Genetics Department Resources

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Genetics Department Resources

The Department of Genetics Business Office staff of eight serves all members of the department. As such, it is responsible for providing a full set of services including purchasing, invoice processing, budget management, human resource support, scheduling, safety related matters and other responsibilities. Our Main Office, Room 330, is located on the 3rd floor of the New Research Building adjacent to the elevator lobby. Typical hours are 8 AM to 5 PM. We can be reached by phone at 617-432-7666.

Administrative Organization

The Computer Facility provides desktop, server, and specialized computer support for the Department of Genetics and other customers in the Longwood Medical Area. The Computer Facility utilizes and supports Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems on a wide variety of hardware.

The Drosophila RNAi Screening Center (DRSC) facilitates genome-wide and related cell-based RNAi screening in Drosophila for researchers from around the world. Since its beginning in 2003, the DRSC has successfully guided HMS and visiting screeners through the process, including help with assay development and optimization, data and image analysis, and planning of follow-up assays. The DRSC provides screeners with the equipment and guidance needed for RNAi screening and a full-genome library of dsRNAs for RNAi knockdown or one of several specialized functional sub-libraries. Screens performed at the DRSC have resulted in an impressive number of publications on a wide range of topics in high-profile journals.

Technologies such as TAL effector nucleases (TALENs) and the CRISPR/Cas system are opening doors to many new avenues of research by facilitating introduction of specific engineered changes in cells or whole organisms.

The Genome Engineering Production Group (GEPG) provides researchers with easy, low cost access to custom reagents for genome engineering.

The HMS BioPolymers Facility (BPF) is a non-profit service center that offers cutting-edge technologies at little cost with a fast turnaround time. Many services are offered on a variety of platforms. The BPF also includes a stockroom program that makes popular products available at a discount with no shipping costs. The Biopolymers Facility is located in NRB 0087-0088.

Kristen Bearce Lee is responsible for providing a full set of services including research support, building maintenance, shared equipment support, safety issues, emergency contact, key requests, after-hours access requests, and new equipment tagging. Kristen's office, Room 201, is located on the 2nd floor of the New Research Building next to the freight elevator. She can be reached by phone at 617-432-0591 or by email at kbearce [at] genetics [dot] med [dot] harvard [dot] edu