Ahead of its Time.
Suzannah Miller, Biofrontiers Advanced Light Microscopy Core
Biochemistry Cell Culture Facility: Past to Present
Around 1990, three Principal Investigators (PIs) from the Biochemistry Division in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry pooled their resources to create a shared resource space. It began with a microscope, two incubators, and two biosafety cabinets, all donated by the three PIs involved. Together, they hired a technician and student helper to support the facility with media preparation, serum testing, biosafety cabinet maintenance, and training of new users. As new faculty were hired, more researchers found a need to use cell culture in their research and benefitted from the availability of the facility. When the number of investigators grew to approximately ten labs, the Biochemistry Cell Culture Facility was formalized. It currently has over 100 active users working in 19 different labs.