Isoelectric Focusing System (IEF)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Colorado College has played a central role in the life of the college since its founding in 1874. Originally a department invested in the mining business, it has grown to house a full range of chemistry specialties with faculty in analytical, biochemical, environmental, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. It maintains an active program that provides American Chemical Society Certification to almost a third of its majors each year. We need YOUR help to fund a state-of-the-art piece of scientific equipment for teaching and mentored student research!
Isoelectric Focusing System
In the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, we recognize the need for a newer, safer isoelectric focusing system. We have set aside $10,000 toward the purchase of this $15,000 machine and we need YOUR help to raise the remaining $5,000!
The Chemistry & Biochemistry department will match every gift made to this cause 2:1 up to a total of $5,000!
With the additional $5,000, we will be able to safely separate proteins based on their isoelectric point, and it is compatible with our teaching and research labs’ current electrophoresis capabilities.
The new isoelectric focusing system also will enable us to introduce this technique into our biochemistry classes and in our mentored research programs, so that students can learn this important protein analysis technique early in their studies.
Your gift, of any size, goes a long way toward helping us realize this goal and help us to enrich the research and education of both faculty and students alike!
Thank you for your support!
P.S. For all our science fans, here is a little more about the technique: Isoelectric focusing is an electrophoretic technique that separates proteins based on their isoelectric point (pI; or point of no net charge). This protein characterization technique, when coupled with polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, is widely used in proteomic analysis of a cell’s total protein content, and has widespread applications in research and medicine.