Leveraging State-of-the-Art Equipment

While each faculty member has their own lab with personalized instruments, purchased with their specific research in mind, there are also large and expensive pieces of equipment that it is far more efficient to share.

Shared equipment facilities give our scientists access to the most up-to-date equipment for their varied research from neuro-degenerative diseases, to plant science and from DNA discovery to cancer research. One such technology is mass spectrometry, a technique for separating isotopes, molecules, and molecular fragments according to their mass in order to identify the chemical constitutions of substances.

The Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics, in the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, provides comprehensive mass spectrometry services to 39 different groups studying plant and animal life. Investment in this and other shared equipment across the University, is a valuable investment in multiple researchers, enabling them to efficiently continue their groundbreaking research across a spectrum of subjects.

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“High end equipment is extremely expensive and beyond the means of many individual researchers. The purchase of shared high-end equipment that is operated by skilled technicians, will afford all researchers access to new and  cutting-edge technology. This will enable our researchers to reach new levels, that could not be achieved otherwise.”

- Prof. Jay Fineberg, Dean, Faculty of Science

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