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Food Microbiology Laboratory

 

  Food Microbiology Laboratory  Food Microbiology Laboratory

 

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Texas Tech University
ATTN: Brashears Lab
Experimental Sciences Building Room 313
Canton & Main
Lubbock, TX 79409

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The food microbiology laboratory is located in the new Experimental Sciences Building (ESB) on the Texas Tech University campus.  The building is dedicated to research and houses only research activities.  The food microbiology laboratory is 7500 ft2 with additional rooms for media preparation, tissue culture, walk-in coolers, and instrumentation.  Each floor of the building has 2 centralized autoclaves.  The building houses a BSL-2 animal facility, plant growth chambers, as well as state of the imaging center that houses our electron microscopy program, and a CORE facility with sequencing facility, Microarray Scanner, Real-Time PCR, Mass Spectrometry (MALDI TOF/TOF) and other molecular biology or biochemistry tools and equipment.  The following pieces of equipment are located in the laboratory:

Pathogen Processing Laboratory

 

  Pathogen Processing Laboratory  Pathogen Processing Laboratory

In addition to the microbiology laboratory, a 750 ft2 pathogen processing area is in a separate room from the lab in the Food Technology Building.  In this area we conduct HACCP validation studies with pathogen inoculated foods and process them under industry conditions.  Equipment housed in this area are as follows:

Mobile Laboratory

We also have a mobile laboratory that can be taken to farms or processing plants for on-site sample collection and analysis.  The mobile laboratory, a converted 26’ travel trailer, is equipped with bathroom facilities and refrigerator/freezer from the original design.  The trailer was retrofitted with workbenches and can house incubators, waterbaths, an autoclave and other supplies needed for on-site pathogen analysis.