The TRUGen Applied Genomics Laboratory officially opened in December 2017, thanks to funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, and partnerships with ThermoFisher Scientific, DMark Biosciences and Agilent.

Building on more than five years of experience with the Ion Torrent and, more recently, the Oxford Nanopore MinION long-read sequencing platform, TRUGen is co-located with the Biocatalyst and Bioproducts Development Facility and the Proteomics and Protein Purification Laboratory. As such, we have end-to-end microbiological, molecular, proteomic, analytical and sequencing capacity.

Sequencing platforms

PCR and qPCR

Sequencing library preparation

Fermentation capacity

  • Four 14-L autoclavable stirred tank reactors that have been modified to operate at temperatures up to 90 C° pH, temperature, DO2 and foam control; 4-gas mixer
  • Six 1-L airlift bioreactors
  • Orbital shakers
  • CO2 incubators
  • Biological safety cabinet
  • Tissue culture roller drums
  • Ultra-low temperature freezer
  • Anaerobic gas manifold

Proteomics and protein purification

Analytical instrumentation

TRUGen houses a gas chromatograph with Flame Ionization Detector, Electron Capture Detector and Pulsed Flame Photometric Detector, as well as a CombiPAL autosampler for liquid, headspace and Solid Phase Micro Extraction injections.

TRUGen has access to:

  • Agilent Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight Liquid Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry (Q-TOF LC/MS) System
  • 500 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Gas Chromatography — Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) System
  • Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometer