University of Dubuque Awarded $9,535 Grant to Purchase Microplate Reader

Dec 5, 2019 | University Relations staff

Dubuque, Iowa – University of Dubuque was recently awarded a $9,535 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association to purchase a microplate reader to enhance the teaching and research capabilities of UD’s cellular and molecular biology laboratory facilities.

A microplate reader is a device that indirectly counts numbers of cells and/or the absorbance of light at a defined wavelength in a 96-well plate format, which allows for research projects to run much more efficiently. The Epoch Microplate Spectrophotometer will be used in two types of experiential projects – teaching and research – for science and pre-medical students.

“Students doing research will be able to use this piece of equipment to test more data as the microplates allow dozens of reactions to happen and to be recorded at the same time. This means student research project outcomes will be more robust,” said David Koch, PhD, associate professor and head of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Koch added, “This is an instrument used often in cell biology and microbiology laboratories and will provide the opportunity for our students to learn useful skills.”

The Dubuque Racing Association awarded $1.1 million to 129 area charitable organizations this year. The DRA is operated by a volunteer board comprised of 21 directors who work together to guide operations at Q Casino. The DRA holds the license for casino-gaming operations of Q and is the co-licensee for the Diamond Jo Casino.