Physiology & Biophysics

Gerald T. Babcock
Lab Manager
AAS, Medical Laboratory Technician, State University New York
BS, Recombinant Gene Technology, State University New York

School of Medicine E552A
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106-4970
Phone: 216-368-4766
Fax: 216-368-5586

Work/Research Focus

I serve as Lab Manager (RA-IV) for Dr. Boron's lab. I provide purchasing support for all the lab members, including research and acquisition of new equipment and support/calibration of existing equipment. I act as RSO and safety officer which includes arranging appropriate safety training for new and existing lab personnel. I assist with upkeep and maintenance of the equipment in lab as well as The Mouse Physiologic Phenotyping Core (MPPC).  Administratively, I actively support the grant writing process; which involves budget preparation and justification, animal protocols and justification. Additionally, I assist in writing and submitting protocols for IACUC and IBC approval which includes annual renewals.

In addition to my lab duties, I am responsible for maintaining the gas supply to the manifolds which supply Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide to the Physiology labs and tissue culture rooms. I am often involved in troubleshooting equipment issues related to departmental instrumentation.

About Me

I have been employed by Case Western Reserve University for 11 years. I joined the Boron Lab in August of 2007 as Lab Manager when Dr. Boron moved his lab from Yale to CWRU. Prior to this I worked a brief, but satisfying period in the Laboratory of Dr. Jeff Schelling at MHMC’s Rammelkamp Research Institute working on protein expression and regulation of NHE1 in proximal tubule cells. Prior to this I worked for several years in the laboratory of Dr. Michael F. Romero, Ph.D. at CWRU in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. In the Romero lab, I used molecular biology techniques (PCR, Sub-cloning, etc...) to insert various cDNA’s for transporter proteins into oocyte expression vectors. I performed survival surgery to isolate oocytes from Xenopus laevis frogs. I also synthesized and injected cRNA into Xenopus Oocytes for expression in electrophysiology studies. I also performed some microinjection studies on Zebrafish under Caroline Sussman, Ph.D. I originally joined CWRU in 2001 as a Lab Manager in the laboratory of Dr. Huntington F. Willard, Ph.D., Chair for the Department of Genetics at CWRU. Prior to CWRU, I worked as Department Manager and later Administrator for the Department of Molecular Biology at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Lerner Research Institute for 5 years. This was preceded by 5 years work as lab technician in the Neuroscience lab of Dr. Richard M. Ransohoff, M.D. & Ph.D.

My education includes a B.S. in Biochemistry in the Recombinant Gene Technology program from the State University of New York at Fredonia, New York (1988). I received an A.A.S. degree in Medical lab Technology from the State University of New York at Alfred, New York (1986). I graduated with a Regents Diploma in Math and Science from Wellsville High School in Wellsville NY (1984). I currently live in Eastlake, Ohio with my wife Shawna and our four Children; William, Nathan, Andie and Adam.

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