic balances (SARTORIUS, three of them)
  • Double-beam spectrophotometer (Hitachi)
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometer (Hitachi)
  • Fumehood (Oriental)
  • FPLC(Amersham-Pharmacia)
  • HPLC(Waters)
  • Centrifuges

        Desk-top (SIGMA)

        Large capacity (Hitachi)

        Ultracentrifuge (Hitachi)

  • Centrifugal evaporator (EYELA)
  • Freeze dryer (EYELA)
  • Gel electrophoresis documentation system (KODAK)


Depending on the nature of operation, users may use disposable items or common chemicals if approved by the administrator.

Administrator: Hiroyuki Iwamoto (PHS: 3884)


Physiology Preparation Rooms

In these rooms are stereomicroscopes, an inverted microscope, electric stimulators. There are also instruments needed to prepare thin sections, such as a microtome and an oven. Users may use these instruments if the use is essential for performing their expmeriments. Please consult the administrators.

In addition, one of the rooms is equipped with an Nd-YAG laser (Continuum, Identical to the one in the BL40XU beamline station). Users may use this to perform some tests by using this facility. In this case, the user must submit an application form (free format) along with the documents to prove that the user has been registered as a user of class IV lasers in his/her institute and that the institute agrees that the user has no health problem in using such lasers. The laser has an interlock system for safety and the way of use which requires an alteration in the system is not allowed.

Administrators: Hiroyuki Iwamoto (PHS: 3884), Naoto Yagi (PHS: 3852)