News & Events

New AKTA chromatography systems

January 2021

Two new AKTA chromatography systems have been installed at RPF on level 3: one AKTA Go and one AKTA Start. The AKTA Go has the newly launched F-9T fraction collector, capable of collecting purified fractions into deep well plates, microplates and small tubes. It is the first of its kind to be purchased and installed in Australia. The AKTA Start is a great addition to the lab as it is compact and easy to use, ideally suited to new users at the RPF.

The RPF has now 6 AKTAs to support your research:1 AKTA purifier, 1 AKTA explorer, 2 AKTA start, 1 AKTA Go and 1 AKTA Pure.

New AKTA Go and AKTA start machines

 

 

Cell Disruptor

February 2020

The newly purchased Cell Disruptor (Constant Systems LTD) is operational and located in the labs on level 3. The machine is used to lyse cells and is capable of processing many sample types such as bacteria, yeast and algae. A video of how it works can be seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bqcy3ExKeg&feature=youtu.be

 

cell disruptor image

 

Prometheus NT.48 Arrival

December 2019

The Prometheus instrument has arrived in the labs on level 3. This instrument can be used to determine the stability of proteins, by measuring thermo-unfolding, refolding, chemical denaturing and aggregation all in one system.  This allows researchers to pick the ideal conditions for storage, maximizing protein stability and functionality.

For more information about this instrument see the video below and feel free to contact RPF staff to access it.

https://vimeo.com/349134750

New prometheus machine

 

 

Trade Expo at The Mathews Pavilion, UNSW

November 21st, 2019 10am-1pm.

The Recombinant Products Facility attended the Trade Expo for a second time this year. The Trade Expo is a triannual event which features over 20 booths from UNSW services and external companies. It was a great opportunity for RPF staff to meet new UNSW staff and students who are interested in using the facility and for those needing assistance with their work. We were happy to see lots of familiar faces from our first attendance at the Trade Expo earlier this year and welcome the positive response from the UNSW community. Staff and students attending the Expo also enjoyed the catering, give ways, prize draws and free hot beverages available to participants.

 

RPF stall at the Trade Expo

 

 

Protein Techniques Workshop

May 2nd, 2019  

Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington

 

The Protein Techniques Workshop was co-hosted by our respective UNSW Network labs; The Recombinant Products Facility and the Molecular Surface Interaction Lab (link) in May 2019. Many staff and students at UNSW had the opportunity to learn about the techniques used to make and characterise proteins as well as how to utilise the great support and infrastructure available at UNSW. Topics discussed on the day included:

  • New methods in gene cloning – Dr Daniel Winter
  • Insect cell expression for membrane proteins – Dr Robert Healey
  • High throughput clone generation and characterisation – Dr Dominic Glover
  • Purification: chromatography basics and optimisation principles with case studies – Helene Lebhar 
  • Molecular Surface Interaction Lab - A/Prof Megan Lord
  • CryoEM; basic principles, access and skills - Dr Juanfang Ruan
  • Protein mass spectrometry and the BMSF - A/Prof Mark Raftery

This event was sponsored by GE Healthcare, Millennium Science and UNSW Research Infrastructure After the workshop, participants enjoyed the sponsor provided catering and were able to chat with workshop speakers.

 

protein workshop

 

 

RPF is relocating to D26

 May, 2019

At UNSW, The RPF has moved from the Samuel’s building to the recently completed Biosciences Building, D26.  Altogether, almost 160 crates of RPF equipment and chemicals were transported and unpacked in the brand-new facilities. Located on level 3 of D26, RPF has dedicated areas for Chromatography, Microbial work including fermentation, Molecular Biology, Tissue Culture, Autoclaving and various Instruments for protein characterisation. The Recombinant Products Facility is now located alongside the Structural Biology Facility providing a seamless service to further characterise proteins from researchers within the university and industry. These world class facilities in the Biosciences building have improved the cohesiveness of the lab and provide users with more than 100m2 of OGTR PC2 Lab Space. Feel free to contact RPF staff for a tour of our facilities!

 

moving crates into D26