Notice: The LSBI is currently CLOSED due to the ongoing health and safety concerns with COVID-19. Please contact Assistant Director Justin Smolen if you have any questions.
The Laboratory for Synthetic-Biologic Interactions (LSBI) is a research facility housed in the Department of Chemistry. The LSBI is designed to be a multi-user laboratory supporting major research initiatives within the Chemistry Department, the university and extending to the broader academic and industrial scientific communities. Fifteen instruments are currently available on a fee-for-use basis, and others may be made available on case-by-case considerations.
The following instruments are all available on a fee-for-use basis:
|Viscometry||ATS Rheosystems||Black Pearl||$20/h||$35/h|
|In Vivo Imaging System*||Bruker||Xtreme 4MP||$45/h||$60/h|
|Dynamic Light Scattering||Malvern||Zetasizer Nano ZS||$20/h||$35/h|
|Zeta Potential Measurement*||Malvern||Zetasizer Nano ZS||$45/h||$60/h|
|Raman Spectroscopy||B&W Tek||i-Raman||$20/h||$35/h|
|Fluorescence Spectroscopy||Horiba||FluoroMax 4P||$20/h||$35/h|
|Multi-Mode Microplate Reader||Molecular Devices||SpectraMax M5||$20/h||$35/h|
|Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy (spec only)||Picoquant||FluoTime 100||$20/h||$35/h|
|DMA||Mettler Toledo||DMA 1||$20/h||$35/h|
|Confocal (including FLIM)*||Olympus||FV 1000||$45/h||$60/h|
The LSBI rates are the result of a rate study of user facilities at similar universities within the US and are prorated from a subsidized rate of $66/h.
*Note: Users from the Department of Chemistry will be granted a $7 per hour contribution on charges for high-rate instruments.
Other universities, nonprofits or government agencies
For profit industry use
Any questions regarding instrument fees should be directed toward the LSBI Director, Professor Karen Wooley.
Once a PI establishes an LSBI account, members of his/her laboratory can contact the LSBI administrative staff to create an FOM profile. In the initial email contact, please copy your supervisor and provide a list of the following information:
Desired log in name:
First and last name:
Preferred email address:
Instruments for which training is requested:
Once an account is established we will send you a temporary password, which you can change by going to the My Profile tab on the left side of the page following your first log in. Your user level on the requested instruments will initially be set to “To Be Trained”. Once training is completed, with an authorized trainer for each instrument, your user level will be changed as is appropriate.
After your FOM profile has been created please contact the appropriate personnel for training. This can be done by going to the LSBI home page and locating the instrument you are interested in under the Instruments tab. On the page for each instrument the contact for training is listed. Please note that training will not be scheduled until an FOM account has been established and your status has been set to “To Be Trained”.
If you have further questions regarding use of the LSBI please contact the LSBI administrative staff directly.
The LSBI provides instrumentation and consulting services that address the needs of the TAMU teaching and research community, related to materials science and the interaction of new materials (polymeric, organic, inorganic, etc.) with biological systems. To facilitate interdisciplinary interactions we have established the following policy regarding acknowledgement of LSBI contributions.
LSBI users who have incorporated data obtained from LSBI resources into publications and presentations should acknowledge the LSBI facilities and personnel who contributed. The LSBI recognizes that samples and all research materials involved in these investigations are the property of the Principal Investigator (PI), who serves as the responsible individual representing the University on funded projects. Just as the intellectual property at the heart of the investigation may be owned by the PI, so the ideas for new methods developed by the LSBI staff may be the intellectual property of the Technical Staff, to be used with their authorization. In many cases, techniques will be developed as the result of joint efforts.
Publication of these different facets should be discussed among all involved parties, and can be published together or separately as appropriate. We ask all LSBI users to recognize and respect the contributions of the LSBI either by authorship or acknowledgement as is appropriate. Cases of disagreement or potential conflict arising from involving the LSBI facilities will be resolved through the Office of the Vice-President for Research in consultation with the Director of the LSBI, or an ad hoc committee of their choosing.
Research carried out in part or in full using LSBI facilities will fall into one of three categories, with services and/or contributions requiring the following acknowledgements:
If you have any questions regarding our acknowledgements policy please contact us at LSBI@chem.tamu.edu.
Upon acceptance of your publication acknowledging the LSBI, please send the complete citation to the LSBI administration.
Please direct all questions regarding LSBI billing to the billing manager, Mr. Justin Smolen. All bills are generated on a monthly basis, with a billing period starting on the 1st of each month and ending on the last day of the month. Bills are submitted to the Chemistry department business office by the 5th of each month. All billing disputes will be handled by the billing manger in partner with the LSBI administration.