iLab worked with the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory to reverse engineer and build the lab a gel electrophoresis system. A gel electrophoresis system sets up an electrical field which can then be used to separate DNA and/or RNA by size. Samples of DNA/RNA load into one end of an agarose gel and then the electrical charge is applied through thin platinum wires. The negatively charged DNA/RNA will migrate through the gel towards the positive end with smaller fragments moving more quickly through the gel matrix than larger ones. Once the run is complete the gel can be stained to visualize the DNA. By comparing with known standards we can assess the quantity and quality of total DNA or check size and quantity of amplified fragments.
The iLab completed the redesign of a LiDar GPS datalogger that can be mounted onto a drone. The design included a 3D printed housing, 2-layer PCB design, CNC milled components, and the full system build. Details on the base system design and utilized code can be found in the following github repository; https://github.com/EvaLeunissen/Whalength.