Biochemistry Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory
This lab teaches various techniques in biochemistry and life sciences involving biochemical methods. Instrumentation includes UV-Vis, Thermal cyclers, and centrifuges.
"The Sustainable Labs program is a perfect fit for the way we try to run our teaching labs in Chemistry. It is an excellent opportunity to evaluate and improve current initiatives and gain recognition for those efforts. The Chemistry Department has a history of energy savings efforts and Green Chemistry initiatives." Tracy Stevenson, Director of Facilities & Laboratories
MMGL Molecular Genetics Laboratory
The Michigan Medical Genetics Laboratories (MMGL), a part of Pediatric Genetics, is a comprehensive CLIAcertified clinical genetics testing laboratory that provides state of the art clinical testing and Research & Development for genetic diseases including those associated with birth defects, chromosomal and structural abnormalities, autism, intellectual disability, and inborn errors of metabolism (newborn screen). There are two separate MMGL sections: the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory and the Molecular Genetics Laboratory. MMGL develops, validates, and performs various clinical assays, including DNA sequencing, SNP chromosomal microarrays, relative-quantitative PCR, methylation sensitive PCR, multiplex PCR, fragment analysis by capillary electrophoresis, and Multiplex Ligation-Dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) to detect the underlying causes for genetic diseases. Identification of the genetic aberrations facilitates clinical diagnosis, management, and accurate genetic counseling.
“OCS discovered that MMGL was working on replacing the hazardous chemical Ethidium bromide with a non-hazardous alternative, Gel-Red, for visualizing DNA in agarose gels and invited our lab to participate in the Sustainable Labs program. Working with OCS on becoming certified was an easy and rewarding process. Sustainability is not difficult, but it does take creative thinking, commitment, and persistence. ” Todd Ackley, Laboratory Manager
A clinical production laboratory which performs work involving tissue dissection, slide fabrication, slide staining, and antibodies.
“The experience could not have been more pleasant, educational, and rewarding. OCS helps every step of the way in making sustainability a streamlined process. The best part is that staff and faculty feel good about the positive impact to the environment from doing the jobs we love. We continue to look for opportunities to save energy and conserve on resources. Go blue, while being green! ” Bill Lalonde, Safe
Cytogenetics Laboratory Traverwood IV Room 1179
It is a clinical cytogenetics laboratory within the department of pathology. Samples of blood, bone marrow, amniotic fluid, tumors etc. are being cultured for the purpose of analyzing chromosome abnormalities of constitutional or oncology related disease. Culture media are used to grow cells in flasks/tubes in incubators. Methanol and acetic acid as well as a hypotonic solution is used in the harvesting process that takes place in a chemical fume hood. This lab also performs other procedures such as FISH and special stain work involving other chemicals.
“It has been wonderful to work with such knowledgeable staff from OCS and Recycle Ann Arbor. With their help, we have enhanced our recycling efforts to create a culture of sustainability in our lab. We can all breathe a little easier knowing that most of our waste is being recycled rather than going into the trash. We maintain a bulletin board and a reference binder with information on ways to reduce waste, reduce energy use, and recycle that is updated weekly. It has been a fun and informative experience for all of us.” Margaret Rayer, Safety Liaison and Beth Cox, Supervisor.
This clinical laboratory within the department of Pathology supports solid organ and bone marrow transplants. Performs solid phase assays for HLA (human lymphocyte antigen) antibody, flow cytometric technology for living related and unrelated transplants along with SSP (sequence specific primers) and SSOP (sequence specific oligonucleotide probes) molecular techniques for HLA typing. Beckman Coulter FC500 flow cytometer along with other equipment are used employing many commercial kits for antibody screening and HLA typing.
"With the help of the OCS staff, “thinking green” has become part of our daily routine. Our lab staff takes great pride in finding different ways that they can reduce/recycle and reuse. The high point for us is every Tuesday, when we put out our 9 - 96 gallon carts full of recyclable material for pickup!! Just seeing those carts, brings a smile to our faces. Those carts are a weekly reminder and reinforcement to us all, as to the actual volume of “things” we can keep out of the waste stream." Timothy Williams, Lab Coordinator- Histocompatibility Laboratory
Experimental research activities directed at understanding cytokine networks that are operative in a variety of inflammatory reactions and host defenses represent the major investigative directions in this laboratory. In addition, the Biology of cytokines is also studied in the context of an in vitro cellular and molecular approach, as well as in the context of acute and chronic experimental in vivo models of inflammation.
"This is a great program to promote sustainability in our labs at U-M and we enjoyed working with the staff of OCS. It was mutually beneficial to both of us. Let’s make Blue go" Holly Evanoff, Lab Coordinator
Performs nearly 50,000 Pap tests and non-GYN specimens a year along with research. This Lab has T-2000 and T-3000 Hologic machines with other supporting equipment. Alcohol, xylene and formalin waste streams are being recycled and reused.
“The experience could not have been more pleasant, educational, and rewarding. OCS helps every step of the way in making sustainability a streamlined process. The best part is that staff and faculty feel good about the positive impact to the environment from doing the jobs we love. Go blue, be green! ” Brian Smola, Manager Brain Smola, Manager
Janus Safety Demonstration Laboratory HH Dow Room 3045
The Janus Safety Demonstration Laboratory is a mock lab, set up as a teaching facility to demonstrate safe vs. unsafe laboratory practices. Examples of proper laboratory behavior include regulatory compliant labeled and capped hazardous-waste collection bottles, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and properly stored chemicals. Undesirable laboratory practices depicted in the “un-safe” section of the lab include a researcher not wearing shoes, an improperly secured compressed gas cylinder, and use of parafilm as a cap on an HPLC waste collection bottle.
“The goal of the Janus Safety Demonstration Lab is to provide a “real-world” learning opportunity that complements the U-M EHS laboratory safety training. While setting up the lab it only made sense to include sustainability as an example of Best Lab Practices.”
Christopher Barr, Lab Manager
Biodiversity Molecular Laboratory BSB Room 2071
The Biodiversity Molecular Lab is a multi-user facility at the University of Michigan aimed at supporting research activities of students, faculty, and visiting scholars from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The lab contains all necessary equipment to perform molecular techniques involved with DNA/RNA sequencing, microsatellite, AFLP work, and next-generation sequencing.
Vecchiarelli Laboratory LS&A Kraus Room 2095
The Vecchiarelli lab tackles mechanisms of subcellular organization using interdisciplinary approaches with a strong emphasis on cell-free reconstitution and imaging techniques. We are also interested in understanding organelle trafficking in bacteria. We employ molecular biology, and cell culture techniques and use supporting equipment and instrumentation. Waste generated in our lab is disposed of using OSEH guidelines.
We are very happy to participate in the lab sustainability program. We have successfully reduced the amount of waste generated in several areas of the lab. The Chemical Reuse program also allowed us to procure chemicals and small lab equipment at no cost. This has saved the lab over $6,000 to date, and we continue to use this program frequently. This is an excellent, well-developed and easy-to-follow program that can benefit all labs. Especially those just starting up like ourselves!
-- Pusparanee Hakim , PhD Candidate