Welcome! 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 Biophysics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida. I train and teach students how to collect and analyze macromolecular X-ray diffraction data using both home and synchrotron x-ray sources. I am a co-author on several peer-reviewed publications. IMB XRF (see historic photos and data) also provides crystal screening service for proteins with the help of ARI Crystal Gryphon robot, Formulatrix Rock Imager 1, Formulator 16, and Rumed Incubator, and facilitates the X-ray data collection at synchrotron beam lines at Advanced Photon Source and National Synchrotron Light Source-II. All services at XRF are provided for a fee. A purchase order and line number are required before services are rendered. New fees went into effect on Jul 01, 2019.
During the fall semester, I train all the in-coming MOB 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 [2019 Boot Camp | Syllabus | Schedule] is part of the Core Facilities Training Workshop. During summer I sponsor two YSP high school students’ IRPs.
I am the current President of the Southeastern Association of Shared Resources a chapter of Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities. I have co-organized several SEASR meetings including the one in 2019 at Atlanta at Emory Conference Center, GA. I am a member of the Editorial Board of Cell Press’s Star Protocol. I have been a organizer of PITTCON Conferee Networking Events about Funding for mid-size equipment and Core Facility Opportunities and Challenges. My colleague and I have designed and built simple robotic imager and demonstrated it for 96-3 plates in 01/13/2016 and cell culture 96-0 well plates on 02/22/16 (ver-1 and ver-2). 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. 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.
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