The group manages the plumbing that allows various media types – voice, video, data – to be exchanged within the Janelia Farm Research Campus as well as making content accessible to outside audiences and collaborators. We bridge the gap between the network drop in your workspace and the high-performance computing resources within the Janelia Farm datacenter, as well as any other resource you might need access to outside the campus.
We also implement and support enterprise application solutions that are intended to facilitate the sharing of information within and outside of your department. This includes applications such as e-mail as well as document workflow and collaboration solutions, namely in the form of Microsoft Sharepoint.
Our hope is that the solutions we develop erase technical boundaries that the network infrastructure sometimes imposes on cutting edge research. Our expectation is that solutions such as 100 gigabit Ethernet, voice and video conferencing over IP, as well as application-aware firewalls eliminate traditional computing constraints while also maintaining a balanced security posture.
The majority of the Facility's work involves fly food; however, bacterial and worm plates, along with other media products, are also provided to all of Janelia. The Facility typically fulfills orders within 24 hours and deliver orders to the labs. The Facility has an on-site MediaTech storeroom that provides researchers with a wide variety of media products instantly and at a low cost. This allows the Media Facility to have a smaller staff; reduces the amount of quality control testing; and provides the flexibility to produce more individualized products that are not commercially available.
The Molecular Biology Facility performs quality control testing of all our antibiotic bacterial plates and media.
Fly food – cornmeal based
- Vials and bottles
- With additives (i.e., retinal, G418)
- 12-well plates
- 100-mm plates
- 60-mm plates
Fly food – dextrose based
- Grape juice plates
- Charcoal plates
- 4% agar plates
Bacterial plates: The Media Prep Facility provides researchers with all types of bacterial plates. There are bench-top sterilizers and automated plate pourers that are capable of making up to 9 liters of 100 mm bacterial plates (~300).
Standard Lambda plates and the following antibiotic plates are made routinely:
- Ampicillin 60 μg/ml
- Chloramphenicol 30 μg/ml
- Kanamycin 50 μg/ml
- Tetracycline 15 μg/ml
- Carbenicillin 50 μg/ml
- Variety of salts and buffers
- Sterile Eppendorff tubes