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04-07-2011

Clarkson University Lab First to Beta Test State-of-the-art Fluorescent Microscope

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A Clarkson University laboratory is one of the first to beta test the Etaluma LumaScope, a new state-of-the art fluorescence microscope.

Costel Darie and Ph.D. student Izabela Sokolowska in the lab.Etaluma of Carlsbad, Calif., has provided the microscope without cost to the Biochemistry and Proteomics Laboratory of Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Costel Darie, which will soon begin to implement it.

Darie's lab studies the role of tumor differentiation factor (TDF), a new pituitary hormone, in breast and prostate cells under both physiological (pregnancy and development) and pathological (cancer) conditions.

The lab also studies serum biomarkers in men and women with various types of cancer and in children with autistic spectrum disorders.

The lab will use the microscope for fluorescent immunocytochemistry, to aid in the identification of oncological and neurobiological protein biomarkers and their targets. The LumaScope will be available to users from the departments of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science and Biology.

Etaluma Inc. is a privately held life sciences company focused on bringing analytical and diagnostic instrumentation to a greater spectrum of users by decreasing the cost and complexity of these devices and encouraging the open-source development of applications for their use.

Read more about the Biochemistry and Proteomics Laboratory at http://people.clarkson.edu/~cdarie . Read about the Etaluma LumaScope at http://www.etaluma.com/products/lumascope .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Clarkson University Biochemistry and Proteomics Laboratory of Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Costel Darie is beta testing the Etaluma LumaScope, a new state-of-the art fluorescence microscope. Left to right: Darie and Ph.D. student Izabela Sokolowska in the lab.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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