The Central Science Laboratory (CSL) is a staffed facility for centralising major items of equipment used by more than one University School, Centre or Section. It also provides Federal organisations, State Government instrumentalities and local industries and communities with access to equipment and scientific services that is not otherwise available in Tasmania.
Many types of research project are carried out in the Molecular Genetics lab including paternity analyses, population genetic and phylogenetic studies on a range of organisms including bacteria, fungi, hardwood trees, flowering plants, insects, reptiles, fish and mammals. The molecular genetics instrument facility is equipped with a Beckman Coulter eight capillary automated sequencer, which is available for DNA sequencing as well as heterozygote detection, mutation detection, genotyping and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) detection.
Fast Raman mapping now available at UTAS. This means researchers can now take a ‘chemical photograph’ of their sample with a spatial resolution of under 1 micrometre. It also can provide real three dimensional images as Raman is a confocal technique. The instrument has 4 different laser excitation lines, an external fibre optic probe for the analysis of larger samples and a heating & freezing cell to analyse samples at variable temperatures.
Authorised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
10 June, 2011