Choudhuri Laboratory MS II Room 5737
Our lab is broadly interested in the molecular and cell biological mechanisms used by T lymphocytes (T cells) to detect and respond to pathogens and cancers. We employ a cross disciplinary approach centered on quantitative molecular imaging methods that integrate both light and electron microscopy. Hazardous waste and bio waste generated is disposed of adhering to EHS guidelines.
“Our lab has been recycling, reducing and repurposing for years BUT now it's wonderful to have a department to help us do even better. I really appreciated the dollar cost we can save for University by turning off computers when we all leave and fume hoods by keeping sash closed. tip recycling, chemical sharing etc..... It is a pleasure to participate in this program to help U-M reach its campus-wide sustainability goals” -- Tracy Schultz, Lab Manager
Dean Runge Laboratory MSRB III Room 7200
Our research focused on oxidant stress induced cardiovascular diseases. Techniques employed are those required for basic molecular biology, protein work, and tissue culture. Equipment include but not limited to PCR machines, incubators, centrifuges, vortexes, water baths, hot plates, refrigerators, and ULT freezers. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to U-M EHS guidelines.
We are happy to work with the Office of Campus Sustainability to reduce waste material generation. We can save our environment, and cost for hazardous waste disposal. We already got some equipment from ChEM Resue program at free of cost. We recommend this program to all. Takayuki Hayami, Lab Coordinator
Desch Laboratory MSRB I Room 8315 & 8322
Our laboratory concentrates on the discovery and functional characterization of human gene variants that play important roles in thrombosis and hemostasis. We start with screening experiments including GWAS, linkage and whole-genome sequencing in large human cohorts or mutagenesis library screens and then follow up with functional experiments focused on cellular, molecular or animal models.
The Sustainable Lab Program has given us a platform to promote and implement these clean and less wasteful practices in our laboratory. We value these strategies as ways of becoming an environmentally friendly research lab and strongly recommend the program to others. Paula Jacobi, Manager & Prof. Karl Desch, PI
Stockbridge Laboratory Chemistry Room 3250
Our lab focuses on understanding idiosyncratic export proteins. Right now, our projects revolve around exporters of two different toxic ions: fluoride and guanidinium. We have four big questions: what do they look like, how do they work, how did they evolve, and what is their biological role? We use a breadth of biochemical and biophysical techniques, including electrophysiology, membrane protein biochemistry, x-ray crystallography, and macromolecular NMR. We also employ molecular biology and biochemical techniques involving gel and protein work. Working on these novel systems generates different types of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, which are disposed of adhering to U-M EHS guidelines.
As a new lab, we had a unique opportunity to establish a culture of sustainability in our work in the Stockbridge lab. Joining the Sustainable Lab Program helped us to implement best practices and promote environmentally sound research. Our involvement in the program has been a rewarding experience, concluding in our recognition as a Gold sustainable lab.
Chris Macdonald, Lab Sustainability Liason
Bell Laboratory MSRB I Room 1524
Current work is focused on understanding the association between intrauterine contraception and infection and disorder of the female reproductive tract, working in an animal model and with human subjects. Additionally, we are also uncovering host factors and poly-microbial interactions that influence disease progression and homeostasis in the reproductive tract. We employ molecular biology techniques and carry out our work with associated equipment. 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. Alison Eastman, Safety Liaison
Raghunathan Laboratory MSRB II Room 3240
Our lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms that define how the combinatorial logic of histone modifications and its dynamic interactions with histone binding proteins encodes stable and heritable patterns of gene expression. We take multidisciplinary perspective that synthesizes genetics, biochemistry, and biophysical approaches to capture cellular processes across different spatial and temporal regimes. The techniques employ include PCR, CHIP, Cell lysis system, qPCR, Microscopy etc., Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to U-M EHS guidelines.
By joining the Sustainable Lab Program we have learned how to reduce, reuse and recycle things in the lab and we will implement all these in our laboratory. The Sustainable Lab Program helped us to become an environmentally friendly research lab and strongly recommend to others”. Gulzhan Raiymbek, Safety Liaison
Shavit Laboratory MSRB III Room 8200
We study the genetics of blood clotting and bleeding using zebrafish as a model. Our lab has generated approximately 10 lines of fish with mutations in different blood coagulation genes known to be associated with bleeding disorders in humans using Zinc finger nucleases, Talens, and CRISPR technology. For each mutation we identify any phenotypes related to blood clotting and bleeding and attempt to rescue lethal mutations. We regularly genotype our fish using PCR and gel electrophoresis. To reduce our hazardous waste, we recently acquired a Qiaxcel that allows us to determine the size of bands without using ethidium bromide gels. We replaced our older -80 freezer with a newer more energy efficient model and turned it down to -70. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to U-M EHS guidelines.
“Lab environments tend to consume a lot of unnecessary electricity, generate excess waste and duplication of equipment. The sustainable lab program encourages us to evaluate our practices and reduce our impact. Together the scientific community can make a difference. I encourage all labs to become aware of their wasteful practices and look for ways to become more sustainable.” Katie Richter, Shavit Lab Member
Koutmou Laboratory Chemistry Room 2050 $ 2054
The research in our lab focuses on investigating the biological consequences of ribosome encountering faulty mRNA. Part of our research is to study how post-transcriptional modifications alter mRNA structure, translation, and stability, and how the ribonucleoprotein content of different mRNAs is controlled by their modification status. We employ molecular biology, biochemical, and genome-wide (ribosome profiling) techniques in our work. Some of the techniques include molecular cloning, protein purification by FPLC, reconstituted in vitro translation, transient kinetics, ribosome profiling, western blotting etc., Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to U-M EHS guidelines.
“We are a pleased to be a part of the Sustainable lab recognition program. With the help of the Office of Sustainability, our lab has taken all the needed steps for energy conservation, reducing chemical waste and recycling of materials. We strongly recommend other labs to be a proud member of this group.” Taslima Khan, Lab manager
ChE 460 Unit II Operations Teaching Laboratory GG Brown 2409 & 3409
This is the ChE 460 Unit Operations II lab. The focus of the laboratory is the production and purification of biodiesel from soybean or algal oil as well as the exploration of recycle and reuse of excess reactants. Students use large quantities of solvents. Students use analytical techniques such as gas chromatography and UV-Vis spectroscopy to analyze their samples. They use other lab equipment for sample preparation. Hazardous and solid waste generated from this lab is disposed of following U-M EHS guidelines.
“In our ChE 460, Unit Operations II course, students are focusing on pilot-plant scale experimentation. For a sustainable lab, we are trying to focus on waste minimization with reuse of glassware and use of “greener” solvents. In the general overview of biodiesel production, students examine distillation as a way to recycle excess methanol in the pilot plant system. Since students are using hazardous chemicals and solvents, safety and proper waste disposal is always a major focus.” Dr. Chris Barr, Undergraduate Laboratory Supervisor, Chemical Engineering
ChE 489 Product Design Teaching Lab HH Dow Room 3135
This is the ChE 489 general use lab for seniors opting for product design. Student enrollment is approximately 30/year. Student projects have varied from water treatment systems to consumer goods to pharmaceuticals. Waste generated from this lab varies significantly year-to-year and are disposed of adhering to U-M EHS guidelines.
“The ChE 489 course is the second half of our year-long Product Design course. Becoming a certified sustainable teaching laboratory will help our students understand not only green chemistry and engineering principles in their product development process but also might inspire them to choose sustainable purchasing practices during their experimentation” Dr. Chris Barr, Undergraduate Laboratory Supervisor, Chemical Engineering