A collaboration between researchers from the Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease and various schools within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences has been awarded $39,951.20 for the purchase of an Agilent TapeStation Instrument. The TapeStation is a microfluidics platform for sizing, quantitation and quality control of DNA and RNA. It is especially critical for those researchers in the next generation sequencing field as it quality controls sample and library integrity before critical steps in the sequencing library preparation workflow.
The instrument will be used to facilitate a wide range of research primarily relating to genetics but also to microbiology and immunology. The research using this equipment ultimately aims to benefit those suffering from complex common diseases, including people with neuropsychiatric disorders, pre-term birth, mesothelioma, preeclampsia, cardiovascular disease, melanoma, and other complex common diseases which affect a large proportion of the population at a high cost of care.
The chief investigators on the application were:
- Winthrop Professor Eric Moses, Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease
- Winthrop Professor Lawrence Abraham, formerly School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, now School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- Associate Professor Craig Pennell, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health
- Winthrop Professor Assen Jablensky, Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry
- Professor Jeff Keelan, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health
- Professor Jenette Creaney, School of Medicine and Pharmacology
- Winthrop Professor David Wood, Orthopaedic Surgery
- Assistant Professor Matthew Kemp, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health
- Associate Professor Phillip Melton, Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease
- Assistant Professor Matthew Payne, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health
Winthrop Professor Eric Moses
Dr Tegan McNab