Core Research Facility
GPAST has established a province-level laboratory at Pokhara 33, as a common R&D platform for the public, academia, industries, governmental, non-governmental, and private organizations of Gandaki Province. Although GPAST has planned to involve in various sectors and areas of science and technology, for now, it has prioritized its research toward phytochemistry, food chemistry, nutraceuticals, and pharmaceuticals. So, the lab is equipped with both basic and modern technologies required for the research of these thematic areas. Equipment like rotary-evaporator, Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC) appliances, etc. have already been set up in the lab and many other instruments are scheduled to arrive soon after completing the procurement process. Researchers can prepare extracts from various plants and study their biological activities in vitro and further expand their research work in isolation and identification of active phytochemicals. Quantification of major phytochemicals in the different plants and formulations and other pharmaceuticals can be achieved using the UPLC system. Moreover, this lab is also capable of developing formulations, paving the way to commercialization. Thus, promoting the prosperity of Gandaki Province through the utilization of available natural resources.
Currently, the research laboratory of GPAST has a team of two scientists, one research associate, and one lab technician working collaboratively to operate the lab. Individual researchers, students, and faculties of different institutions can make optimum use of the lab facilities. GPAST has planned to expand the research facilities in other thematic areas (engineering, biotechnology, molecular biology, etc.) in the near future.
List of equipment available at GPAST Core Research Facility
The Core Research Facility is equipped with both basic and modern technologies such as UPLC, Rotary Evaporator, Cryogenic Lyophilizer, Karl Fischer/Potentiometric Titrator, pH Meter, Conductivity Meter, Refractometer, Centrifugal Vacuum Concentrator, Centrifuge, Vortex, Hot Air Oven, Autoclave, Sonicator, Shaking Incubator, -80 °C Freezer, Spectrophotometer, UV Transilluminator, Melting Point Apparatus, Viscometer, Analytical Balance, Microscope and Water Purification System.Read more