In order to schedule instrument time, new users are required to
complete an online new investigator/project form. Trainees should
consult with their PI or administrator to ensure accuracy of
funding source. New users will be contacted by a member of the IAL
staff to discuss the details for the instrument request and
scheduling of training.
Biosafety Requirements and Rules
Selected rooms in the IAL have been approved as BL-2 laboratory
space. In order to be able to bring the BL-2 material to the IAL,
the IAL facility and room number MUST be listed in the
investigator's IBC permit, in Section F, Agent use and Storage
Locations. The investigator is required to send a copy of the IBC
permit listing the relevant IAL laboratory room and the BL2
organisms, to Dr. Rola Barhoumi Mouneimne (firstname.lastname@example.org),
before bringing the BL-2 samples. When using the BL-2 labs in the
IAL, all users must follow the rules posted. This applies even to
those users that do not work with samples requiring IBC permit.
Signup Procedures for Electron Microscopy Instrumentation
Individuals may reserve electron microscopy equipment in person,
by phone (979)845-9527, or by e-mail (email@example.com).
Signup Procedures for Optical Microscopy Instrumentation
Microscopes may be operated by individuals who are trained and
checked out by one of the facility staff for the particular
application desired. Each investigator using fluorescence
facilities is responsible for the design and analysis of his/her
experiments. Core facility personnel may provide experimental
design and data analysis support based on normal collaborative
research agreements. Individualized training and/or instrument use
can be scheduled through Dr. Rola Barhoumi Mouneimne in person, by
phone (979)458-1149, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scheduling any fluorescence imaging equipment can be done up to,
but not exceeding 4 weeks in advance.
A maximum of 3 hours per day per user during regular business
peak hours (7:00 am - 5:00 pm) can be scheduled in advance. If no
one else has signed up, the machine may be used until the next
scheduled user arrives.
To avoid being charged for scheduled use of a microscope, notice
must be provided during regular business hours on the day prior to
cancellation of an appointment.
Data should be moved from each instrument to each users
preferred storage media at the end of each imaging session. The IAL
is not responsible for data that is left on the instrument for more
than one week.
All new electron microscope and major equipment users will be
required to demonstrate competency on the instrument they wish to
operate. Investigators who have qualified on instruments elsewhere
must be instructed in the use of the current equipment prior to
checkout. Individual operators must be able to assess the working
condition of an instrument and they will be held responsible for
informing IAL personnel if an instrument is not performing
All microscopes will be maintained in a ready state by IAL
staff. This ready state of the microscopes will permit individuals
desiring such services to sign-up for instruments during the normal
working week. A written log of use for each machine is also
maintained with lamp hours, and any issues recorded.
Use of the instrumentation will require a user's fee that will
be posted annually. All IAL users must have an account number on
file prior to using the laboratory.
Invoices will be prepared monthly.
Separate charges will be billed for technical staff-assisted
All users of the Image Analysis Laboratory are responsible for
the safe utilization of instrumentation. Electrical and chemical
hazards, as well as hazards associated with the utilization of
high-vacuum instruments exist. No biohazardous material may be
brought into the laboratory unless procedures for their use and
disposal have been approved and all members of the Image Analysis
Laboratory are properly informed of potential hazards.
A handbook of safety procedures and a Texas A&M University
Hazardous Waste Disposal Manual is located at the entrance of the
laboratory. Users of the Laboratory are obligated to use proper
safety procedures, and are expected to both read and understand the
contents of these documents. Material Data Safety Sheets are
maintained on all chemicals used in the laboratory. Contact a staff
member for manuals.