New Mexico Consortium Offers Monthly Public Tours of New Bio Lab and Greenhouse

Dr. Richard Sayre guides a recent tour for LAHS students. Courtesy NMC

Monthly tours of the NMC’s Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse are now being offered. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

  • Guided tours of the NMC’s Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse will be offered the 4th Saturday of each month.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is now offering tours of its new, state-of-the-art Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse to the public 11 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of each month.

The next tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 26.

The deadline to register is the 4th Thursday of the month. Participants must register in advance on the NMC’s website http://newmexicoconsortium.org/events-and-news-home/biolab-tour. The tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people, and may be cancelled if fewer than five people register.

Tours will be guided either by the Director of Laboratory Research, Dr. Steve Buelow, or by one of the trained docents who work with the NMC. The tour will last a total of one hour. Please remember to wear proper attire for a laboratory. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. Safety goggles will be handed out to all attendees, and a safety briefing will be provided by the guide/docent prior to the tour.

The NMC Biological Laboratory integrates and analyzes genomic, phenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic data to form a complete picture of cell function. Advances in technology allow us to integrate this multiple discipline capability in one laboratory for the first time. The collective expertise of the NMC partnership in the relevant scientific disciplines function sets us apart in this highly inter-disciplinary field. The NMC is uniquely positioned to deliver research on these multiple disciplines and expertise and exponentially increase our understanding of cell function.

Dr. Richard Sayre, Senior Research Scientist with the NMC and LANL, and his algal implant biology group is internationally known for improving algae as a feedstock for biofuels. His algae research program includes using algae to control mosquito populations that carry malaria and for vaccine delivery in agricultural applications. The group works with a variety of plants investigating characteristics of various algal biofuels feedstocks and improving plant nutritional content and productivity.

About the New Mexico Consortium

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is an innovative effort to engage universities and industry in scientific research in the nation’s interest and to increase the role of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in science, education and economic development. This non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities focuses on facilitating collaborations at the Laboratory interface.

The NMC leverages capabilities at LANL, universities and industry and provides agile and accountable operations to execute joint initiatives. The NMC develops and manages self-sustaining research facilities to support these joint initiatives. Through the NMC, the universities and LANL have developed more effective models to advance our nations interests and increase the impact of scientific research on the local and national economy.

For additional information contact Shannan Yeager, Director of Community Relations at 505.412.6898 or syeager@newmexicoconsortium.org.

To register for a tour, please visit our website at http://newmexicoconsortium.org/events-and-news-home/biolab-tour.

Related NMC News

The NMC is accepting applications for a Microalgal Biotechnology Research Service Position. This is an opportunity for an interested candidate to participate in exploratory research at the NMC Biological Laboratory as a part-time, unpaid, service position, with a minimum level of effort of 10 hours per week. This is a valuable opportunity for a graduate student, retired scientist, or scientist re-entering the workforce to help advance original research, participate in the scientific publication process, hone laboratory skills and collaborate with other researchers at the NMC.

Application Procedure: 

Please submit your application through the job application website. Applicants should also submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Carol Stewart, NMC Research Service Coordinator, at cstewart@newmexicoconsortium.org. Applicants should indicate their time frame of availability in their letter of interest.

 

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