A Bio-Rad CHEP Mapper for Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) is available through the Animal Sciences Department in the College of Agriculture. PFGE is a molecular fingerprinting technique used to identify and classify bacteria. PFGE analysis can aid in epidemiological investigation by providing rapid detection of outbreak-related cases, distinguishing outbreaks strains from other strains, as well as tracking contamination within a food system.
The technique is commonly considered a gold standard in epidemiological studies of pathogenic organisms and has been adopted by PulseNet, a global network of health and food regulatory laboratories coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To access the machine, housed in Upchurch Hall on the main campus, contact Dr. Luxin Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org.