In the scorched sands of the Namib, the world’s oldest desert, Dr. Vetjaera Haakuria is on a quest. He hopes to unearth microbes from the soil of towering termite mounds that could provide ammunition in the battle against superbugs. The quest is urgent…
A garbage dump may seem like an unconventional setting for research, but Dr. Aneisha Collins-Fairclough (above) of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) sees enormous scientific potential. Since receiving an Instrumental Access shipment of equipment from Seeding Labs in 2014, Dr. Collins-Fairclough has been harvesting the microbiological riches of the Riverton City Dump, Jamaica’s largest solid waste disposal site. She collected water samples with her students from the dump’s leachate ponds as well as the adjacent Duhaney River, which runs through residential communities before draining to—and potentially polluting—Kingston Harbor.
Garden City University College (GCUC) is training new generations of health care workers for a country that sorely needs them. To fill a gap in Ghana’s health care system, GCUC introduced a medical laboratory technology program in 2013. However, the school lacked the necessary equipment to give students the hands-on training they needed to be prepared to work in medical and diagnostic labs upon graduation. In 2016, with support from USAID, Seeding Labs sent GCUC a shipment of Instrumental Access equipment. It contained nearly 3 tons of scientific tools and supplies donated by 31 US-based corporations, universities, and research institutes.
Congratulations to our partners at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), who just celebrated the inauguration of their new Institute for Tropical Medicine and Global Health! Thanks to your support and a shipment of Instrumental Access equipment, the Dominican Republic now has its first research institute dedicated to emerging, tropical, and infectious diseases. Our Global Partnerships Manager Melissa Wu was a guest at the inauguration on Feb. 1, 2017, and reports that the Institute is the result of years of planning. Its origins can be traced to a decade ago, when UNIBE began integrating research into the fabric of the university.
Your support has helped pave the way for Peru’s first bioengineering department to launch degree programs this year! Bioengineering is a nascent research area in Peru but has immense potential to address environmental concerns like pollution and bioremediation, as well as health risks presented by tropical and infectious diseases. In hopes of finding creative solutions to these issues–some of Peru’s biggest challenges–Dr. Melanie Cornejo, provost of Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) and pictured above, is spearheading the country’s first bioengineering program at UTEC .
At the Université de Yaoundé I, Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program has made a lasting impact on: Each year, more than 800 undergraduate students in biochemistry courses get hands-on experience using equipment from Seeding Labs Three university departments used instruments from Seeding Labs to outfit 5 research labs and 2 teaching labs Dr. Boyom has won two international grants totaling $170,000 in new research funding since receiving equipment from Seeding Labs Students in the Antimicrobial Agents Research Unit at the Université de Yaoundé I retrieve petri dishes from a refrigerator that was provided by Seeding Labs.
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