Being a Biologist

Explore Research Laboratories in Virtual Reality

Have you wondered what a working laboratory looks like and who might work in these spaces? Now you can visit a university research laboratory and a start-up biotechnology company. Each tour includes places that cover the science, instruments, and tools used in a laboratory. You can also learn about the people who work in these spaces.

There are three ways to view each lab tour. You can use a computer and click and drag to look around. You can also use your smart phone like an iPhone or Android with their gyroscope enabled function to look into each lab. In this mode you can move the phone around as you to look around the lab. Finally, if you have Virtual Reality (VR) goggles like Google Cardboard, you can immerse yourself into each tour. Be sure to stand up and turn and look around to view all of the space.

We are just getting started, so bookmark this page so you can find your way back to explore more tours as they are released. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.

How to explore the virtual laboratories

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On a computer, smart phone, or tablet you can click or touch the Location Icon to move to the new area. When using goggles, you place the pointer on top of the Location Icon to move to a new area. Below are the other icons you will find in the different tours. Review the list below before you jump into these virtual worlds.

Bottom Menu Icons

  • Circle around a plus sign.
    Zoom into the VR image.
  • Circle around a minus sign.
    Zoom out from the VR image.
  • Rotate arrow in a circle.
    Auto rotate the VR image.
  • Three squares inside a circle.
    Open and close the tour thumbnail images.
  • Box with checkmark inside.
    When thumbnail images are open, checkmarks are visited locations.
  • Rectangle inside a circle.
    Move between sterographic image options.
  • Gryroscope inside a circle.
    Gyroscope On/Off. Visible only with mobile phones and tablets for magic window experience.
  • VR goggle icon  inside a circle.
    Goggles. This icon is visible only when using mobile phones.
  • Rectangle at the bottom left of a larger dotted rectangle.
    Enter full screen.
  • Rectangle with smaller dotted rectangle in the lower left.
    Exit full screen.

Tour Icons

  • Lower case letter "i" in a circle.
    Information Icon - information about a point of interest in the tour.
  • Pin-drop image showing a map location. 
    Location Icon - takes you to a different location in the tour.
  • Graphhic image of mountains with magnifying glass. 
    Image Icon – opens close-up image.
  • Graphic image of rectangle with play button triangle.
    Video Icon – opens and plays videos.
  • Closed Caption -CC- icon
    CC Icon – opens text box of any audio file that has a voice track. Usually located at the bottom right of the activation zone for the audio file.
  • Globe graphic with arrow pointing
    Leave Virtual Tour – lets you leave the tour and go to additional information.

Biologist Notebook

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 When you explore these different laboratories, you will want to take notes of what you see and learn. You can use your own notebook, or download our custom designed Biologist Notebook that can be used to document your travels and discoveries.

University Laboratory VR 360

Visit Arvind Varsani's virus laboratory at Arizona State University. See where cutting edge science starts and who is involved.

ASU virtual laboratory image link

As you explore this laboratory, take notes on the types of equipment and other interesting things you find. Here are a few questions to get you started.

  • What is something important to do when you're doing research?
  • What are some different ways that you can research the same subject?
  • Can you find the tardigrade, microcentrifuge tubes, gel, and penguin?
  • Are any of the researchers in lab also working on earning a degree?

OncoMyx Biotechology Company VR 360

What does it look like inside a company that is developing a drug to treat cancer? Here is an opportunity to peek inside the workings of a start-up company that is developing a new drug treatment for cancer.

Virtual visit to Oncomyx image link

As you explore this laboratory, take notes on the types of equipment and studies you observe. Here are a few questions to get you started.

  • What is something important to do when you are in a research lab?
  • How many different ways are these researchers using to observe what is happening in cells?
  • Did you find the cell counter, the cold room, the glowing cells, and the company's CEO?
  • Did everyone in the lab need a graduate degree to be hired?
  • What was the most interesting career you learned about?


Laboratory 360 images by CJ Kazilek. Locations include Arizona State University Biodesign and Oncomyx Theraputics. Audio recording at locations by CJ Kazilek.

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  • Article: Virtual 360 Laboratories
  • Author(s): Patrick McGurrin
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: August 6, 2021
  • Date accessed: June 12, 2024
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Take a trip to one of our virtual laboratories. The visits might be virtual, but the labs are real including the scientists who tell you a little about what they are doing and how they became a scientist.

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