We are delighted to welcome Dr. Lisa Nigro as MARS postdoctoral facility scientist. Lisa brings years of experience exploring microbial communities from a wide variety of environments.
MARS has been busy developing low cost, high throughput surveillance screens for the UConn community.
Monitoring Covid in wastewater across UConn.
COVID-19 UPDATE 2020/05/20 MARS is resuming in person lab work. We will process samples that we had received before the ramp down first. All labs wanting to resume in person lab work must apply for and receive OVPR approval. Feel free to contact us if you are planning on submitting samples while waiting for OVPR approval.
COVID-19 UPDATE 2020/05/12 MARS is working on protocols for ramping back up. See the OVPR page for guidance.
COVID-19 UPDATE 2020/03/18 Research activities are ramping down at UConn this week. Paulina and Bailey have been working extra hard this week to get as many samples processed as possible. We will have one last sequencing run Friday and will be sharing that data next week. Kendra will be available for bioinformatic and general data management assistance via video chatting during the shut down. Don't have a lab database but have been thinking about building one? Talk to Kendra, she loves databases!
2020/03/13 We continue to follow guidance from UConn. Our goal is to remain open as long as the university is allowing research. We have ~2-3 weeks worth of samples in hand that we will continue processing. If you have samples for us, there's no need to rush them over today because we won't be able to work on them for a couple of weeks. If you want to reserve your place in the queue, fill out the sample submission and we will contact you when we are ready to process your samples. We will work out sample transfer at that time. As always, reach out to us with questions . Like you, we are trying to figure out how to work or seclude as the situation develops.
MARS will be closed Dec 23-27. Happy Holidays!
Kendra is running a week long workshop on microbiome/amplicon analysis using mothur and R again, Dec 16-20. Participation limited to 15. If you have taken this workshop before and are interested in helping teach it, please let us know.
MARS welcomes our new tech Paulina!
MARS rates have changed as of the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1). See services page for details.
We have cleared out the backlog from Kendra's absence! Turn around times should be back to normal (see services page)
MARS welcomes our new tech Bailey!
Kendra is away from Mars till Feb 12 to spend time with a new baby! Response and processing times are longer than typical during this time.
Kendra is running a week long workshop on microbiome/amplicon analysis using mothur and R again, Dec 17-21. Participation limited to 15.
Kendra is offering a new short workshop. 2 day introduction to R and microbiome/ecology statistics. Aug 20-21, 2018
MARS welcomes our new tech Nicholas Hellmann to the team!
MARS has moved to the new Engineering and Sciences Building Rm 309.
Join us at CT Bioblitz 2017 in Greenwich. Kendra will have interactive data from last year's bioblitz.
Kendra is running a week long workshop on microbiome/amplicon analysis using mothur and R again this summer, Aug 21-25, 2017. Participation limited to 10.
MARS welcomes our new tech, Samantha Sanford! We wish Peter Cardoz well in his new position at Jax.
Join us for a 2 day workshop, Introduction to data visualization using R, Jan 12-13, 2017
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MARS has moved to Beach Hall Rm 201. Come visit our new space!
Join us for our first week long workshop on microbiome/amplicon analysis using mothur and R, Aug 15-19, 2016. Participation limited to 10.
MARS rates have changed as of July 1
MARS is participating in the 2016 Bioblitz!
The White House issues call to action on microbiome research.