Boyle Laboratory MSRBI Room 4526
Research in the Boyle lab focuses on understanding the complex “regulatory code” within the human genome and its impact on gene regulation. We utilize human cell culture as well as molecular biology techniques including, but not limited to, cloning, ChIP, qPCR, and high throughput sequencing in the wet lab to explore the relationship between cis-regulatory elements and transcription factors.
“With the help of the Sustainable Lab program staff, our wet lab space has taken many steps to create a safer and more sustainable laboratory environment. We have eliminated ethidium bromide and use the SYBR Safe gel dye alternative, recycle waste when appropriate, purchase eco-friendly products, and turn off and unplug unused devices to reduce our energy consumption. By utilizing the Chemical Reuse program, we try to first implement used materials before purchasing new ones. It is a pleasure to participate in this program to help U-M reach its campus-wide sustainability goals”
-- Dr. Jessica Switzenberg, Lab Manager
Irani & Segal Laboratory BSRB Room 4218
Our lab studies interactions between the immune and central nervous system in the context of autoimmune demyelinating disease. We try to understand the mechanism of multiple sclerosis using the mouse model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Cellular and molecular biology techniques are employed in our research. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to U-M EHS guidelines.
“Reduce, reuse, and recycle” should be goals for everyone in daily life. Joining the Sustainable Lab Program has given me a platform to promote and implement these practices in my lab. We have learned more strategies of becoming an environmentally friendly research lab and recommend to others. Amanda Huber
Smith Laboratory LSI Room 3378
Our research focuses on understanding the complexity of protein structure and function using X-ray crystallography as a three dimensional tool. Part of our research is in examining the structures of infectious pathogens including the RNA viruses that cause West Nile disease, yellow fever, and dengue hemorrhagic fever. We employ molecular biology, crystallographic and spectroscopic techniques in our work. Waste generated in the lab is disposed of adhering to EHS guidelines.
Being an environmentally responsible citizen of this Earth should start at home and continue seamlessly into the laboratory. It’s exciting that the Smith lab is now one of the many sustainable labs at the University of Michigan following the University's sustainability guidelines. We are very proud to say we are ambassadors of U of M, Planet Blue. Jamie Konwerski, Manager
Conrad Jobst Vascular Research Laboratory NCRC 26 Room 263N
Our Laboratory studies and evaluates novel therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of deep venous thrombosis. We use in vivo and molecular methods to study therapeutic drug response to lessen venous disease pathogenesis Our group engages interdisciplinary collaborations within and outside of the U-M, for the extrapolation of pre-clinical research findings to develop new preventative and therapeutic strategies for patients. We employ molecular biology techniques along with tissue cultures. Waste streams generated are manifested and disposed of in accordance with U-M EHS guidelines.
"Through the participation in this program we are reducing our energy consumption by closing fume hood sashes, powering down the equipment that is not in use. We also increased our recycling efforts in the lab to reduce waste. We are glad to get recognized as a U-M Sustainable Laboratory through this program. We thank OCS for giving us this opportunity." Karen Schultz, Lab Manager
Grembecka & Cierpicki Laboratory MSRBI 4507, 4514, 4516, & 4522
Our research interests focus on structural biology of cancer associated proteins and in the development of small molecule inhibitors targeting cancer related proteins. Our work involves in developing therapeutic agents for novel epigenetic targets in cancer. We employ cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and chemistry techniques in our laboratory. Waste generated in our lab is disposed in adherence to OSEH guidelines.
Participation in the Sustainable Lab Recognition Program has improved our awareness of the environmental impact of our research. It has helped us to develop energy-saving practices, reduced our hazardous waste generation, and introduced us to various recycling streams. Trupta Purohit, lab manager
Leopold Laboratory NCRC B520 Room 1400
Our lab focused on the identification and optimization of molecular targeted approaches to disrupt KRAS mediated oncogenic signaling. We are focused on the design of improved treatment strategies specifically directed towards pancreatic and colorectal cancers. Our lab utilizes variety of techniques, including in vitro cellular assays, mutational analysis, in vivo pharmacology, western blotting, and PCR. Waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to OSEH guidelines.
“Reduce, reuse, and recycle” should be goals for everyone in daily life. Joining the Sustainable Lab Program has given me a platform to promote and implement these practices in my lab. We have learned more strategies of becoming an environmentally friendly research lab and recommend to others. Libby Ziemke, Manager
Somers' Laboratory NCRC B520 Rooms G138-139
Our research is focused on epidemiology, comorbidities, and public health impact on rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. Our studies involve ovarian preservation in patients exposed to alkylating agents, e.g. cyclophosphamide (CYC) and clinical epidemiology of SLE, including studies of subclinical cardiovascular disease in SLE and gene expression based molecular classification on lupus nephritis. We employ cell and molecular biology techniques in our work. Waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to OSEH guidelines.
Our team is pleased to be involved in the sustainable lab program. We aim to implement eco-friendly practices in our clinical, administrative, and laboratory operations. This program has given us a lot of new information and motivation to improve our procedures and promote sustainability to others in the community. Sarah Schafran, Manager
Day Laboratory NCRC B520 Rooms 1408 & 1409
The main focus of our research is to identify better agents for the treatment of patients diagnosed with metastatic bladder cancer. Currently, we are working in the area of natural products to identify chemicals from plants that have potent anti-cancer properties. We employ cellular and molecular biology techniques in our research. Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to U-M EHS guidelines.
In the Day lab we realize the importance of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” so we make this a daily goal. We are happy to promote and implement this theme in our lab and have now joined the Sustainable Lab Program. By joining, this has increased our awareness and helped us improve our strategies to become even more environmentally friendly in the work place and in our homes. Let’s all become sustainability ambassadors for our one and only planet.
Kathleen Day, Manager
Sun Laboratory NCRC B520
Our lab’s research focuses on drug discovery to inhibit cancer stem cells and nanomedicine for cancer therapeutics. We also study drug delivery and bioequivalence for drugs, and are conducting several clinical studies for drug dissolution in GI tract sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Sun serves as the Director of Pharmacokinetics (PK) Core in the University of Michigan. The PK Core mainly works on: A) To support preclinical pharmacokinetics and metabolism for lead compound selection and dose regimen optimization, which enhances drug discovery and development. B) To support clinical pharmacokinetics and optimize dose regimen in clinical studies. Waste generated in our lab is disposed of using OSEH guidelines.
“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Sun lab has taken every possible measure for a better practice at research. We minimize the use of energy and hazardous materials; we eliminate the use of ethidium bromide, mercury thermometers and radioactive materials; we reuse and recycle plastic, Styrofoam, and carton boxes. Thanks to the UM Sustainable Lab Recognition Program. It not only helps us work in a safer workplace, but also helps keep our planet clean.”
-- Dr. Jinhui Liao, Lab Manager
Debiec Laboratory MBNI 2024
Our research focuses on early life learning via fear conditioning and its effects on health and disease. Our lab conducts behavioral testing using primarily an odor distributor, electric shock stimulator, and a computer, and also include perfusions and immunohistochemistry in some experiments. Equipment that is used consists of but is not limited to a vortex mixer, ethovision, cryostat, and microcentrifuge. Waste generated in our lab is disposed of adhering to OSEH guidelines.
“Our lab is very pleased to have become part of the sustainable lab program, participating in recycling programs and equipment sharing where able. We were thrilled to learn of a program dedicated to using our energy resources more efficiently, especially at such a large university. Through the sustainability program we have learned about reducing chemical waste and the minimal effects of raising the temperature of our freezer to -70 degrees C. Moving forward, we will keep up to date with sustainable news and try to implement changes into our experimental procedures. We are invested in decreasing lab waste and continuing in the program in order prioritize the planet’s resources.” Joanna Hider, Lab Manager