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.


Building Design Fosters Partnerships

Two men standing in front of a building.

Standing in front of the visitors’ entrance at the Advanced Technology Research Facility are Craig Reynolds, NCI associate director (left), and Dave Heimbrook, SAIC-Frederick chief executive officer. Public–private partnerships will “advance science, technology, and drug development, which should directly benefit the patients living with cancer and AIDS,” Heimbrook said.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The physical space of the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) is designed to encourage collaborations, both internal and external. Of the 330,000 square feet of space at the new facility, nearly 40,000 have been set aside for collaborations between the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) and outside partners in an arrangement that brings together scientists and specialists from government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit sectors in support of the research of NCI.


The Wait Is Over

new building

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

At a March 2010 gathering at the construction site of the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), Craig Reynolds, Ph.D., associate director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), noted that the facility would be a place where public–private partnerships will produce the next generation of diagnostics and treatments for cancer and AIDS. The completion of the facility, he said, “is anticipated by the 1.5 million Americans who get cancer every year….They anxiously await this construction” (News & Views, April 2010, page 3).


ATRF Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Coincides with Chamber of Commerce Centennial Gala

People cutting a ribbon.

From left, U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, NCI Deputy Director for Management John Czajkowski, and SAIC Corporate CEO John Jumper prepare to cut the ribbon at the ATRF on May 21.

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, NCI Deputy Director for Management John Czajkowski, and SAIC Corporate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Jumper were joined by representatives of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce in cutting the ribbon for the National Cancer Institute’s Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF).


Genetics Research Discovered in a Bestseller

man holding book and aritcle.

Amar Klar holds the novel in which his research on yeast genetics was accurately described by the author, who is not a scientist and has never even met Klar. In his right hand, Klar holds a photo of himself that was taken in 1979 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he performed the research.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

One morning in early January, Amar Klar sat down at his computer and found an e-mail with a curious message from a colleague.

While reading a bestselling novel, The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, his colleague, a professor at Princeton University, found a description of research on yeast genetics that was surprisingly similar to Klar’s early research. Even the laboratory in the novel was reminiscent of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where Klar had conducted his research.