Sustainable Laboratory Certified Labs

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Coulombe Laboratory BSRB Room 3718

10/12/2017

Research in our lab focuses on defining the properties and role of keratin intermediate filaments as they relate to homeostasis in complex epithelia. Keratin filaments are crucial determinants of the maintenance of cell and tissue integrity, as well as the response and adaptation to various stresses. Aberrations in their properties and/or regulation of keratin proteins are associated with monogenic diseases and polygenic traits such as cancer. We utilize a variety of approaches and assays in our research, ranging from biochemistry and cell and developmental biology to manipulating genes in vivo.

It has always been the goal of the Coulombe to be a sustainable laboratory, which blends in well with the university’s reduce, reuse and recycle programs. We want to continue to be active in, and promote this environmental sustainability campaign. We appreciate the time and efforts of Dr. Reddy and OCS in leading the green movement.–-Beau Su, Senior Lab Manager

Seo Laboratory School of Public Health II M7027

9/22/2017

Our research group integrates nutrition with cell physiology, molecular biology, genetics, and toxicology to understand 1) cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate metal homeostasis and transport, 2) how these processes are regulated by diet, environment, and genetics, and 3) how these processes are perturbed in human diseases associated with metal exposure or deficiency. Our current research investigates metal transport and neurotoxicity in the context of environmental exposure and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. This research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health K99/R00 “Pathway to Independence” award to study the influence of genetic variation on metal neurotoxicity and Parkinson’s disease. To explore these areas, we combine the use of both cell and animal models along with investigations in human subjects.  Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.

“We have switched to reloadable pipette tip systems. We also joined the ChEM reuse program to help decrease the necessity for buying and disposing of laboratory chemicals and try to limit our use of hazardous material. We recycle all styrofoam that comes in our shipments, and have implemented energy-saving measures for our fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. Additionally, we conserve energy where possible by powering down machines not in use. ” Tiffany Nguyen, Safety Liaison

Mosberg Laboratory CC Little/Pharmacy Rooms: 3546, 3552, 3553, 4551

9/21/2017

Research in our lab focuses primarily on molecular recognition between small to medium size ligands (usually peptides) and their macromolecular targets (usually membrane-associated, G protein-coupled receptors, GPCRs) and spans structure-based drug design and synthesis, combinatorial synthesis, protein structure modeling, and biochemical characterization.  We use the supporting synthetic, analytical and characterization equipment in our work.   In other words, ours is wet lab and waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.

We have switched to reloadable pipette tip systems and joined the ChEM reuse program to help decrease the necessity for buying and disposing of laboratory chemicals. ChEM Reuse program is really a great way to share unwanted things/solvents with others, recycle and reduce unnecessary waste and clutter. We were also able to get several pieces of glassware, for free. We would have to buy them otherwise. We recycle all Styrofoam that comes in our shipments, and have implemented energy-saving measures for our fume hoods, computers and printers.  I have had a chance to test a new, waterless reflux condenser. It works great, especially for refluxing in solvent with higher boiling point and most importantly, it can save hundreds of gallons of running water. It is not cheap but definitely worth consideration.  Kate Kojiro, Lab Manager

Zhang Laboratory MSRB III Room 3240

9/19/2017

My laboratory is broadly interested in CRISPR biology and mechanism. We will use Neisseria species as our model system, and E. coli and human cells as additional platforms. We employ complementary biochemical, microbiological, genetic and genomic approaches. We are also interested in working with the broader scientific community to develop and apply novel CRISPR-based tools to tackle diverse biological questions.  We employ molecular biology and cell culture techniques and use supporting equipment.  Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.

“We joined the ChEM reuse program to help decrease the necessity for buying and disposing of laboratory chemicals and equipment. We recycle all cardboards and Styrofoam from our packages. We have also implemented energy-saving measures for our biosafety cabinets and centrifuges. We also joined the pipet tip box-recycling program and are currently recycling all our used pipet tip boxes.”

Max Gramelspacher, Laboratory Technician

Beer Laboratory Cancer Center Room 6431

9/19/2017

Ours is a molecular biology lab focusing on the identification of genes involved in the progression of both lung cancer and esophageal cancer and in chemo resistance of esophageal cancer.  We routinely perform DNA, RNA, and protein isolations to use in real time PCR analysis and western blotting.  We also use transection and transformation reactions to clone genes to be used in cell culture.  We perform cell cycle analyses and cell viability assays to test the effects of chemotherapy drugs on human cells in vitro. We also carry out mouse examples using PDX NSG mice.  Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.

“We have 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 all Styrofoam that comes in our shipments, and have implemented energy-saving measures for our fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. We donated unwanted stuff to ChEM resue program.  We switched Gel Red as a safer product in place of toxic EtBr”.

Zhuwen Wang, Laboratory Manager

Lumeng Laboratory BSRB Rooms 2728, 2718

9/18/2017

Current research projects in the lab are focused on understanding the function of leukocytes in adipose tissue and the mechanisms by which they activate obesity.  Animal models of obesity are utilized to explore how the manipulation of inflammatory cell function impacts nutrient metabolism (e.g. insulin resistance). We employ a wide range of in vitro, in vivo, and advanced imaging modalities to characterize adipose tissue inflammation.  We employ molecular biology and cell culture techniques and carry out our work with associated equipment. Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.

To support a sustainable lab, we power off and unplug equipment not in use and turn lights off at the end of the day.  We’ve raised the temperature on our ULT freezer to -70C and keep the sash shut on our fume hood to conserve energy. We’ve adopted green chemistry principles by switching from Ethidium Bromide to Gel Red. Recycling is also very important to the lab. Jen DelProposto, Lab Manager

Singer Laboratory

9/18/2017

Current research projects in the lab are focused pathogenesis of obesity-induced inflammation and the progression from this chronic inflammatory state to insulin resistance and diabetes.  Our lab uses flow cytometry, qPCRs, cell culture, histology, glucose tolerance tests, and assays.   Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.

We have 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 all Styrofoam that comes in our shipments, and have implemented energy-saving measures for our fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. Cameron Griffin & Simin Abrishami, Safety Liaisons

Bonifant Laboratory BSRB Room 4468

9/12/2017

The research goal of our lab is to study the immunobiolgy of myeloid leukemia in order to rationally develop immune based anti-cancer therapies. We employ molecular biology and cell culture techniques and use supporting equipment.  Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.

“We engaged 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. We use GelRed as a safer gel staining agent to replace the highly toxic ethidium bromide (EtBr) for staining DNA. We have raised the temperature on our ULT freezer to -70 C to save on energy”.  Sergey Zolov, Lab Manager

Allen Laboratory BSRB Room 3678

9/11/2017

We investigate the role of Hedgehog signaling during vertebrate embryogenesis and adult tissue homeostasis using a wide range of approaches including: mouse developmental genetics, molecular biology, mammalian cell culture, biochemistry, and microscopy. Lab equipment includes thermal cyclers, incubators, table-top centrifuges, cryostat, microscope, fume hoods, biosafety cabinet and gel electrophoresis units.  Waste generated is disposed of following EHS guidelines.

The Sustainable Lab Program has provided our lab with the educational tools to incorporate environmentally-conscious practices in our everyday work. From the reduction of unnecessary hazardous waste materials (i.e. ChEM reuse program) to increasing energy consumption awareness, we aim to continue such sustainable practices to maintain a green lab.

 

Nicole Franks, Lab Manager

Turcu Laboratory MSRB II Room5580

9/01/2017

The research in our lab covers a broad range of adrenal disorders, including: congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), primary aldosteronism, Cushing syndrome, pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas.  We employ basic molecular biology and mass spectrometry assays and operate the supporting equipment.  Waste generated in moderate amounts is disposed of following guidelines set by EHS.

“We welcome the Sustainable Labs Program, a wonderful initiative that befits the environment, as well as the divers groups of investigators at the University of Michigan”. Jianwei Ren, Laboratory Manager

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