Thayumanasamy Somasundaram

2016_TS_700x700Welcome!  I am [aka Soma] the Director and Senior Research Associate (12 month non-tenured faculty) of the IMB X-Ray Facility specializing in macromolecular single crystal X-ray diffraction at Kasha Laboratory, Institute of Molecular BiophysicsFlorida State University, Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida 32306-4380. I train and teach students how to collect and analyze macromolecular X-ray diffraction data using both home and synchrotron x-ray sources. IMB XRF (see historic photos and data) 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.

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 summer I train YSP high school students. I am a co-author on several peer-reviewed publications. I have been involved in FSU Scientific Equipment Portal since 2012 and our team won the 2017 Prudential (Davis) Productivity Award for the work and we were an exhibitor at 2018 Discovery on Parade and attended ABRF 2018.

I have organized Pittcon Conferee Networking Events about Funding for mid-size equipment (2016 in Atlanta, GA) and Core Facility Opportunities and Challenges (2018 in Orlando, FL) and presented poster about the robotic microscope ver-1 and ver-2 at PITTCON and at FSU 2016 DigiTech. I am a member of the Florida Core Network  and a member of Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities. In 2016, I was selected as the Treasurer for Southeastern Association of Shared Resources. The  sixth SEASR meeting will be held in Atlanta at Emory Conference Center, GA, Jun 27-29, 2018. I have designed and 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. Version-2 of the robot is now being tested.

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