LS & E Infrastructure Unit
As part of the Lokey Center, and joint efforts with the RBNI (Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute), the LS&E Infrastructure Unit forms the focus for interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from many disciplines, especially between biologists, chemists, biotechnologists, and engineers. The Unit is equipped to face the challenges presented by the important research questions of the 21st century.
In order to enable this vital inter-disciplinary work, it is imperative to provide the researchers with the state-of-the-art equipment that is at the heart of the unit. By sharing resources instead of requiring each individual laboratory to invest in heavy equipment, the Unit l ensures that maximum benefit is derived from each investment.
Sophisticated equipment must also be maintained and operated by highly trained professionals. The Unit has dedicated staff of professionals who guides researchers in the use of this complex equipment. This staff also has the expertise to assist in the design and execution in these ground-breaking experiments.
The equipment housed in the Unit is divided to five main research areas (equipment clusters): Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Imaging & Microscopy, and Cell Analysis and Separation, each with an affiliated academic coordinator. The LS&E Infrastructure Unit enables the sort of collaboration that pushes back the frontiers of science and transforms knowledge into treatments, and other applications, that improve the quality of life.
Temporarily the Unit is located at the Faculty of Biology. Once the Emerson building is completed, the LS&E Infrastructure Unit will move into its permanent facility.