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Chemical and Biological Sciences

Biochemistry professor Shelley Lusetti, right, works with student Inoka Menikpurage in her laboratory (Photo by Darren Phillips).

Biochemistry professor Shelley Lusetti, right, works with student Inoka Menikpurage in her laboratory (Photo by Darren Phillips).

State-of-the-Art X-Ray Irradiator Boosts NMSU’s Research

IMG_0724Addition of an X-ray irradiator and dosimetry system enables NMSU faulty in the chemical and biochemical sciences to conduct innovative research in diverse areas. The equipment was recently purchased through a $260,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to Shelley Lusetti, NMSU Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Researchers are using the equipment to study DNA damage and repair mechanisms, insect stress physiology, sterile insect technique, developmental biology, plant physiology, and plant breeding (including algal biofuels). The equipment also helps with career development of faculty in several scientific fields, and provides training and educational opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Lusetti is also the Co-Director of the NMSU RISE Graduate Training Program and the Program Coordinator for the NM IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence.

NMSU’s X-ray irradiator and dosimetry housed in the Foster Hall (Photo by Hamid Mansouri Rad).

NMSU’s X-ray irradiator and dosimetry housed in the Foster Hall (Photo by Hamid Mansouri Rad).