Dr. Annegret Stark and colleagues at the University of KwaZulu-Natal are leading efforts in South Africa to use biowaste from sugar cane manufacturing.
On May 24, 2022, Seeding Labs hosted life sciences leaders to discuss how their sector can increase scientific access as an essential way of business.
Krystyna Hincman (Cell Signaling Technology), Ryan Walker (Cytiva) and Prof. Aina Adeogun (University of Ibadan) presented their valuable perspectives on how relationship building yields global results.
In 2020 and 2021, Instrumental Access awardees expanded their teaching capacity, training the next generation of scientists for their careers.
With the right equipment in place, they were able to provide hands-on training to thousands of students across the world.
In 2020 and 2021, Instrumental Access awardees expanded their research projects, focusing on everything from portable energy storage to combating tropical diseases.
With the right equipment in place, they were able to advance key findings and publish at higher rates, spreading their expertise across the world.
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.
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.
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.