DNA Technologies and Expression Analysis Core
UC Davis Genome Center, GBSF #1410
The DNA Technologies Core is up and running and is providing the full array of research services. The core is offering sample processing on formerly shared instruments as a service now.
The DNA Technologies Core has just begun the work on two large multi-species reference genome assembly projects, the California Conservation Genomics Project (CCGP) and the Earth BioGenome project (EBP). The goal is to generate the highest quality genome assemblies for more than 100 plant and animal species.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
4303 Tupper Hall
The NMR Facility is operating at around half of pre-COVID capacity on critical projects approved by the Office of Research. We have expanded our remote access capabilities via Real VNC and thus we can now monitor instrumentation, perform some maintenance and train people remotely.
Installation of the Helium Recovery and Liquefier system is moving forward. This will ultimately save money in helium cost, provide a steadier supply, and recycle a critical non-renewable resource.
Campus Mass Spectrometry Facilities
9 Hutchison Hall
The Campus Mass Spectrometry Facilities (CMSF) completed the installation of a new high-field Orbitrap mass spectrometer (Q-Exactive HF) in late June. Facility staff are currently running the instrument to familiarize themselves with it and are undergoing official Thermo training online via WebEx. We anticipate making the instrument available to our open-access users in the next few weeks. This instrument was the result of a NIH SIG award last summer, and is the fourth SIG the CMSF has received since our inception in 2006.
Mouse Biology Program
2795 2nd Street #400
The Mouse Biology Program (MBP) is operating with approximately 50 percent of staff working on-site with new COVID-19 related procedures and processes in place.
Our multiple vivaria are functioning and providing husbandry care and welfare of mice. We also continue to offer campus investigators emergency cryopreservation of their mouse lines to protect critical research resources. When we emerge from this current crisis, the MBP will also be available to provide expedited recovery and resuscitation of cryopreserved mouse lines to help get your research going again as rapidly as possible.