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In collaboration with more than 25 skilled professionals in STEM fields from academia, industry and government, the Ruffin NeuroLab, LLC uses both in-person and virtual platforms to engage students/professionals.

Virtual training is performed using the Zoom  and Google platforms. In-person training occurs at the Ruffin NeuroLab, LLC. 

In addition to the Shared Spaces at the VA BIO & Tech Park containing Laboratory equipment (Autoclave Room. Freezer Room, Cold Room, and DI Water), there are several break rooms, work spaces, and conference rooms. Conference rooms can accommodate ~75 people.

Fisher Scientific Stirring Hot Plate

Robinair CoolTech Vacuum Pump

Fisher Scientific MAXIMA C Vacuum Pump

Fisher Isotemp Dry Bath

Barnstead Electrothermal Flask Heater

Glass-Col Electrothermal Flask Heater

Olympus IX71 Inverted Microscrope

Thermo Scientific Evolution 3000 UV Spectrophotometer

Thermo Scientific Heratherm Incubator

Fisher Scientific Electrotherm glass heater

Edwards nXDS Scroll Pump

HERAcell 240 CO2Incubator

Biological Safety Cabinet – Level 2

Analytical Balance

Beckman Coulter AVANTI ® J-26 XPI Centrifuge

Genesys 6 UV-Vis Spectrometer

Genesys 5 Spectrometer

Fisher Scientific Sonicator

Branson Sonicator

Fisher Scientific Isotemp Water Bath

Pierce Reacti-Therm Heating Module

Shared Equipment:

Research Techniques

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Research techniques and equipment are used to address scientific questions.  In the Ruffin NeuroLab, we focus on the 1) understanding research ethics, 2) understanding the proper use of equipment 3) training in data acquisition using multiple techniques, and 4) training in data analysis.

Research in Progress

Reading and understanding scientific journal articles and reviews complement the academic development of the STEM professional. In the Ruffin NeuroLab, we focus on the 1) development journal comprehension and proficiency of 2) written and 3) oral skills by providing a platform to discuss advances in STEM education, research, and careers using scientific journal articles. If you are interested in presenting a scientific journal article, please follow the link below:

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Abstracts and Presentations

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Scientific discovery results from STEM research. The Ruffin NeuroLab is a platform for STEM researchers to present scientific research. Students have access to and can engage with over 25 trained STEM research professionals in disciplines such as Neuroscience, Physiology, Immunology, Microbiology, and Clinical Medicine. 

Scientific Manuscripts

Immunocytochemical identification of electroneutral Na(+)-coupled HCO3(-) transporters in freshly dissociated mouse medullary raphé neurons.

The sodium-activated potassium channel Slack is modulated by hypercapnia and acidosis

Soluble prion protein and its N-terminal fragment prevent impairment of synaptic plasticity by Aβ oligomers: Implications for novel therapeutic strategy in Alzheimer's disease.

Effects of metabolic acidosis on intracellular pH responses in multiple cell types

Intracellular pH regulation by acid/base transporters in mammalian neurons

Reflections of six neuroscientists: The influences of training at minority serving institutions

Professional Careers in STEM

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