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Research Laboratories Entrance

The entrance to the Research Laboratories.

"Ryan's woman in Arcadia is an old betty named Langford. An okay sort, but not above doing a dirty job for a dollar."

Langford Research Laboratories is a research lab owned by Julie Langford under supervision of Ryan Industries. The lab is located in Arcadia, and contained the main administrative office and observation point of the gardens.


Dr Julie Langford Botanist
Research Laboratories Langford's Office

Professor Julie Langford, busy with research in her lab.

Main article: BioShock

When Jack approaches the lab's main office during BioShock, Langford is gassed by Andrew Ryan in a cruel attempt to coerce Jack. As she chokes, Ryan accuses her of infringing on his copyright of the production and distribution of the Lazarus Vector. In her final seconds of consciousness, Langford scrawls the code to her locked wall-safe upon a window, thereby giving Jack access to the list of resources needed to construct the Lazarus Vector.

The lab contains a research table, misting console, incubator, multiple test tubes, Turrets, diagnostic controls, and the Chemical Thrower.

New DiscoveriesEdit

New WeaponryEdit

Audio DiariesEdit

  1. Julie Langford - What Won't They Steal
  2. Julie LangfordTeaching an Old Hound
  3. Julie Langford - Lazarus Vector Formula
  4. Julie Langford - The Lazarus Vector

BioShock 2 MultiplayerEdit

Safety Lab Play Poster

Safety poster, found in the lab.

Main article: BioShock 2 Multiplayer

Langford's laboratories also appear in the multiplayer version of Arcadia. Located in the northernmost part of the map, this version of the Laboratories houses little more than a few incubators and bookshelves. A glass container holding a small tree in the center of the room will fill with green gas anytime a player approaches it. Approaching the incubators can cause them to light up with green gas revealing ferns within, but one incubator is broken and will only spark and fill with smoke.

The laboratories can be accessed through two "Employees Only" doors in Arcadia Glens or by taking a stairway up from the flooded lower walkway.




  •  Icon pc In the Multiplayer, the player can pass through the glass containing the tree by jumping up and into it from the east side.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Rosa Gallica Pierre-Joseph Redouté
  • Julie Langford's Rosa Gallica Officialis botanical illustration was redesigned from a Rosa Gallica illustration by Pierre-Joseph Redouté.
  • In BioShock if the player points their cursor over the sign in the reception area at the entrance to the labs, the subtitled text will read "Professor Holden Langford Research Laboratories." The name and gender differ from the final game's version of the character. This is because the BioShock developers had originally intended Langford's character to be male when they were planning the level.[1]
  • If the player tries to enter the laboratory before the trees in Arcadia are killed, Dr. Langford will mistake Jack for a member of the Saturnine and yell at him to go away.


  1. "Arcadia Demade", designer commentary by BioShock developer Jean-Paul LeBreton on his blog,

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