Molecular Microbiology and Bioinformatics

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) New Opportunities Grant to K. Ma, B. Duncker and K. Müller.

A leading edge facility for molecular microbiology and bioinformatics has been established. Four new laboratories have been constructed to support research on hyperthermophilic bacteria, yeast molecular genetics, plant-microbe interactions, and bioinformatics and systematics. Laboratory equipment includes a high temperature incubator, various cell culture equipment, laminar flow hoods, an autoclave and steamer, a phase-contrast microscope, UV/Vis spectrophotometers, H2 S gas chromatograph, a Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography (FPLC) system, a PhastSystem (for protein analysis), 2D gel electrophoresis, gel documentation system, micromanipulator, a bead-beater, a sonicator, several thermocyclers, a hybridization oven, low-temperature freezers, an ultracentrifuge, an automated DNA sequencer and a plant growth chamber.

Bioinformatics activities are facilitated by two Sun Blade 1000 UNIX computers, each with two 750Mhz processors, and one Sun Blade 1000 UNIX computer, with one 750Mhz processor.