New equipment expands the Flores Lab’s capacities to study how the gut microbes affect their hosts

Associate Professor of Biology Gilberto Flores and MSci student Luis Duran at work with the new system. (CSUN Today)

The Flores Lab spent the summer getting to know the capabilities of a new high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) system and bioreactor, made possible by an anonymous donation and matching funds totaling half a million dollars. The HPLC will let lab members isolate and identify the byproducts of bacterial metabolism, and the bioreactor will support bacterial growth in anaerobic conditions — together, they should yield new insight into how bacterial communities make a living in the human gut, and how hosting those communities impacts the health of the people carrying them.

The full story of the lab’s plans for the new equipment is on CSUN Today.