LabConnect Donates Scientific-Grade Freezer to CIIDI
LabConnect, an international laboratory and scientific operations company with a local site in Johnson City, Tennessee, has made an in-kind gift to the Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity (CIIDI) of a scientific-grade deep freezer. The large freezer was delivered to the ETSU campus and will be housed in Dr. Jonathan Petersons lab in the College of Public Health. The new freezer will replace an aging unit currently in the lab.
LabConnect is biorepository industry leader known for providing central laboratory services to academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and health care organizations. Their work in managing biologic samples helps ensure quality research can occur throughout the health care field.
Doug King, a consultant for LabConnect, stated, I am delighted we could do this for the university. LabConnects goal is to be a good community partner and facilitate scientists working in translational medicine and discovery research with ready access to lab samples.
King thinks that donating this equipment is one way that LabConnect can help ETSU maintain their research excellence. King also hopes that this donation is only the first step in building a strong relationship between ETSU and LabConnect. He sees a future where eventually LabConnect will start offering part-time laboratory positions to ETSU graduate and under-graduate students pursuing degrees in related science fields and help with placement after graduation.
Greg Forgey, Darius Chambers, and Lawrence Fields, all of LabConnect, were also on hand to assist ETSU staff and faculty with the transportation and installation of the freezer in Dr. Petersons lab in Lamb Hall.
Dr. Peterson, a CIIDI member, plans to use the new freezer in his work on his newest NIH grant examining proteins associated with fatty liver disease, among multiple other projects. The freezer will be used primarily for sample storage and tissue banking. When biological samples are taken they must be stored in a minus 80 degree freezer for long-term storage. Having access to these preserved samples gives Dr. Peterson the ability conduct long-term follow-up investigations on previous research and conduct new research built on previous work.