Take FASEB’s Shared Research Resources Survey and share your perspective as a user or provider!

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) wants to learn about your experiences with shared research resources. Please complete this survey by March 2, 2017.

The questions in this 10-15 minutes survey focus on the following topics: (1) resource utilization and unmet needs; (2) the role of facilities in providing access to resources; (3) sources of funding and support for resources; (4) careers in resource provision and development as well as training on best practices. Your feedback will help inform FASEB’s policy positions and recommendations.

Please share this survey link widely with other biological researchers! FASEB is collecting responses from resource users and providers in the US. Survey link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3244931/FASEB-s-Shared-Research-Resources-Survey

ABRF Launches Annual Biomolecular Research Laboratory Census

abrf_2016_surveySubmitted by:  Christopher Colangelo

From 1989 to 2000, ABRF conducted and published 12 surveys on job Compensation and Employment in the biotechnology core laboratory. These surveys had a major impact on helping scientists, administrators, and NIH to promote the growth of core laboratory worldwide. As a way to continue this rich tradition, the current ABRF Executive Board and I have developed and relaunched an industry-wide Annual Biomolecular Research Laboratory Census.

The goal of this census is to learn about salary and employment trends in the biomolecular research laboratory marketplace, both non- and for-profit. The confidential census data will provide respondents the ability to benchmark their biomolecular research laboratory against others, both now and in the future, as well as help ABRF strengthen professional opportunities and employment-related incentives for biotechnology resource facilities. Census results will be made available to the industry via a peer reviewed research article and on the ABRF website.

Participation in this census is voluntary and we anticipate the census will take only 5-7 minutes to complete. We aim to collect data from as many research labs as possible and 100% participation from our current ABRF membership. Respondent identities will remain strictly confidential and all information will be analyzed in aggregate.

To participate in the census, please click HERE. The initial deadline for completing the census is June 15.

Leadership and Management in Core Facilities – Course Offering at Northwestern University

Northwestern University’s business school (Kellogg School of Management) is pleased to announce that its second annual “Leadership and Management in Core Facilities” course will be taught on November 16-19, 2015, in Chicago.

This four day executive education program is designed specifically for directors, managers and business administrators overseeing core facilities. The program was developed to enhance participants’ ability to think strategically and address the unique challenges of operating a small business within a non-profit environment.

Topics to be covered include defining your value proposition, pricing strategies, managerial accounting, marketing, team building, how to use social networks, and innovation.

Each topic is taught by a Kellogg faculty member who is a world-class expert in that field. During the course, participants will form teams and develop “applied learning projects” that will enable them to implement something new into their core facility that they learned about in the course.

Course registration is limited to the first 25 applicants, and registration is online – https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.kellogg.northwestern.edu_execed_nonprofitprograms_np-2Dcore.aspx-23Ctab-5F2&d=BQIBAg&c=P0c35rBvlN7D8BNx7kSJTg&r=6W3WuyA4b9wmmWx_zL10i-pPHTEcDlnUPPywP_o5X1s&m=w53NwpJSBx8yg3flBHm89cncVKjXFm3umTNTabIVhHc&s=nbb7W-1ulzOlKw-2iB7r7wpFaau1GXhfpXchrn95rvs&e=

If you have questions, please contact Phil Hockberger (p-hockberger@northwestern.edu<mailto:p-hockberger@northwestern.edu>).

ABRF 2015 Program Highlights and Features

The ABRF 2015 Program Committee is proud to announce a few highlights for the 26th Annual Meeting being hosted in St. Louis, MO beginning on Saturday, March 28th.

Check out the pre-conference workshops! Don’t miss the opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn the latest from the experts. There is something for everybody! The first workshop, “Experimental Design and Sample Collection: Best Practices for Metabolomics and Proteomics”, will focus on identifying sample collection methods that may be more compatible for ‘omics technologies.

The second workshop, “Image Processing and Analysis with open Source FIJI/ImageJ”, will be highly interactive, with exercises following each topic. It will focus on workflows for specific biological assays with some detail on the underlying image processing steps.

And last but not least, the third workshop “Next Generation Sequencing of Microbial Communities”, will focus on many of the current strategies being applied to microbial community analysis in regards to project design, sequencing execution, and analysis utilizing QIIME. Remember to register early to ensure your seat!

Each of these workshops will be featured on Saturday, March 28th.  Be sure to register early as these events fill up quickly!  More information about these satellite workshops and details on registration can be found at http://conf.abrf.org/workshops.


The 2015 ABRF Conference Program also features 6 different tracks for attendees to follow or design their own itinerary.  Featured tracks include: Administrative, Imaging,       Proteomics, Genomics, MultiTrack, Research Group Topics.  Below are a few highlights from some of the featured tracks.  Be sure to visit our Conference website for more details and information on each offering.  http://conf.abrf.org/program


  • Cost analysis and rate setting
  • Lean enterprise practices in the operation of cores
  • Building a sustainable portfolio of core facilities
  • Inter-core partnerships
  • Trending core business challenges and how to overcome them.


  • Single-cell genomics
  • Fast and low cost NGS sample preparation
  • Metagenomics
  • Large-Scale RNA-Seq analysis, normalization and Interpretation
  • Gene Editing

The Metagenomics content of the program is strong and starts with our distinguished plenary speaker, Susannah Green Tringe, PhD, from the Joint Genome Institute.  There is also a metagenomics scientific session led by Samantha Joye, University of Georgia and a Metagenomics Research Group presentation.  The meeting content is complimented by Saturday’s Satellite Workshop: Next-Generation Sequencing of Microbial Communities: Strategies for Project Design, Execution and QIIME Analysis.

Imaging track:

  • Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM)
  • Sample Clearing Methods
  • Challenging Sample Preparations
  • Watching Biology in Action – Live Cell Imaging
  • Live Cell Imaging Tips and Tools
  • New Horizons for Light Microscopy

The imaging track team is also excited about our plenary speaker, John Condeelis, a leader in the field of in vivo imaging. And we are thrilled that the ABRF award is going to go to John White and Brad Amos, who developed confocal microscopy. This last part is a bit tricky, because the award has not been officially announced, and I wouldn’t want the blog to be the first place.

Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry:

  • Antibody Discovery and Characterization
  • Top-down Sequencing of Intact Proteins
  • Single Cell Mass Spectrometry
  • Quantitative Proteomics
  • Metabolomics

We are also excited about our plenary speaker, Daniel Liebler, an internationally recognized expert in proteomics and cancer research.

Other Tracks of Interest:

  • Bioinformatics Cores as a Business
  • Use of Galaxy in multiple frameworks
  • Setting up References in a Clinical Lab
  • Antibody Validation for ChIP- Seq Applications
  • Education and Instrument Standardization in Flow Cytometry


Shared Facility/Core Acknowledgement Importance Recognized by Editor in Attendance at NERLSCD

A recent article written by Nathan Blow, PhD and Editor of Biotechniqes was inspired by his attendance and discussion with attendees at the NERLSCD 2014 ABRF Chapter meeting this past year that was held in Albany, New York.   BioTechniques: The International Journal of Life Science Methods is now employing a new policy regarding shared facilities in publications.  Leading this effort is important since acknowledgement of Shared/Core Facilities can be commonly overlooked by Investigators that use these centralized facilities to conduct their research. The importance of recognizing work that has been completed within these facilities provides reference to the individuals within the facilities that performed the work, adds value to the Institutions in which the work was performed, and can have an impact on grant funding for the respective Institution, its researchers, and Shared/Core facilities.

Increasing Acknowledgement Awareness

Some facilities have been successful with implementing steps to increase acknowledgements or attributions of their hard work within publications.  For most Investigators it is not a matter of excluding a facility on purpose but rather a mere oversight.  Gentle reminders from Shared/Core Facilities directly to Investigators that utilize their shared facilities can be helpful in gaining traction and cultivating an understanding of importance to reference Shared/Core Facilities within their publications.  Ryan Duggan, Technical Director of the Flow Cytometry Facility at the University of Chicago recently stated that in his facility:

I have filters set up on PubMed and other scientific publication search engines that send me notifications when various keywords associated with my core (cytometry, flow cytometry, FACS, etc…) and my institution (University of Chicago) pop up in a publication. A summary of all publications come to me weekly (as needed). I go through the publications to ensure the work was done in my core according to the person who published the paper and the methods described. Next I send an email congratulating the first author and copying his/her PI on their publication. If they did acknowledge the core, I thank them and tell them how much it means to the core to be recognized in this way. If they did not acknowledge the core, I ask them to remember to do so in the future as it means a lot to the core to be acknowledged. You pretty much have to do this only once per PI and then they get the message loud and clear.

Many Institutions are taking a closer glance at how to implement better awareness and in some cases, policies, around the importance of acknowledging Shared/Core Facilities in Publications.  However, the leading applause in this effort goes to Nathan Blow for setting such precedence with his journal Biotechniques by implementing a new procedure for article submissions.  Lets hope that this effort continues to proliferate through journals alike!