The Life Sciences Electronics Shop is your resource for solving electronic, instrumentation, control, and data acquisition challenges. We work with faculty and staff in the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology and School of Integrative Biology.

Contact & location

Chad Benner, Electronics Technician II, 217-244-8116,

Location: Room 64 Burrill Hall, 407 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL.

Hours: ADD?

Services: We provide the following services:

  • Instrument Repair
  • Microscopes
  • Balances
  • Office Equipment
  • Circuit/Chassis Construction
  • Data Acquisition
  • Control
  • Audio/Video
  • Projector Checkout
  • Light Bulb Sales

Instrument repair

We have schematics or service manuals for just about all instruments used in MCB and SIB.

Below is a partial list of equipment we work on:

  • centrifuges
  • water baths
  • incubators
  • power supplies
  • television sets
  • spectrophotometers
  • amplifiers
  • oscilloscopes


On-site or carry-in service is provided for your microscopes. We have experience working on all brands and types of microscopes:

  • compound microscopes
  • dissecting microscopes
  • fluorescence microscopes
  • inverted microscopes
  • phase-contrast microscopes
  • petrographics microscopes
  • illuminators
  • fiber-optic illuminators

Services provided for your microscopes and illuminators are cleaning, repair, and adjustment:

  • lens and eyepieces
  • fine and coarse adjustments
  • mechanical stages
  • Kohler alignment
  • phase condensers


Our ANSI/ASTM Class 1 weights are calibrated to NIST Standards and are ISO 9001 Certified. See us if your balance needs:

  • Calibration
  • Cleaning
  • Repair
  • New lamp

We service all makes and models of balances:

  • Mettler
  • Sartorius
  • Fisher
  • Denver
  • digital
  • top-loaders
  • analytical


We will no longer clean and calibrate your pipettes for you. If you want an outside company to work on your pipettes, try one of the following companies:

Rainin: 800-828-2788 ext. 338

Midwest Scientific: 800-227-9997

Brinkmann Instruments: 800-645-3050

Scientific Calibration: 800-892-9817

AccuTek Laboratories: 800-243-3232

VWR: 800-431-4132 ext. 6333

Novamed: 800-354-6676

Pipet People: 800-253-7064

Office equipment

We can help service office equipment such as electric staplers, paper shredders, and more.

Data aquisition

Data acquisition can be a complex proposition. Many items need to be considered:

  • sensor types and signals
  • signal conditioning
  • isolation
  • noise
  • single-ended or differential signals
  • gain
  • resolution (A/D bits)
  • sampling rate
  • data logger/serial or parallel box/PC expansion card
  • PC bus type
  • data acquisition software
  • data analysis software

See us if your application involves:

  • position control
  • logic control
  • heating/cooling control
  • computer interfacing

We can aid in design, specification, and construction with:

  • data acquisition/control computer interface cards
  • LabView software
  • motion control using linear actuators
  • stepping motor controllers
  • modular, PID heating/cooling controllers
  • programmable logic controllers (PLC's)
  • General Electric LogicMaster 90 software
  • sensors, feedback, and readouts


The Electronics Shop has designed and built interactive teaching systems for our teaching labs.

The shop also designed and supervised the installation of the audio/video system in the Miller Auditorium, B102 Chemical & Life Sciences Lab.

We can help you select and interface audio and video equipment.

Projector checkout

We have the following items available to for faculty and staff to check out.

  • overhead projectors
  • slide projectors with remote controls
  • slide carousels (also for sale)
  • We also stock lamps for most projectors.

Light bulb sales

We stock over 200 different kinds of lamps and bulbs. We have bulbs for many types of equipment:

  • overhead projectors
  • slide projectors
  • microscopes
  • fluorescence microscopes
  • balances
  • fiber optic illuminators
  • spectrophotometers

Bulb types include:

  • halogen
  • incandescent
  • mercury fluorescent (HBO 103W/2)
  • low voltage

If we don't have the bulb you need, we can probably get it.