The Central Science Laboratory (CSL) is a central UTAS service that provides academic advice, support, collaboration and teaching in atomic and molecular analysis and several different forms of microscopy. A host of research level analytical instruments are housed in the CSL, where a wide variety of methodologies are utilised. The CSL also provides high level electronic and mechanical engineering workshop support, ranging from design, programming and construction of unique analytical equipment through to general electronic and mechanical repairs.The CSL 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)
21 March, 2014