Current Projects and Student News
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
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.