Center for Life Sciences Technology

Based at the University of Houston, the Center for Life Sciences Technology (CLiST) is engaged in developing innovative interdisciplinary reserach-based education, 21st century workforce development, outreach, and cutting edge research. The Center provides access to space, expertise, and equipment for local biotech companies and serves as a platform for innovation and institutional collaboration.

For the main research emphasis, we use different molecular tools to collect, test and enhance wildtype and/or engineered bacterial strains for biodegradation of xenobiotics in soil and water. Our principal focus concerns organophosate (OP) pesticide remediation, with an added interest in the breakdown of several other high impact xenobiotics common to the Houston-metropolitan area including herbicides, oil products and byproducts as well as polychlorinated organic waste. In addition, we use our growing bacterial collection to actively engage our students in undergraduate research experiences to prepare them for the 21st century STEM workforce.

History of Using Drupal

Evolving with the Biotech Program

We began using a customized version of Drupal 6 for the first biotech classes at the University of Houston in 2008 to help students keep track of their data, enhance collaboration and improve data analysis. We have continued to use this approach to collect data from the BTEC 3100 class every fall semester, upgrading the Drupal version from 6 to 7 and soon to 8.

A Vision for the Future

Making experiemental data management easier and better

Drupal has proven to be very useful for our needs, but we believe that we have only used a small part of what Drupal could easily be used for in a laboratory setting. The purpose of this site is to further explore possibilities, share experiences and empower other labs for the use of Drupal for even more capabilities in the management of experimental data.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Research Integrating research into undergraduate curricula
  • Education Preparing students for biotech research & industry
  • Workforce Development Provide ongoing training courses for professionals
  • Outreach Biotech training courses for high school teachers and students

CLiST has been supported by grants from the Texas Workforce Commission, National Science Foundation and other private and public funding agencies