The new tissue dissociator will help Dr Issa perform important experiments using standardised and reliable methods. This is particularly vital in the analysis of samples from clinical studies. The tissue dissociator breaks up lumps of tissue into either a cell suspension for cellular assays or a homogenate for the isolation of molecules, such as RNA or protein.
Making our experiments more efficient, reliable and standardised will really help advance our goals. - Dr Fadi Issa
Dr Issa, who is a clinician scientist in the Transplantation Research Immunology Group (TRIG) at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, will use the equipment to dissociate mouse heart, spleen and skin as well as human skin, intestine and umbilical cord. Breaking the tissue up into cells will enable him to isolate specific cell groups in order to analyse or culture the cells.
He said: 'I am very grateful to Miltenyi for providing us with this critical piece of equipment. Making our experiments more efficient, reliable and standardised will really help advance our goals. We have been working with Miltenyi for a number of years in both basic, translational and clinical studies and look forward to continuing this valuable relationship.'
Miltenyi Biotec donated the equipment as part of an international prize draw, in which professional graffiti and concept artist Lars Kesseler designed and hand-crafted a special edition of the prize. He had previously designed a different instrument - the autoMACS Pro Separator - to help celebrate the company's 25th anniversary.
Miltenyi Biotec is headquartered near Cologne in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, and has offices across the globe. The company is a provider of products and services that support scientists, clinical researchers, and physicians across basic research, translational research, and clinical applications.