University of Toledo unveils Genetic Analysis Instrumentation Center

The new Genetic Analysis Instrumentation Center was toured Thursday evening (WNWO).

The University of Toledo unveiled some brand new technology Thursday.

The new Women and Philanthropy Genetic Analysis Instrumentation Center is giving students and staff an opportunity to accelerate their disease prevention and research.

"It's a high throughput center that takes what we used to do in four days and compresses it into four hours," said Assistant Professor of Medicine, David Kennedy.

Thanks to nearly $60,000 of funding from Women & Philanthropy at the University of Toledo, medical school students like Robin Su now can get real life experience and help fight disease.

Su came from Cleveland as a professional violinist before attending UT, and entertained the attendees of the grand opening.

"It's great. It saves us a lot of time. It automates everything so that everything is repeatable. So it gives us a lot of time to pursue other experiments, as well."

The brand new genetic analysis instrumentation center was unveiled on Thursday.

"To be honest, it's like Christmas around here," said Assistant Professor of Medicine, Steven Haller.

What the new facility does for medical students and staff at the University of Toledo is it allows them to research more items, more rapidly.

With another $45,000 from the German company, Qiagen, toward instruments, they can now process 192 biological samples at the same time.

This will lead to hopefully detecting and preventing diseases like heart disease, or even cancer.

"For example, if you wanted to analyze a tumor, now with this technology, you could do it so much faster and look at hundreds of genes instead of just one gene at a time. So that will definitely help with that aspect of our research," stated Haller.

One major aspects of the facility is getting the students ready for the real world.

"The students now have access to absolutely state of the art technology. This is going to help them, not only in their own research projects, but also down the road when they go into industry or academia, that they will have learned on the best and the greatest state of the art instrumentation," exclaimed Kennedy.

The nearly $60,000 grant donated to the university was the largest amount ever donated by a volunteer organization that supports UT initiatives.

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