Dr. Lars Tomanek, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to host a five-day workshop on proteomics (the study of proteins). Twelve participants will gain hands-on experience in the methodology involved in proteomic analysis and will attain an in-depth understanding of how the protein structures in organisms change due to environmental stress.
The workshop will take place December 10-14 in the Environmental Proteomics Laboratory at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Participants, who include professors and graduate students from across the nation, will learn how to separate proteins by their charge, quantify proteins by their molecular mass, and use 2D gel- electrophoresis and mass spectrometry to identify proteins. Attendees will be able to analyze their own samples, generate their own data set, and will be exposed to the various tools that facilitate the interpretation of their results.
In addition to the $35,000 NSF grant, the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) and BioRad provided funding for the program which will allow participants to initiate several new proteomics projects and help build a larger community around environmental proteomics.