Current Projects and Student News
New Pond on CampusAlready Turning Green!
Lone Star College-Montgomery's biotechnology students are "diving in" to their research after another generous donation has enabled them to build an open pond on campus. This pond allows studnts to grow large amounts of algae that will be used to research novel agricultural techniques for Aperion, a property development company based in Arizona. For a full report on the project, please refer to the article, New Pond on Campus Already Turning Green!, on the LSC-Montgomery website.
LSC-Montgomery Biotechnology Student Receives Scholarship
Tim Hall, a biotechnology student at LSC-M, recently received a second scholarship from Fluid Imaging Technologies (FIT) for his work with the FlowCAM machine that was recently purchased from FIT. The FlowCAM performs detailed analyses of microscopic particles suspended in fluids and has applications in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical, petrochemical, food and beverage, and wastewater. Hall and other LSC-M biotechnology students use the instrument to study the quality and quantity of algae cultures as they research algal biofuel, nutraceutical, microbial fuel cell, and water remediation applications. Congratulations Tim!
Photo left to right: Steve Bowen, Fluid Imaging Technologies Houston representative, Dr. Daniel Kainer, director of LSC-M's biotechnology program, and Tim Hall, LSC-M student scholarship receipient.
Bioinformatics and Super Computers:
Dr. Danny Kainer and Ricky Johnson, a biology adjunct professor, have designed a computer lab with super computer capacities for bioinformatics research including molecular modeling, whole genome alignments and other genomics applications, primer design, and data mining of the biological literature. The Tesla graphics processing units (GPCs) pictued on the right are the "heart" of the workstation supercomputers. Each Tesla has the computational ability of 476 high end PCs. Therefore, with 2 Teslas per workstation supercomputer, we have access to the equivalent power of nearly 1,000 desktop computers for any given bioinformatics challenge.
Podcasting is a means to share audio and video-based updates of research and educational activities happening within the LSC Biotechnology Institute and in the local biotechnology community.
Algae Production Facility:
LSC-Montgomery students constructed a pilot scale algae production and processing facility. Students are comparing various algal cultivation technologies and are pioneering methods for biomass harvesting. In addition, students are investigating novel algae applications, including aquaponics, ecological aquaculture, biofuels and nutraceuticals.
Indoor Lab Research Area:
Student projects in our indoor lab include microbial fuel cell (MFC) research (pictured on the left) and indoor bioreactors, algae growth research ponds (pictured on the right), water remediation, and enhancements to traditional biodiesel production methods.