The LSUHSC-Shreveport Research Core Facility is of superior quality, is well managed by a Faculty Oversight Committee, receives generous support from the Administration and the Research Council of LSUHSC-Shreveport, has a staff that is helpful and well-qualified, and provides numerous technologies that are expensive and require intensive specialized training for proper use. The CMTV leadership, however, perceived a further, unmet need for smaller, yet critical items of equipment and services that could be shared among CMTV members. The decision was therefore made not to attempt to duplicate the services provided by the LSUHSC-Shreveport Research Core Facility, but to develop a Molecular Analysis Core with the well focused mission of providing instrumentation and services that were directly related to CMTV research activities on a daily basis. In addition, the use of LSUHSC-Shreveport Research Core Facility by CMTV members would be supplemented when evaluated as appropriate and worthwhile.
The COBRE CMTV Molecular Analysis Core was established in late 2003 when the COBRE grant was initiated. Items of equipment were purchased and a Research Associate was recruited to serve as the full time Manager of the Core. The Research Associate/Manager helps to order, set up, and maintain equipment, trains CMTV investigators in the operation and applications of the equipment, maintains and catalogues the large inventories of biological reagents (viruses, cell lines, bacteria, plasmids, etc.) stored in liquid nitrogen, and works with the CMTV leadership to decide the services and facilities that this Core could provide. Some items of equipment, a portion of the service contracts, and the services of a Laboratory Helper Technician were provided by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
The decision to focus on facilities and equipment needed on a daily basis by members of the CMTV and to allocate a portion of the budget to help defray fees charged by the LSUHSC-Shreveport Animal Resources Facility and the LSUHSC-Shreveport Research Core Facility has proven to be a good one. Maintenance and upgrading of the Molecular Analysis Core and expanding the use of LSUHSC-Shreveport Research Core Facility in the future will continue to provide and improve what has become essential research infrastructure for CMTV investigators.
The project described was supported by NIH Grant Number
P20RR018724 from the National Center for Research Resources.