PEL Staff Together for the First Time

Man working with instruments

Troy Taylor adjusts the steam pressure on the manifold that provides pharmaceutical air, chilled water, steam, oxygen, and other gases to the bioreactors in PEL’s fermentation laboratory.

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

John-Paul Denson and Troy Taylor of the Protein Expression Laboratory (PEL) used to pack liters of Escherichia coli lysates on ice, put them in the back of a microvan, and drive across campus to deliver the samples for protein purification.

Now that all PEL staff members are working under the same roof at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), transferring samples is just a walk down the hall. Staff members were previously spread out in five buildings across the Fort Detrick campus.


Dedicated Space

Floor plans for partner space.

The three-story, 330,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Research Facility has nearly 40,000 square feet designated as partnership space (shown in blue) for co-location of collaborators from industry, academia, nonprofit sectors, and other government agencies. The partnership space, combined with multiple conference rooms and meeting areas, encourages both internal and external collaborations.


Conference Space More Than Doubles at ATRF

Woman at monitors.

Tammy Miller, conference center technician, in the control room of the ATRF conference center.

By Ken Michaels, Staff Writer

The opening of the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) conference center more than doubles the amount of meeting space now available at the Frederick National Laboratory.


ATRF Houses the Latest DNA Sequencing Technologies

Tecnicians working at sequencers

Teri Plona places a protective shield on the Roche 454. Arati Raziuddin and Viktoriya Grinberg prepare samples in the background.

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

By the end of October, the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) will be one of the few facilities in the world to house all of the latest DNA sequencing technologies.


Move Affords Many Advantages to EML

People at a microscope

Sarah Anderson, EML research technician (seated) and Ulrich Baxa, EML director, check scanning results from the atomic force microscope (shown in the background). Girija Chaubey, scientist, Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory, is operating the microscope.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

Ulrich Baxa, Ph.D., director of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory (EML), enjoys finally having his staff all in one place.

“Our lab is now all in one location, as compared to our previous situation, with two different locations,” he said. “This will make daily work much easier, in particular for me since I am able to have an office next to the other EML staff.”


Single Location Key to NCL's Operation

Technicians using microscopes.

Jamie Rodriguez, research associate, NCL, uses an inverted phase contrast microscope to visualize a specific type of cell in culture. To the right of the microscope is an automated cell counter, which captures the number of cells she is viewing. Lydia Perkins, NCL summer intern, works at a laminar flow hood in the background.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

For the first time, the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL) is under one roof, as a result of their move to the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF).  The move is expected to streamline their work as well as provide greater opportunities for collaboration with other researchers, both internal and external.