Colombia’s most famous export, coffee, is stored and shipped in sturdy woven bags made from a local plant called fique, also known as sisal. The fibers of the fique plant are notoriously strong, but creating textiles wastes nearly 95% of the plant itself. As a nanoscientist specializing in energy delivery, Esteban Garcia-Tamayo, PhD, believes that the byproducts of this process may be essential for the future of sustainable energy storage.
Today we are unveiling an all-new TeleScience site! Our online library of videos is now full of even more lab tips, research tricks, and how-tos that help share scientific skills and expertise across the globe.
In 2020, Instrumental Access awardees used their labs and expertise to contribute to their institutional, regional, and national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From producing hand sanitizers to running diagnostics labs, Instrumental Access awardees were essential workers in this global fight.
In a little over a year since Instrumental Access equipment arrived on campus at the Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Dr. Victorien Dougnon’s research and publication schedule has been accelerated exponentially.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, his work investigating traditional herbal medicines that may be effective against antimicrobial resistance is pushing ahead. Dr. Dougnon and his colleagues have used their lab’s expanded capacity to perform sample analyses on-site, increasing both the speed and accuracy of their findings.
When Dr. Jules-Roger Kuiate applied for an Instrumental Access award, the Department of Biochemistry had some promising research in progress on medicinal plants and tropical diseases. But the department had little infrastructure to efficiently carry these projects to their conclusions.
Five years later, they are collaborating with departments across campus and the Ministry of Higher Education.
Seeding Labs is proud to partner with SANBio, the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences, to issue a challenge! Labs across the world are in various stages of reopening, so how are you working to keep your environments safe?
To all the innovators and problem solvers devising new ways to keep their labs sterile during the COVID-19 pandemic: show us how you do it!
After their Instrumental Access award in 2016, opportunities to analyze natural products opened up for the University of Zambia’s Department of Pharmacy. Now, graduate students are doing original analysis in the lab using Instrumental Access equipment. And they are publishing original research at an incredible pace.
Five years ago, the Chemistry Department at the Dar es Salaam University College of Education was losing students and outsourcing sample analysis to other facilities. Now, thanks to Instrumental Access equipment, students are completing their studies and researchers are publishing new work on pollution in Tanzania’s freshwater lakes.
Though no one was entirely prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists around the globe were required to respond. The world needed the ability to test and contact trace; labs that had the necessary equipment stepped up to answer this urgent call. Because the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) received a 2018 Instrumental Access award, Dr. Gama Bandawe and his lab already had most of the equipment they needed to join the fight against COVID-19.
Dr. Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene, has been elected to serve as the Chair of the Seeding Labs Board of Directors.