Biolab People

 

Helin Alagoz

Pebble Labs Research Technician
Biocontrol of pathogens

Diana Ballesteros

Pebble Labs Inc.
Biocontrol of Pathogens

Amanda Barry

LANL Resident Researcher
Algae Biology and Biochemistry

 

Supratim Basu

NMC Researcher
Design and delivery of theraputic proteins for HLB protection

Tisza Bell

LANL Researcher
Genetic blueprint of microalgae carbon productivity

Jeremiah Boyer

NMC
General Laboratory Work

Andrew Bradbury

Specifica, Inc.
Human antibody engineering and discovery solutions

Taylor Britton

UNM Graduate Student
Microbiology, Algae research

Cindy Budge

Specifica, Inc.
Antibody engineering and discovery solutions

Steve Buelow

NMC
Chief Executive Officer

Carol Kay Carr

LANL Researcher
Non-GMO algae strains with improved lipid and biomass accumulation

Gargi Chatterjee

NMC Researcher
Human health research

Elisa Cirigliano

LANL Guest Researcher
Characterization and improvement of microalgae strains for the advancement of biofuels and bioproducts

Elton Carvalho Concalves

Pebble Labs Postdoctoral Researcher,
Biocontrol of Pathogens

Jim  Coons

LANL Resident Researcher
PACE Harvesting, Functional characterization of cellular metabolism

Pedro Costa-Nunes

Pebble Labs Inc.
Biocontrol of pathogens

Sara D'Angelo

Specifica, Inc.
Antibody engineering and discovery solutions

Taraka Dale

LANL Resident Researcher
Algae strain characterization and improvments for advanced biofuels and biofuel products

Hajnalka Daligault

LANL Resident Researcher
Algae Research

MariJo DeAguero

NMC
Laboratory Technician

Leyma De Haro

NMC
Institutional Biosafety Officer

Anna Deleray

LANL Student Researcher
Real-time estimation of antibiotic concentration inside a bacterial cell

Frank Erasmus

Specifica, Inc.
Antibody engineering and discovery solutions

Reese Erickson

LANL Post Bac Guest Researcher
Algal biotechnology development

Fortunato Ferrara

Specifica, Inc.
Antibody engineering and discovery solutions

Seth Findley

Innate Immunity, LLC
Infectious disease and immunology research

Shannon Flynn

NMC
Plant Research

William 'Cade' Gasway

LANL Student Guest Researcher
Boosing algae biomass for biofuels with plant substrate utilization

Raul Gonzalez

LANL Guest Researcher
Algal Research, Plant Biology

Jaime Guerra

NMC
Laboratory Technician

Gautam Gupta

NMC Research Scientist
Health and Agricultural Research

Scott Hennelly

NMC Resaercher
Algae and Plant Biology, Molecular Biology

Rex Hjelm

NMC Resaercdher
Structure property performance relationships in materials, geoscience and strucgural biology

Lance Hogden

NMC
General Laboratory Work
 
 
 
 

Anca Lymperopoulou

NMC Researcher
Improving photosynthetic efficience and yield in crop plants
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Andre Teixiera

Specifica, Inc.
Antibody engineering and discovery solutions
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

NMC Industrial Collaborators

 

Collaboration is an integral part of scientific research, and is increasingly moving towards partnerships being created across different department, disciplines, and institutions, even between academic, government and private industry. This type of interdisciplinary collaboration has accelerated the pace of research and encouraged the development of innovative and groundbreaking strategies in investigating increasingly novel and complex topics. Currently at the NMC, industrial collaborators include Pebble Labs USA Inc., Specifica, Innate Immunity LLC, Spartina Biotech LLC, and UbiQD

Pebble Labs USA Inc. is working to safely and sustainably eliminate pathogens in agriculture, aquaculture and vector-borne disease without herbicides, pesticides and antibiotics. Through the process of transbiotics, Pebble Labs uses naturally occurring bacteria to produce double-stranded RNA that are designed to inhibit the expression of genes in only the targeted pathogens and pests, without harming the environment, the host organism or humans. Pebble Labs Inc is made up of three smaller companies, MermaidBioIronLeaf, and LittleFly
Specifica is focused on providing the next generation of human antibody engineering and discovery solutions.  Specifica’s technology delivers high-affinity human antibodies with desired characteristics, and their native human libraries can provide powerful and exclusive in-house discovery capabilities.
Innate Immunity LLC.
Spartina Biotech LLC is a biofuel and renewable energy development corporation whose mission is to develop technologies and applications that advance production of renewable energy sources while supporting the sustainability of natural resources. We specialize in cost-effective treatment of industrial waste water and in the production of renewable energy through biofuel and bioproduct development and production for a sustainable, domestically produced, clean source of energy, food and water.
UbiQD, a Los Alamos based startup company, manufactures quantum dots, and is pioneering window tints that could turn skyscrapers into renewable energy power plants. While UbiQD mainly focuses on solar window technology, it is also developing an agriculture product around their unique nanomaterials. The quantum dot films can also be used in greenhouses to tailor the solar spectrum to give plants better quality light, which can enhance photosynthesis. UbiQD also sells  materials for R&D purposes and provides materials technology development services. 

 

Biolab Equipment

 

Equipment available to researchers at the NMC Biolab: 

 
  • Sorvall RC-5C Plus Refrigerated Superspeed Centrifuge. Item #20873
  • LI-COR Portable Photosynthesis System
  • CONVIRON ADAPTIS A1000 ARABIDOPSIS CHAMBER
  • CONVIRON ADAPTIS A1000 ARABIDOPSIS CHAMBER
  • Gene Pulser Xcell Total System - Electrophoresis Machine. Cat #165266 (main unit), 1652667 (CE Module)
  • Thermofisher From a Series 3 Water Jacketed CO2 Incubator
  • HP P4800 Storage System (SanIQ Storage Solution)
  • Extreme Networks Aspen 8810 Switch
  • Storage System
  • Photo Bioreactor (PBR) (4 total)
  • Centrifuge: Heraeus Megafuge 16R 120V, 50, Rotor F21-48X2CF, Adapters 9X15 ML Conical, Adapters 4x50 ML Conical
  • QIAcube (Automated purification of DNA, RNA, or proteins) – Qiagen
  • QuantStudi 3D Digital PCR System
  • ProFlex Thermal Cycler
  • VWR Ultra Low Temperature Upright Freezer
  • Select Ultra-Low Temperature Upright Freezer, 86° to 50°C, Nor-Lake® Scientific 208V
  • Select Ultra-Low Temperature Upright Freezer, 86° to 50°C, Nor-Lake® Scientific 115V
  • Select Ultra-Low Temperature Upright Freezer, 86° to 50°C, Nor-Lake® Scientific 208V
  • HP1100 Series HPLC System
  • ChemiDoc MP System
  • Agilent Refractive Index detector and accessories (HPLC System)
  • SONY Cell sorter system LE-SH800ZEP
  • REDISHIP Purifier® Logic®+ Class II A2 Biosafety Cabinet, Labconco®
  • FlaskScrubber Labconco - Freestanding Glassware Washer
  • CAMERA Lumenera 1.4 AMP CCD Cooled monochrome camera with Infinity Analyze software
  • Thermo Scientific NanoDrop Spectrophotometer
  • Percival Growth Chamber (5 total)
  • HTA-NMC-090414 Growth Chamber
  • Innova 2350 Open Air Shaker, 2" Orbit (2 total)
  • Biosafety Cabinet; Fisher Scientific 1300 Series A2
  • Computer Server, Dell Computer, Power Edge R730
  • Oxylab Oxygen Electr/Oxylab Control Unit
  • Photon Systems Instruments FluorCam/Fluorometer
  • Photon Systems Thermoluminescence Sys
  • Olympus Microscope
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Centrifuge
  • ThermoFisher Sorvall WX 80 Ultra-Centrifuge
  • Agilent QPCR System 110V
  • Fisher Scientific (Freezer) -80C Revco Ultima +
  • Fisher Scientific Milli-Q Integral 5
  • GE AKTA FPLC
  • Manual Defrost Freezer - Futura Silver Series (6 total)
  • Mettler Toledo Balance XP1203S
  • Millipore Overhead Equipment with 3 Dispensers
  • Promega Maxwell 16 DNA/RNA Extraction Instrument
  • Agilent Bioanalyzer Desktop System
  • Agilent Gas Chromatograph
  • BioRad Biolistic PDS - 1000/HE (gene gun)
  • BioRad GEL DOC EZ Imager
  • BioTek SYNH4 Mono Lum ABS - Plate Reader
  • Chemical Hood-6' Green Solutions Hood
  • Fisher Scientific/Parr Calorimeter
  • FTS Flex-Dry XP Lyophilizer (Freeze Dryer)
  • Varian Cary Spectrophotometer
  • New Brunswick Scientific Shaker
  • Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer Cflow Plus Work Station
  • Biosafety Cabinet; Fisher Scientific 1300 Series A2 1300 Series A2
  • Liquid N2 -Elan2 Auto Transfer
  • HTA-NMC-102813-100-00 Growth Chamber
  • Conviron Growth Chamber (2 total)
  • Reverse Osmosis System (Goulds)
  • Autoclave (Sterilizer) (3 total)
  • W7120PT Xerox Printer/Fax/Copier
  • CAMERA: Olympus High Resolution Digital DP73-1-51 17MP Color Camera
  • 6' Wide Infinity Hood
  • 4' Wide Infinity Hood
  • Indoor Cooler (Cold Room)
  • Flaskscrubber F/S HI-Temp Dishwasher
  • New Brunswick Scientific Shaker

Current Biolab Research Projects

 

PACE: Producing Algae for Coproducts and Energy

This research seeks to make algal biofuels more marketable by focusing on methods to improve algal productivity, the cultivation process, and harvesting. 
 

Developing Infrastructure to Deliver Novel Therapies for Citrus Disease

This research is focused on obtaining practical solutions to the Citrus Health Research Program by analyzing the current status of research, important technology gaps, and grower needs.
 

Design and Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins for HLB Protection

This research proposes to discover pre-symptomatic biomarkers for HLB disease by performing qPCR on Fluidigm to analyze 96 genes. Analysis of gene expression data will enable the capture of pre-symptomatic biomarkers. This project will develop diagnostic tools to detect HLB disease both in the laboratory and field environments.
 

Enhancing Biofuels from Genetially Engineered Camelina

The Center for Enhanced Camelina Oil (CECO) proposes to incrase the harvestable energy yield of Camelina oil as well as improve the composition of the oil to be a more stable and energy dense biofuel feedstock. 
 

An Integrative Genome-Wide Assessment of RNA Transport and Localization in Rice

This collaborative research project proposes to identify and globally characterize RNA binding proteins (RBPs). RNA sequences depleted from total RNA will be sequenced and compared to untreated total RNA to identify new RNA candidates.
 

Atmospheric Aerosols and Precursors form Algal Biofuel Production

DMS, produced by phytoplankton, is a major source of cloud condensation nuclei over the ocean. The main oblective of this study is to determine of DMS is a major byproduct of algal biofuel production and to examine the implications of moving a primarily marine cycle to the terrestrial biome. 
 

New Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

 
Research on new treatments for Alzheimer's disease is happening at a furious pace. This study is looking at new therapies using the RNA from cells found in the central nervous system of mice. 
 

Improving photosynthetic efficience and yield in crop plants

The five best performing independent homozygous HLA3/PGR5 lines (T3) will be transformed with the BCA/LCIA construct. 
 

More Realization of Algal Potential (REAP) Research

Will develop the ability to produce 2500 gal/acre/year of algal biofuel intermediates by 2018 by integrating and extending the most promising organisms and technologies developed with sequential extraction process that separates starches and amino acids prior to hydrothermal conversion of remaining lipid to a biofuel intermediate.
 

Developing Infrastructure and Producting For New Citrus Greening Disease Therapies 

 
U.S. Citrus growers have a critical need for grove-deployable management practices that keep healthy citrus from becoming infected and infected trees from becoming symptomatic. This project presents a systems-based pipeline approach delivering commercial, grove-deployable solutions using a novel therapeutic delivery strategy and citrus transgenics.

 

Disease Control and Human Health

 

All Current Research Projects

 

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