Accuri Flow Cytometers, a company specializing in cell analysis products and software, has presented one of two Creativity Awards to two University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science faculty members.
The award to assistant professor Karen Orcutt and assistant research professor Kjell Gundersen comes with a full-featured analytical Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer System worth $44,000. The portable system, which may be used aboard research vessels, includes a workstation computer, software, flow cytometer and custom filters.
The two earned the award for their winning abstract detailing research they would perform if provided access to the system, which includes using the flow cytometer system to better understand the nitrogen cycle in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
“Our proposed research will provide a novel and direct method to detect and quantify nitrogen fixing cells in the marine environment,” said Orcutt. “This new application of the Accuri C6 cytometer has the potential to be transformative in the way we detect microbial cells in ocean systems.”
Flow cytometry is the process of counting and examining microscopic particles in fluid. Accuri developed the Creativity Award Program to support new and innovative research and help researchers expand the use of flow cytometers.
For more information about the Southern Miss Department of Marine Science, online visit www.usm.edu/marine or call 228.688.3177.
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The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast .