The Genomics Core Facility offers services for microscopy, molecular biology, and nucleic acid sequencing. Our genomics capabilities include DNA extraction, DNA shearing, size selection, quantification (Bioanalyzer, Qubit and qPCR), indexed adaptors, and next-generation sequencing with an Illumina MiSeq. Other machinery include a flow cytometer and several centrifuges for both small-scale and large-scale applications. The Core also hosts on-site stores for laboratory consumables stocked by Light Labs and Promega. Please visit the Genomics Core Facility website for more information, or contact Jill Castoe (jmcastoe(at)uta.edu).
A partnership with Shimadzu has brought tens of millions of dollars of spectrophotometric and imaging machinery to UT Arlington, bringing powerful proteomics and genomics capabilities to Biology. HPLC, gas chromotography, MALDI-TOF, imaging, and more are available. A comprehensive list of equipment can be found here.
The Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center is available for researchers who use reptiles and amphibians in their studies. Over 115,000 specimens are housed in the ARDRC and active field work around the globe continues to fueld the growth of the museum. The ARDRC also has a frozen tissue collection.
University of Texas System Resources
Because UTA is a member of the University of Texas (UT) system the GBG enjoys special access to both the UT Southwestern Medical Center Genomics Core (UTSW-GC; genomics.swmed.edu) as well as the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC; www.tacc.utexas.edu).
The UTSW-GC is located in Dallas, an approximately 20 minute drive from the UTA campus. Operation of the facility is supplemented with University resources, which allows extremely low pricing for investigators within the UT System. The facility is equipped with Illumina sequencers, including both the HISEQ 2000 and HISEQ1000. The Core can receive flow cell ready samples (sequencing libraries that are prepared by the user) or perform sequencing library production for genomic libraries, RNA-SEQ applications, and small RNA (microRNA) applications. Data output routinely will provide de-multiplexing and alignment to the genome of choice using the Illumina ELAND DNA sequence aligner. Limited access to post sequence data analysis software is also available through the core, including both CLC-BIO and Genome Studio software packages. The core is in the process of developing more extensive bioinformatics core functions and will provide analysis with the vcf tools (1000 Genomes project) to users for an additional charge.
TACC is physically located on the UT-Austin campus and is one of the premier computational resources in the US. As a leading resource provider in the NSF XSEDE project, TACC is one of 11 centers across the country providing leadership-class computing resources to the national research community, including dedicated computational biology support. TACC has several resources suited to handle either (or both) computationally intensive research requiring a large number of CPUs, as well as memory intensive applications requiring large (1TB) RAM nodes. As part of the UT system, UTA faculty enjoy high bandwidth connections to TACC and are allocated up to 500,000 CPU hours per year at no cost.
Fellowships and Grants
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Open to first and second year students, this fellowship offers a $30,000 stipend for three years. It is highly competitive. Applications are typically due in November.
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant - Open to doctoral students who has passed their qualifying exams, this grant provides up to $15,000 of research money. The proposal is eight pages and is highly competitive. Applications are due in October.
NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) - This program is available to graduate students with an interest in working with sponsors in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. It offers a summer stipend to expenses both abroad and at home.
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs - Aimed at increasing diversity in univerisities, these fellowships offer support for predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellows.
Phi Sigma - The Biology Honors Program at UTA, Phi Sigma offers scholarship and camaraderie amongst graduate students in the Biology Department as well as competitive research grants.
The Rosemary Grant Award - The Society for the Study of Evolution provides assistance to early Ph.D students (first two years) to collect preliminary data for their dissertations, with the goal of enhancing their research beyond their current capabilities. Awards are ~$2000.
Society of Systematic Biologists - The SSB offers graduate student (first two years) research awards of ~$1500.