The SPH’s lab facilities include five rooms in Hardy Memorial Tower.
The lab facilities in Hardy Memorial Tower are dedicated primarily for environmental-analytical work. The analytical capabilities of the SPH laboratories for supporting environmental health research are arguably the most sophisticated and state-of-the-art in the whole San Diego Region.
The laboratories are furnished with sophisticated analytical instruments and equipment shown below in order to analyze trace level of elements and organic compounds in various environmental samples as well as for environmental toxicology research projects.
Leco Pegasus 4D comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatograph time-of-flight mass spectrometer (GC×GC/TOF-MS)
Application: This instrument is s particularly powerful tool in order to identify non-targeted compounds. Compounds are separated with the unique technology of 2- separate GC columns thus enabling to the identification of compounds that would co-elute by using only one column (in the single quadrupole GC/MS mentioned above). The previous research projects, which have utilized this instrument, include the identification of organic compounds (e.g. PCBs, PBDEs, and PAHs) in dolphin blubber, human breast milk, tobacco leachate, and house dust.