The Chlamydomonas Resource Center, located on the fourth floor of the Biological Sciences Center in St. Paul, is the the world’s only living stock collection devoted to the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Found in nature in soils and fresh water, this unicellular alga makes its living through photosynthesis and positions itself for light capture by the beating of its two flagella. Chlamydomonas has long served as a premier genetic model system for studies of photosynthesis and other metabolic processes. Similarly, it provides a model system to study assembly, motility, and signal transduction in cilia, organelles implicated in numerous human diseases. Chlamydomonas is also used in translational research projects with a focus on algal biofuels and hydrogen production. More than 70,000 mutant strains and other research materials reside in the Resource Center. The strains are cared for and distributed by curator Matt Laudon and by a team of dedicated undergraduate students. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the resource center has sent materials around the world to more than 2,000 academic, government and industrial labs as well as to individual high school students over the past ten years.
Dedicated undergraduates staff the NSF-funded center for Chlamydomonas, a powerful algal model organism.Dedicated undergraduates staff the NSF-funded center for Chlamydomonas, a powerful algal model organism.