Biological and Chemical Laboratories

A variety of Biosafety Level 2 laboratories support biological and chemical research and development at Lincoln Laboratory.
A staff member holds up a test tube filled with orange liquid
A researcher conducts an experiment in a wet biology laboratory.

Lincoln Laboratory has developed extensive biology and chemistry capabilities over the past 20 years. Our multidisciplinary staff have significant experience in maturing early-stage research and integrating electronics, microfluidics, and optics hardware with synthetic biological systems, toward developing novel bio-based materials, sensors, and platforms.

Two researchers in white lab coats stand in front of a large microscope and monitor.
Researchers monitor cells that are growing in microfluidic chambers and being imaged by a confocal microscope.

Supported by experts in bioinformatics and machine learning, our team operates within secure Biosafety Level 2 laboratory spaces. These spaces support both wet and dry biology needs, including those in the following areas:

A 3D-printed box called the ArtGut platform
This ArtGut (artificial gut) device is the first in vitro platform to enable researchers to perform high-resolution, physiologically relevant gut microbiome studies.

Wet Biology

  • Genetic sequencing
  • Synthetic biology and microfluidics
  • Biology, biochemistry, and virology
  • Tissue injury spectroscopy
  • Ultrasonic shear-wave testing

Dry Biology

  • Biomedical speech/hearing and neurocognitive analysis
  • Acoustic simulation and analysis
  • Mild traumatic brain injury triage collection and analysis
  • Medical sensor rapid prototyping
  • Multimodal standoff biometrics
  • Multimodal immersion and psychophysiology
  • Physiological monitoring and biomechanics

The Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center, Defense Fabric Discovery Center, extensive 3D-printing capabilities, and analytical and synthetic chemistry labs enhance our work. Together, we've led the creation, maturation, and transition of several biotechnology-based systems that are now commercially available.
 

A researcher sits a monitor next to a mass spectrometer as it conducts measurements.
Dr. Ta-Hsuan Ong operates an ultrasensitive mass spectrometer, part of Lincoln Laboratory’s chemical analysis capabilities.