Spotlight on Core Facilities

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What do you know about the systems mass spectrometry, neuroscience, genome analysis, or microscopy and biophotonics core facilities? What would you like to know? Bring your questions and your ideas to the Petit Institute Core Facilities Symposium on Friday, Jan. 29.

The Petit Institute serves of the hub of 11 state-of-the-art core facilities (including those mentioned above). These are a shared resource for the bioengineering and bioscience community, offering consultation, training and technical support as well as access to more than 100 pieces of lab equipment valued at more than $24 million.

“In general, we’d like to better acquaint the biocommunity with our core facilities, which keep growing,” says Steve Woodard, core facilities manager. 

The past year has seen bio-community core facilities expand to the new Engineered Biosystems Building (where some facilities are still in different stages of development). It’s part of what Woodard sees as an expanding toolbox for the bio-research community. But, as Petit Institute founding director Bob Nerem often says, research is mostly a people business, and one of the goals of the symposium supports that contention.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to meet in a central place, to hear about our different facilities from the people who actually manage them,” Woodard says. “This is a great way to put a face with a name and establish an important contact.”

So, the symposium will offer a quick and intimate glimpse at the people and tools that are here to enhance and accelerate research at Georgia Tech.

It will begin with opening remarks from Woodward and proceed to a series of five-minute presentations from core managers talking about their specific areas of expertise. This will be broken up into sessions: three or four core manager presentations followed by questions and answers; then five more sessions following the same pattern.

The symposium will conclude with a poster session beginning around 11:30 a.m., lasting an hour or so.

In addition to learning about the nuts and bolts and whizbang technology at their disposal, symposium attendees will hear about the new Shared User Management System, or SUMS (a new Georgia Tech-based facilities management system).

“The bottom line is, we want to share information about this incredible resource, our core facilities,” Woodard says. “We also see this as a chance for our world-class researchers to look at our toolbox and offer ideas on how to augment it going forward.”



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