The instrumentation within all of the core facilities is delicate and very expensive. When an instrument in operated improperly or is out of order, it affects all users. The Institute strives to keep costs as low as possible to support research efforts. Repairs and service contracts are extremely expensive, but if every user exercises proper care and attention when using equipment, these costs are minimized.
The concept of shared resources is important in other ways. For example, it is important to be considerate to the needs of other users to reserve equipment only for periods when it is truly needed so that other users can use our resources equally. We are fortunate to have an excellent set of core facilities at the UCR campus with access to equipment and services that enable research. These facilities belong to all of us, and your participation is essential to maintain the best services and equipment and meet our future research needs as well.
If there is any uncertainty as to whether something is misaligned, broken, dirty, or not performing as it should please contact the appropriate Academic Coordinator or the Academic Administrator as soon as possible so that problems can be dealt with quickly.
These are laboratories, so please refrain from bringing food, water or gum into instrument labs.
To keep systems virus and malware-free, leave them disconnected from the network and do not expose them to any suspect files or programs. No internet surfing; no personal email.
SECURITY IS CRITICAL. The IIGB has many high value items including scientific equipment and computers. It is also a highly trafficked area, especially after hours. This makes our facilities more vulnerable to theft and sabotage. It is the responsibility of all users to be sure that exit doors to the building and the appropriate Core facilities are closed and locked after use. Replacement after theft or malicious intent can be extremely costly, impacting all campus users.
All users must be trained by the Academic Coordinator or other Core staff directly, not by other users, prior to using equipment at a Core Facility. If you are already experienced at using an instrument, you still need to confirm with the Academic Coordinator that you can handle the instrument correctly; then learn local operating procedures in a supervised session before using an instrument on your own.
To request training, please contact the appropriate Academic Coordinator and provide a valid FAU (full accounting unit) number for subsequent billing of equipment usage. This number can be obtained from the principal investigator in your lab. An academic coordinator will contact you regarding your training/equipment usage request and training requirements.
If you have already completed an online personal profile form, please view the IIGB Calendar for information regarding upcoming workshops and procedures for enrollment.
For MSDS chemical safety information, a computer in the Microscopy Core (Room 1005) is networked. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available at www.actiocms.com/chemquik by searching the chemical name. The room is also equipped with a printer.
In addition, several computers in the Genomics Core (Room 2016) with printers are available to access MSDS information.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
Biohazard waste including genetically modified organisms need to be contained and disposed of properly. You know what you work with and how it should be handled, so please take it back to your own lab and dispose of it there.
The same holds true for chemical wastes that you may generate. For wastes generated by the screening of chemical libraries, it is the user’s responsibility for disposal according to Environmental Health and Safety guidelines.
Biological materials used in chemical library screening in which pin tools (0.2 ml) are used for chemical transfer may be treated as biohazard waste and autoclaved.
If you are uncertain about how to dispose of wastes you generate while working at IIGB facilities, contact the appropriate Academic Coordinator or the Academic Administrator.
DATA STORAGE AND MANAGEMENT
Although for some instruments, IIGB Core facilities may maintain backups of data for operational purposes, the core facilities are not responsible for your data. Users must manage their instrument time, so that they are able to save data to flash drives or burn CDs and delete older data before their session ends.
All equipment will have clearly labeled folders for user data. Users must save their data in a clearly named folder, which should not exceed 100 megabytes in size. If there is a memory shortage, the largest user files will be deleted first. Although we will try to inform users of any data deletion, it is ultimately the responsibility of users to save and manage their own data.
Be aware that some systems run on Windows NT or 98, which lack support of USB memory devices. There are loaner zip discs available for transferring data to XP computers.
In the Microscopy Core, CDs and paper sleeves are provided for burning data generated in that facility. In the Genomics Core, USB ports are available for all commonly-used instruments.
IIGB provides support leading to publications and grants. In order to gauge our effectiveness, and ultimately to expand our services to you, it is important that you acknowledge the use of the facilities and expertise in your publications and grants.
All published images acquired at this facility should be cited as follows in the Acknowledgements:
Images were generated at the Microscopy Core/Center for Plant Cell Biology at the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology at the University of California, Riverside.
All published sequence, gene expression or other results facilitated by the Genomics Core should be cited as follows or similarly in Acknowledgements:
DNA sequencing/quantitative PCR/Microarray data were generated by the Genomics Core at the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology at the University of California, Riverside.
All published protein sequences, protein modifications, and related mass spectra data should be cited as follows in Acknowledgements:
Proteomics and mass spectrometry experiments were conducted at the W. M. Keck Proteomics Laboratory/Center for Plant Cell Biology at the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology at the University of California, Riverside.
All published analysis results and computational tool development projects facilitated by the staff and/or the computational resources in the bioinformatics core should be cited as follows or similarly in Acknowledgments:
The data analysis (or modeling, software design, web, database development, etc.) was performed in the Bioinformatics Core/Center for Plant Cell Biology at the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology at the University of California, Riverside.
If research conducted in any of the Core Instrumentation Facilities results in published works, please provide a pdf file so that we can start building a knowledge base of local expertise. If you get a cover page, we would be happy to frame it and put it on display. This information is essential in order to obtain resources for future support of your research.
If you obtain a grant in which IIGB facilities or expertise is cited, it is crucial that you let us know and provide a cover page, so that we can track our contributions to your success. This information is essential in order to obtain resources for future support of your research.