We are availing ourselves of the collegial environment on the fourth floor in the Reynolds Medical Building of the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. MPIM laboratories are sharing common equipment, autoclave/washing room, cold rooms, and warm rooms. We have weekly departmental seminars where distinguished invited speakers give a seminar and discuss their novel scientific discoveries. Internally, we also have Research in Progress seminar series where active research data and ideas are shared by staffs, fellows and students. The department hosts a happy hour with beer and wine to exchange research ideas in relaxed atmosphere and facilitate our collaborative environment.
In addition to shared equipment among neighboring labs, our laboratory has access to the shared equipment at the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology. Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Health Science Center have numerous state-of-the-art core facilities, which satisfy most of our researchers’ needs. Furthermore, as a member laboratory of Center for Translational Environmental Health Research, we have access to the impressive core facility including quantitative biology, advanced imaging, integrated health sciences, targeted genomics, and other core facility. Part of our animal colony are housed in Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine (TIGM), where the world’s largest collection of murine embryonic stem cell clones from the OmniBank I and II ES cell libraries are stored and mutant animal models are efficiently generated using proprietary knockout technologies at low cost for Texas A&M researchers. Clinical samples are available through laboratories at Texas A&M Health Science Center or other institutions at the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world consisting of 21 hospitals and over 50 institutions including 4 medical schools; Texas A&M College of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.