Congrats to Cord!

One of our star undergrad students, Cord Helken, presented his research at the CURO symposium on April 3. The symposium was great and featured some real undergraduate stars at UGA. Cord even got to present his poster to the Provost (who was impressed)!

Cord at CURO

Instrumentation updates

2016 was a busy year with our move from UF and setting things up at UGA. We are finally getting where we want to be now.

Our first major instrument was the worm sorter

Then we got a new 600 MHz AVIII-HD Bruker NMR for metabolomics (with sample changer): wonderful instrument!

A month ago we upgraded our 800 MHz to the latest Bruker for metabolomics (with sample changer). We are still waiting for some specialized probes, especially a 1.5-mm cryo.

Last month we also ordered the final upgrade to our 900 MHz system for structural biology. Guess which company got that order?

Getting things going

The Edison lab officially starts in the CCRC at UGA Aug 14, but we have already been very busy laying the foundation of our new lab.

  • The first (of 3) new Bruker NMR consoles has been ordered and should be delivered in early fall. This will be set up perfectly for metabolomics and will allow us to take our existing Bruker protocols that were established at UF and get them going quickly.
  • We’ve ordered a new worm sorter (Union Biometrica Biosorter-Pro), which should be ready to go about the time we arrive in Athens. This will allow us to sort C. elegans by size and/or fluorescent properties, and we can accurately count worms into 96 well plates or other formats. I am very excited to start thinking of new approaches to metabolomics and automation with this machine readily available.
  • We are ordering some additional new equipment and computers to replace things that we had at UF, and it is nice to be able to update things. For example, everything will be as compatible as possible with 96 well formats, so that we have an efficient metabolomics workflow.
  • We’ve started using a new electronic lab notebook called labguru. I’ve wanted to have something like this for some time, and so far I’m very happy with it. We have a chemical and freezer inventory (thanks to Ramadan, my lab manager at UF). This links nicely into protocols that students and postdocs are making. We can keep conversations on specific topics going, and it seems much better than email to update conversations. We even have implemented a “paper of the week”, in which everyone puts up a post with a short description of a paper they like and why we should read it. The list of suggestions are now adding up to be a nice collection of important lab papers that we could use one day for journal clubs, etc. Now, I just need to keep up my weekly contributions!

This is a fun and exciting time for us, and it is allowing me to think of new experiments and projects that I haven’t considered in the past. Change can be very healthy in the right doses!

Students interested in the lab should contact me (aedison@uga.edu).