Biochemistry and Molecular Biology CORE Hosts Supply Open House

Dozens of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers took advantage of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Core’s first Supply Center Open House to see the latest laboratory products and services.

β€œIt was highly successful event with a lot of representation from both vendors and customers,” said Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., Pharm.D., M.S., Professor and Lucille P. Markey Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Associate Director of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute. “I am very proud of our BMB Core and glad that we can service the UM community.”

The open house on Friday, September 12, gave research faculty and students an opportunity to meet with representatives from Bio-Rad, Qiagen, Life Technologies, Agilent Technologies and other vendors to discuss the laboratory equipment and services needed to support their current studies. “I came to talk directly with the vendors and see their latest offerings,” said Emily Clark, Ph.D., a postdoctoral microbiology student.

Jimmy El Hokayem, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow, said that having in-person conversations with vendors is important in addressing specific needs. “I have found that one-on-one usually works better than email,” he said. “Plus, they can introduce me to new products that might be helpful in my work.”

Erika Alecio, supervisor of the BMB Core Supply Center, said the open house also gave researchers a better understanding of the campus-wide support available through the department. As she said, “We serve as an efficient conduit for researchers, helping to meet their laboratory needs.”

Participating vendors also felt the Supply Center Open House was a resounding success. “We appreciate BMB Core’s organizing this event,” said Shelina Folsom, genetic analysis applications representative from ThermoFisher Scientific. “It’s a great way for us to meet prospective customers and display our literature.”

Mark Marles, regional manager for Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., agreed. “We now have an automated supply room with an inventory of products for researchers right here on campus controlled by BMB Core,” he said. Bio-Rad’s on-site refrigerated products include precast gels, protein standards, and amplification reagents.

In essence, the Bio-Rad automated service is a reagent vending machine – the first at UM – and it operates similarly to commercial drink and snack vending machines. “It allows researchers to obtain reagents as needed for their work,” said Daunert. “Thus, it facilitates the research operation of the laboratories of the Miller School of Medicine.”

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