Welcome! I am [aka Soma] the Director of the IMB X-Ray Facility specializing in macromolecular X-ray diffraction at Kasha Laboratory, Institute of Molecular Biophysics. My official designation is Senior Research Associate (12 month non-tenured faculty) at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida 32306-4380. I have been associated with FSU since mid 1993 and the X-Ray Facility since its inception in late 1993.
I am responsible for training and teaching students how to collect and analyze macromolecular X-ray diffraction data using both home and synchrotron x-ray sources. I also manage the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the X-Ray Facility hardware and software (see historic photos and data of XRF) . Since summer 2013, I maintain two powder x-ray diffraction equipment: Rigaku Ultima III w/ Mercury CCD and PANalytical X-Pert Pro Powder at CSL 1011. I serve as a safety liaison for Kasha Lab and coordinate with FSU Safety Office. I helped host the Caspar Structural Biology Symposium [Photos] in Jan 2017 at FSU CSL Auditorium.
IMB X-Ray Facility also provides crystal screening service for proteins with the help of ARI Crystal Gryphon robot, and facilitates the X-ray data collection at SER-CAT beam line in Advanced Photon Source at the Argonne National Lab. Fast and accurate imaging of crystal screen 96-3 and 96-2 plates are facilitated by IMB designed home built simple robotic imager which was demonstrated for 96-3 plates in 01/13/2016 and cell culture 96-0 well plates on 02/22/16. The single axis version’s proof of concept has been shown on 07/18/2016. I presented both dual and mono axis robot work at 2016 ACA Denver Meeting and FSU 2017 Life Sciences Symposium.
During the fall semester, I train the in-coming graduate students the practical aspects of macromolecular crystallization and x-ray diffraction data collection. The three week training, XRF Protein Crystallization & X-Ray Diffraction Workshop [aka, 2017 Boot Camp | Schedule] is part of the Core Facilities Training Workshop. During the summer, I work with the Department of Biological Science’s six-week residential science and mathematics Young Scholars Program. I am a co-author on several peer-reviewed publications. I have organized a Conferee Networking Event about Funding for mid-size equipment at 2016 PITTCON in Atlanta, GA and presented a poster about the robotic microscope at PITTCON and at FSU 2016 DigiTech. I am a member of the Florida Core Network and organized the Florida Core Network Event 3 on Aug 11, 2016 at FSU and a member of Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities. In 2016 I have been selected as the Treasurer for Southeastern Association of Shared Resources. I have been involved in FSU Scientific Equipment Portal since 2012 and in 2016 we have made lots of progress.
Updated: April 24, 2017.
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