Concordia Shanghai

Thermo Fisher Donates Specialized Science Equipment to Concordia

The access to advanced laboratory analytical equipment will enable chemistry and biology students to conduct specialized lab studies and enhance the learning experience

Concordia International School Shanghai received a NanoDrop One spectrophometer from Thermo Fisher Scientific on Thursday, September 30. 

The specialized lab equipment enables students to analyze DNA and protein samples, study reaction kinetics, and will allow Concordia to expand course offerings in future years. 

Thermo Fisher representatives Mr. Lewis Choi (Vice President, Digital & IT APAC and Emerging Markets, and a Concordia Parent), Mrs. Lisa Li (Sr. Marketing & BD Manager, Materials and Structural Analysis Division), and Mr. Hong Ming Zhang (Channel Sales Manager, Materials and Structural Analysis Division) visited the Concordia Shanghai campus on Thursday for an official handover and demonstration of the equipment. Students received an introduction to the NanoDrop OneC from Mr. Hong Ming, who showed how the NanoDrop OneC can be used by students who are working to isolate proteins or nucleic acids. The instrument quickly measures the concentrations of these molecules, helping students to assess progress in their research. Some of the students in attendance had also been part of the summer internship at Lyvgen Biopharma where they had access to a spectrophotometer. They are looking forward to working with the NanoDrop right here on our campus. 

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Brian Beckman (Concordia Faculty), Mr. Todd Gordon (Concordia Faculty), Ms. Anne Love (Concordia Faculty), Mr. Steve Winkelman (Concordia Head of School), Mr. Lewis Choi (Thermo Fisher Vice President, Digital & IT APAC and Emerging Markets),  Mrs. Lisa Li (Thermo Fisher Sr. Marketing & BD Manager, Materials and Structural Analysis Division), Mr. Hong Ming Zhang (Thermo Fisher Channel Sales Manager, Materials and Structural Analysis Division)

The NanoDrop is joined by an Agilent diode array detector (UHPLC), a Yi Heng rotary evaporator, and Motic dissecting microscopes. The UHPLC is still en route. When it arrives a science day will be planned to showcase the full range of new equipment. 

Concordia and Thermo Fisher have a long history of partnership. Many pieces of equipment are Thermo Fisher's. Additionally, when the HS building was being designed and constructed, scientists from Thermo Fisher helped to design the actual science labs. 

Present to receive the lab equipment for Concordia were Head of School, Mr. Steve Winkelman, who thanked the scientific corporation representatives.  “We are grateful for the support of our corporate partners, and thank Thermo Fisher for their generous contribution.  These laboratory machines will enhance the learning experience, support the growth of student learning outcomes, and certainly help cultivate a passion for science.  This is directly in line with Concordia’s vision for continuous academic excellence and providing unique opportunities for our students”, Mr. Winkelman said. 

HS Science teachers Brian Beckman and Todd Gordon seeked to enhance Science students’ learning experience through access to laboratory analytical tools.   They created a dream list of high level lab equipment that would enable hands on learning in current courses and new courses like Forensics and Biochemistry. 

The use of the specialized equipment, which will be housed in the HS Biology laboratory, was made possible through the generous support of Thermo Fisher, the Cai Family, and gifts to the Concordia Fund. 

The use of these analytical instruments will help increase student understanding of scientific concepts and increase the quality of student research projects,” Mr. Beckman said.  “It’ll provide opportunities for connecting conceptual knowledge to the laboratory procedures and tools used to verify our current understanding of natural phenomena. We view the possibility for students to verify their predictions (based on learned concepts) with practical experiences (in the laboratory) as an invaluable asset to the development of ability and passion for learning science, “ he added.  

Student research at Concordia is currently supported by an Independent Research class, and student projects cover a wide-range of science and biology topics.  

What is the NanoDrop OneC spectrophotometer?   

The NanoDrop enables independent research by chemistry and biology students to analyze DNA and protein samples and study reaction kinetics.  The machine performs spectrophotometry on very small (µL) samples. This is very useful for analysis of DNA extracts and proteins, which students in past Independent Research classes have studied. There may also be applications for AP Biology, AL Epidemiology, and Forensic Science students. 

Lab experiences that include micro-volume spectrophotometry analysis biological samples could be part of an expanded biochemistry course offering in future years, as envisioned by the Concordia Science team. 

Pictured: Mr. Hong Ming Zhang explaining to students how the NanoDrop One C can be used