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
Fallahi-Sichani Laboratory BSRB Room 2552
Fallahi Lab is interested in experimental and computational approaches to develop a quantitative and system-level understanding of oncogenic signaling and therapeutic mechanisms in human tumors, multiplex biochemical measurement, single-cell analysis, and multi-scale and network level modeling. Our ultimate goal is to help developing precision medicine in cancer treatment via improving how drugs are used to treat individual cancer patients. We employ molecular biology and cell culture techniques in our work and use the supporting equipment. Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.
“The Fallahi Lab has begun with all the sustainability aspects in place. We are in full compliance with the UM Environmental Health and Safety guidelines. We regularly check ChEM Reuse program database for our material needs and practice sustainable purchasing. We follow reuse and recycling as per Planet Blue recommendations. We follow the “Shut the sash + be safe” in fume hood maintenance. Lights, computers and major appliances are turned off at the end of the day. We look forward to maintaining this lab as sustainable as possible! Mohan Manikkam, Lab Manager
Pinsky Laboratory MSRB III Room 7249
Our lab is chiefly interested in blood vessels across many parts of the human body. We pursue research that targets translational medicine in vascular conditions such as stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary hypertension, Myocardia infection, and atherosclerosis. We are particularly interested in molecular mechanisms that drive a hypoxic/ischemic vascular phenotype. We employ molecular biology and cell culture techniques in our work and use the supported equipment. Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.
“We engaged in the ChEM reuse program to help sustain our research efforts in reducing the amount of waste we generate. We have moved to a safer gel staining agent to replace ethidium bromide (EtBr) for the large amount of genotyping gels we use in our mouse colony. We are now raising the temperature on our ULT freezers to -70 C to save on energy, maintenance and costs”. Patrick Robichaud, Lab Specialist.
Keane Laboratory LS&A Chemistry/Biophysics Dept Room 4070 Chemistry
The discovery of functional non-coding (nc) RNAs has revolutionized our understanding of gene expression and regulation. There is a wealth recent information implicating ncRNAs as regulators of a variety of cellular and pathogenic processes. To this end, we are interested in uncovering the mechanisms and functional roles of ncRNAs in disease progression using a combination of biomolecular NMR and other biophysical and structural tools. Waste generated from our lab is disposed of adhering to EHS guidelines.
“Recently, there has been a strong global push to become more environmentally conscious. This is particularly true for areas regarding scientific research. I feel that our Sustainable Lab Program is ahead of the curve. They focus on creating awareness of the global and local impact research has on the environment and providing economical solutions to these problems, without sacrificing productivity – be that with their multiple recycling initiatives, their strive to provide safer alternatives to toxic wastes, or by simply increasing the temperature of your ultralow freezers a few degrees.
‘The future will be green, or not at all.’ ” Tracy Hodges, Lab Manager
Martin Laboratory SPH I Room 5657
Our lab’s primary goal is to build a greater understanding of the epidemiology of viral respiratory diseases through the use of molecular epidemiology. Through characterizing existing and new interventions to prevent transmission and severe disease, our research team works to identify strategies to reduce infections, particularly in individuals with chronic comorbidities and in hospital environment. We employ molecular biology and cell culture techniques and use supporting equipment. Waste collected is disposed of adhering to EHS guidelines.
"There are some easy and practical sustainability principles to follow that can not only result in less impact on the environment, but can also result in greater lab safety and significant cost savings. As a part of this program we have raised our ULT freezer temperature to -70 deg C. to save on energy and we recycle pipet tip boxes. I hope every other lab in the School of Public Health and the University goes through this program.”-Betsy Salzman, Lab Manager
Palapattu Laboratory Cancer Center Room 7411
Our research is focused on prostate and bladder cancer. We perform in vitro and in vivo experiments. Instrumentations include but not limited to centrifuges, cell culture hood, incubator, Elisa plate reader, western blot equipment, microscope, pH meter, liquid nitrogen tank, etc. In short, we employ molecular biology and cell culture techniques and carry out our work. Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.
Through this program switched to reloadable pipette tip systems and joined the ChEM reuse program to help decrease the necessity for buying and disposing of laboratory chemicals. We recycle pipet tip boxes, Styrofoam boxes that comes in our shipments, and have implemented energy-saving measures for our fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. We recommend this program to other labs on our campus to reduce waste and conserve energy. Mackenzie Adams, Lab Manager
Moore Laboratory BSRB Room 4448
Our lab is interested in the pathogenesis of lung fibrosis, and in the regulation of innate and adaptive immunity post-stem cell transplant. We employ molecular biology techniques and carry out our work with associated lab equipment. Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.
We are glad to have participated in this program. Some of the initiatives we have introduced are to switch to reloadable pipette tip systems, participating in the ChEM reuse program to help decrease the necessity for buying and disposing of laboratory chemicals. We recycle all Styrofoam that comes in our shipments, and have implemented energy-saving measures for our fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. Carol Wilke, Lab Manager
Anatomy Laboratory MS II
Ours is a medical school teaching lab engaged in teaching anatomical science education for undergraduate, graduate, residents, medical and dental students. We teach well over 1000 students per year. Medical instruments are used to dissect cadaveric specimens placed on surgical tables. Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.
We have joined the ChEM reuse program to help decrease the necessity for buying and disposing of laboratory chemicals. We recycle all paper, cardboard, and Styrofoam that comes in our shipments, and have implemented energy-saving measures for our laboratories and mock surgical suites. We have also implemented a program to segregate non-biological waste from biological waste in an effort to reduce energy consumption and improve recycling efforts. Our students use Mac computers in the labs with energy saving capabilities. Formaldehyde fumes are neutralized using MEA to avoid exposure and we’re currently researching other biodegradable alternatives to mitigating mold contamination in our laboratories.
John Stribley-Lab Director; Dean Mueller-ADP Director; Kenny Thompson-Assistant