Core Facilities Practical Training Workshops

“Bootcamp” for New Graduate Students

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During the three week period after new students arrive in early August until classes start, they participate in Core Facility Practical Training (affectionately known as “bootcamp”). With the exception of the days for required new graduate student orientations, students are involved every weekday from 9 am – 5 pm working in the core facilities.  This gives them experience in our Protein Expression, X-Ray Crystallography, Computer Resources and Physical Biochemistry Facilities. More information about the individual labs can also be found on the Core Facilities page.

The workshop includes both lecture on theory and hands-on training in the various facilities. Since students come with different scientific backgrounds, this series of workshops allows  the opportunity to learn new skills and polish old ones. Students become familiar with the equipment and core lab space so that they feel more comfortable when they begin to use them during their rotations.

Directors from the Core Facilities plan activities and experiments with lots of one-on-one interaction. Students can feel free to ask questions about procedures and the way things are done in the particular labs.

2023 MOB Bootcamp Schedule (will be posted soon!)

Example of Bootcamp Workshop Details:

Protein Crystallization and X-Ray Crystallography Workshop

Specialized Training for Advanced Graduate Students

Students are routinely trained on the equipment employed in their research. However, at the request of several graduate students, any facility director will design advanced individualized workshops on any of the equipment and procedures used in the Core Facilities labs. Students can also ask for training on equipment that has not been part of their research effort, so that they will graduate having experience on a wide variety of equipment.

Updated: July 2023

Core Facility Contacts
Computer Resources Facility 
Director: Dr. Michael Zawrotny
Phone: 850-644-0069
Maillist: IMBPeople
Location: KLB 415
Physical Biochemistry Facility
Director: Dr. Peter Randolph
Phone: 850-644-5147
Location: KLB 311-318
Protein Expression Facility
Director: Dr. Gwimoon Seo
Phone: 850-644-1421
Location: KLB 312 Suite
X-Ray Facility
Director: Dr. T. "Soma"sundaram
Phone: 850-644-6448
Location: KLB 410-413
Core Facility RRID: SCR_017922
Common Equipment Labs
Contact: Rick Wang 850-645-3309
Machine Shop & Building Maintenance
Contact: Currently vacant