IAB's Toolik Field Station, located in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range in northern Alaska on the southeast shore of Toolik Lake (68°37'N, 149°36'W, elevation 720 m, 254.3Km above the Arctic Circle), is a world-renowned Arctic climate change research station. This location affords access to three major physiographic provinces including the Brooks Range, the Arctic Foothills and the Arctic Coastal Plain. The Station also serves as a base camp for researchers working along the ecological transect from tundra to taiga to boreal forest along the Dalton highway, from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks, Alaska. The TFS Faculty Supervisors are IAB Director and TFS Science Director Brian Barnes and TFS Associate Science Director and Research Assistant Professor Syndonia (Donie) Bret-Harte. Email Brian Barnes. Email Syndonia Bret-Harte.
The Genomics Core Lab is a centralized research facility at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Located in West Ridge Research Building, Room 207, the Genomics Core Lab offers a variety of instruments for genomics, proteomics, analytical chemistry, and other general scientific applications. The Core Lab also offers library preparation and sequencing services on Illumina's MiSeq platform. Coordinator Logan Mullen maintains and offers support and training for a diverse suite of molecular biology and analytical chemistry instrumentation. The Core Lab facilitates learning through training workshops and seminars, so students, faculty, and staff can learn to use available equipment. Temporary lab bench space is also available to local or visiting researchers and students, based on availability and need. We also provide tours upon request. The Genomics Core Lab is supported primarily by the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology and the Alaska IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Mary Beth Leigh (Associate Professor of Microbiology) is the Faculty Director and the Core Lab Coordinator is Logan Mullen.
The IAB Research Greenhouse provides a reliable environment for growing plants for research and educational projects year-round. Facilities include four separate zones housing research projects and plant collections, and three climate-controlled growth chambers.
The IAB Molecular Imaging Facility (IAB-MIF) provides access to state-of-the-art MR techniques for the UA system. The facility has two NMR spectrometers one is only for solution-state at 300 MHz and one, in addition to solutions, can also look at tissue and other semi-solids, as well as powdered solids at 600 MHz. These spectrometers are able to perform a wide range range of modern NMR techniques, and are used by researchers in several departments in areas as diverse as small peptide structure determination, organic teaching chemistry support, metabolomics, and environmental samples. The facility also has 1.5 Tesla MRI that can be used for both imaging and spectroscopy, and recently added a Dual-energy X-Ray Absorptiometry instrument designed to look at lean body mass, adipose tissue, and bone density.
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