Thayumanasamy Somasundaram


XRF is now in Phase 4 of COVID-19 Ramp-up, all XRF instrument can be used by contacting me via e-mail. I am in my office most of the time. Consult the XRF COVID-19 Ramp-up Document for more details.

Welcome! XRF is in Phase-4 since Aug 24, 2020, and I am in my office most of them time. 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. I train 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 Maker (s/w), Rock Imager 01, Formulator 16, and Rumed Incubator, and facilitates the X-ray data collection at synchrotron beam lines at theNational 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. Revised 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. Due to COVID-19 there will be no YSP IRS in 2020 and Boot Camp is deferred to a later start date.

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 upcoming one in 2020 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 in 2016  simple robotic imager and demonstrated it for 96-3 plates and cell culture 96-0 well plates (ver-1 and ver-2). 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. 2019 FSU-ITS Voice of Community Video. In 2020, I started ARA 1120 and will continue with ARA 1121.

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