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. I am a co-author on several peer-reviewed publications. A PO number and line number are required for all services at XRF. 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 and Formulator 16, and facilitates the X-ray data collection at synchrotron beam lines at Advanced Photon Source and National Synchrotron Light Source-II.

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,  2018 Boot Camp | Schedule] is part of the Core Facilities Training Workshop.  During summer I sponsor two YSP high school students’ IRPs.

I am a Board Member of the Southeastern Association of Shared Resources a chapter of  Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities. I co-organized the sixth SEASR meeting  in Atlanta at Emory Conference Center, GA, Jun 27-29, 2018. I have organized PITTCON Conferee Networking Events about Funding for mid-size equipment and Core Facility Opportunities and Challenges. 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 and FSU 2017 Life Sciences Symposium. 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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