The NMC Offers Monthly Public Tours of Research Lab
The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) offers regular tours to the general public and to science classes. Tours of the new, state-of-the-art Biological Laboratory and Greenhouse are open to the public on the fourth Saturday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Participants must register in advance by filling out a registration form here. The tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people, and may be cancelled if fewer than five people register.
Tours will be guided either by the Director of Laboratory Research, Dr. Steve Buelow, or by one of the trained docents who work with the NMC, and will last a total of one hour. Please remember to wear proper attire for a laboratory. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. Safety goggles will be handed out to all attendees, and a safety briefing will be provided by the guide/docent prior to the tour.
Dr. Sayre giving a tour to Los Alamos High School Students.
The NMC Biological Laboratory supports cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional initiatives in Plant Biology and Biomedical Technology and Engineering. University faculty and researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and across the world collaborate in our laboratory on global challenges in food security, medicine and sustainable energy. NMC’s plant biology and biomedical technology initiatives are uniquely positioned at the frontier of a fertile research area with a tremendous potential return
The NMC Biological Laboratory integrates and analyzes genomic, phenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic data to form a complete picture of cell function. Advances in technology allow us to integrate this multiple discipline capability in one laboratory for the first time. The collective expertise of the NMC partnership in the relevant scientific disciplines function sets us apart in this highly inter-disciplinary field. The NMC is uniquely positioned to deliver research on these multiple disciplines and expertise and exponentially increase our understanding of cell function.
Dr. Richard Sayre, Senior Research Scientist with the NMC and LANL, and his algal implant biology group is internationally known for improving algae as a feedstock for biofuels. His algae research program includes using algae to control mosquito populations that carry malaria and for vaccine delivery in agricultural applications. The group works with a variety of plants investigating characteristics of various algal biofuels feedstocks and improving plant nutritional content and productivity.
Again, to register for a tour of the new NMC Biolab fill out the registration form here.