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Rapidly Dividing Cells in the Early Fruit Fly Embryo (Mark Peifer Lab)

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Laboratory, Office, & Meeting Space

Faculty and graduate students in the department are housed in Coker Hall, Fordham Hall, Wilson Hall, and the Genome Science Building. Student offices are generally located near their major adviser.

Student mailboxes are located in Coker Hall. Mail should be addressed to your name at Department of Biology, CB# 3280, Coker Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280. The departmental fax number is (919) 962-1625.

Keys for access to the outside doors and student offices in Biology buildings are assigned through Kody Halachef (email:; telephone 962-0598). To obtain a key, you must see Jim in Wilson Hall, Room B40 and pay a refundable $10.00 deposit (there is a $20.00 charge if you lose your keys).

Conference rooms can be reserved online ( For keys to any of the conference rooms in Coker or Wilson Halls, see Lori Shamblin in 205 Coker Hall.


Couch Biology Library. The Science Library Annex in Wilson Library ( houses the majority of the on-campus collection of natural and mathematical sciences. For information, including locations and holdings of other libraries on campus, consult the UNC Libraries web page at




Resources for Field Research

North Carolina Botanical Garden. The North Carolina Botanical Garden, located two miles east of campus, is a regional center for research, conservation, and interpretation of plants, particularly those native to the southeastern United States. The Botanical Garden also oversees the nearby Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a 367-acre tract containing diverse natural plant communities and protected habitats especially valuable for scientific research and teaching.  For more information, see

Highlands Biological Station. The Highlands Biological Station is a year-round biological field station operated by the University of North Carolina and located on a high plateau in the southern Appalachian Mountains of southwestern North Carolina. Its mission is to promote research and education in biodiversity studies (ecology, systematics, evolution, and conservation), with special emphasis on the diverse flora and fauna of southwestern North Carolina. For more information, see

Core Facilities

Departmental imaging core facility. The departmental imaging core facility (e.g., confocal microsope, electron microscope) is located on the fourth floor of Wilson Hall. For information, contact Tony Perdue (email:; telephone 962-2795).