An advanced scientific instrument acquired recently by The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will boost teaching and learning in its Biology and Chemistry departments.
Shanna May Harrelson of the Chemistry Department, Charlie Troxel of LI-COR, Meredith Storms, also chemistry, Marilu Santos of the Biology Department
With a price tag of $70,000, the new DNA analyzer will be an important tool for both departments while aiding undergraduate research and instruction, said Dr. Len Holmes, a chemistry professor who applied for the grant.
“I am very excited to have this piece of lab equipment because it puts us in a unique position to advance our undergraduate research programs,” Dr. Holmes said.
The DNA analyzer uses a laser to read DNA, and computer software sequences it.
The DNA analyzer was purchased through a matching grant program from its manufacturer LI-COR Bioscience of Lincoln, Neb. UNCP’s share of the cost in the 2005 Genomics Education Matching Fund Program was funded from the Office of the Chancellor.
“We take great pride in UNCP’s undergraduate research opportunities, and all the research opportunities on campus that encourage students to experience the thrill and challenge of intellectual discovery,” Chancellor Allenc C. Meadors said. “The purchase of a DNA analyzer is just another step toward strengthening our campus programs and preparing our students for future professional successes.”
Dr. Marilu Santos, a professor in UNCP’s Biology Department and Dr. Meredith Storms, a professor in the Chemistry Department, received training last summer from a LI-COR representative.
“Instead of scientists reading the DNA, it is done very, very quickly and accurately using software,” Dr. Santos said. “Ten years ago this could not be done.”
“It will open many opportunities for undergraduate research and collaboration with scientists from other universities,” she said. “Instructionally, it will be used for demonstrations in the lab.”
For questions, please contact Dr. Len Holmes at 910.521.6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.