News & Announcements

The latest biotechnology and research news from the UF | ICBR community


Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul Receives ASGSR’s 2021 Founder’s Award

UF | ICBR Director and one of the Principal Investigators for the UF Space Plants Lab, Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, was recently honored as recipient of the 2021 Founder’s Award from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research

The prestigious award celebrated Dr. Paul’s work observing stress responses and modulations of plants subjected to the novel environment of space. The publication, “Epigenomic Regulators Elongator Complex Subunit 2 and Methyltransferase 1 Differentially Condition the Spaceflight Response in Arabidopsis,” was highlighted by Frontiers in September of this year.

“I am really honored to be recognized by ASGSR in this way,” Dr. Paul remarked, “and I feel very fortunate to be able to contribute to the Society’s mission to further space exploration, and the science that makes it all possible.”

This award is the highest honor given by the Society. It is made to a member of the Society for distinguished scientific contributions to and leadership in the field of gravitational research.


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COVID Updates for UF | ICBR

Dear ICBR colleagues and customers,

The COVID19 Delta Variant is causing many of the concerns we all had in the early stages of the pandemic, and as a consequence, there is a recognition that we as a community can help mitigate the spread by also returning to some of the precautions we adopted last year. Because ICBR and UF Health share work spaces, we will adopt the same masking policy that is currently being implemented within Shands/UF Health. This practice means that everyone within ICBR public spaces must wear a mask or other covering of nose and mouth. Further, we are reducing the scope of in-person meetings within ICBR by limiting customer interactions to a single representative of a laboratory for work on self-service instruments, or visiting ICBR for consultation. If it is imperative that customers have more than one representative they are asked to please contact the relevant core director for guidance. All ICBR spaces are impacted by these procedures, including CGRC, MBI and MCS.

Please accept my personal thanks and sincere appreciation for your compliance; I know that it is profoundly disheartening to return to the constraints of 2020 operations, but I believe that it will help all of us navigate this new development in the safest, most productive manner possible.


Many thanks,

Anna-Lisa Paul, Ph.D.

Director, UF | ICBR

UF ICBR Launches New Self-Service Timer

UF | ICBR has launched their latest version of our self-service timer. Please see below, a guide on how the new timer can benefit your experience.


Accessing the Application

To access the application, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click on Access the Self Service Suite button
  3. Authenticate with your GatorLink credentials
  4. Click on Timer

Browsing the Cores

To browse the list of cores, follow these steps:

  1. On the navigation bar on top of the screen, click on Cores
  2. When the window loads, a list of available cores will be listed.

Starting the Timer & Browsing Instruments within a Core

To browse the instruments within a core follow these steps:

To see all instruments

  1. While on the Cores section of the application, click on a core or View Instruments.
  2. When the page loads, a list of instruments will appear.

To filter instruments

  1. Once you’re browsing all the instruments in a core click on Select Building on the upper right-hand side
  2. Select the desired building
  3. Click on Filter Instruments
  4. The page will load with a list of filtered instruments

Show all instruments once more

  1. If you filtered the list, click on Reset
  2. On load, all instruments in the core will be displayed

Starting a Timer Session

To start a timer session, you simply select the instrument. Within this interface, you will be presented with the necessary information regarding that instrument.

Begin a session by pressing the Start button.

Ending a Session

Simply press the Stop button to end your session immediately.

There is no confirmation when this button is pressed.

User Dashboard

On the User Dashboard you will be able to see a summary of your role within the application, graphs, and a list of your five most recent sessions.

To access your user dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. On the navigation bar, click on the user account picture. If you’re using Gravatar, it will be a picture of your choosing.
  2. From the drop down menu, click on User Dashboard
  3. On page load, a variety of widgets will appear.

Enabling or Disabling Email Communications

  1. On the User Dashboard page scroll down to the Preferences widget
  2. Click on the Receive Email drop down menu
  3. Select Yes or No
  4. Click on Save Preferences

Setting a Profile Picture

  1. On the User Dashboard page scroll down to the Preferences widget
  2. Click on Sign Up for Gravatar
  3. For directions on how to configure this feature, click on How to Sign Up

Recent Sessions

Recent sessions will your a list of your five most recent sessions. To see your recent sessions:

  1. While on User Dashboard scroll down to Recent Sessions
  2. On this widget you will see your recent sessions and if notes are present you will see a small yellow note icon.

Access Your Session Notes

  1. While on User Dashboard scroll down to Recent Sessions
  2. Click on a small yellow note icon
  3. The icon will reveal any session notes you entered.

If no icon is available, then no notes were entered.

See More Sessions

  1. Scroll down to Recent Sessions
  2. Click on See more… on the bottom right
  3. You will navigate away from the User Dashboard and you will be able to view all of your sessions.

Session History

To access your session history, follow these steps:

  1. On the navigation bar, click on the user account picture. If you’re using Gravatar, it will be a picture of your choosing.
  2. From the drop down menu, click on Session History
  3. On page load, a your history will appear.

Access Your Session Notes

  1. While on Session History scroll down to Your Session History
  2. Click on a small yellow note icon
  3. The icon will reveal any session notes you entered.

If no icon is available, then no notes were entered.

Access More Sessions

You can access more session sin Session History by clicking on the paginator on the upper right-hand side. If no paginator is available then there are no more sessions available.







UF Researcher Dr. Marco Salemi Utilizes ICBR Genomics Expertise to Understand COVID19 Epidemiology

By Steven Madore, Ph.D.

In recent years, public health emergencies caused by epidemics have led to the use of genome sequencing to identify and characterize viral pathogens. Rapid acquisition of high quality viral genomic sequences is critical for understanding viral pathogen origin, transmission and epidemiological spread. Ultimately deciphering the molecular characteristics of viruses accelerates the development of diagnostic assays and vaccine development and drug design and is important in understanding the role of evolutionary variants in viral spread through the affected population.

This virus contains a single molecule of RNA that contains the genetic information to produce new progeny in infected cells. To determine the viral genome “code” viral (more…)

UF researchers use AI datasets to track feral pigs, minimize disease risk

Courtesy of UF/IFAS
Written by Brad Buck 

Feral pigs cost the agriculture industry at least $1.5 billion in damage, disease and control costs around the United States annually, running rampant on large swaths of grazing lands. The swine root in soil and eat most everything in sight.

Farmers and ranchers will benefit from research by University of Florida scientists who are using artificial intelligence to gather data on feral hog reproduction and movement.

As they roam grazing land, feral swine carry pathogens that cause multiple diseases in cattle, like Brucella. Other pathogens, like foot-and-mouth disease, are not present in the United States, but wild pigs have the ability to transmit these foreign animal diseases. (more…)

Extinct Caribbean bird’s closest relatives hail from Africa, South Pacific

Courtesy of the Florida Museum of Natural History 
Written by Natalie van Hoose 

In a genetic surprise, ancient DNA shows the closest family members of an extinct bird known as the Haitian cave-rail are not in the Americas, but Africa and the South Pacific, uncovering an unexpected link between Caribbean bird life and the Old World.

Like many animals unique to the Caribbean, cave-rails became extinct soon after people settled the islands. The last of three known West Indian species of cave-rails – flightless, chicken-sized birds – vanished within the past 1,000 years. Florida Museum of Natural History researchers sought to resolve the group’s long-debated ancestry by analyzing DNA from a fossil toe bone of the Haitian cave-rail, Nesotrochis steganinos. But they were unprepared for the results: The genus Nesotrochis is most closely related to the flufftails, flying birds that live in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and New Guinea, and the adzebills, large, extinct, flightless birds native to New Zealand. (more…)

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