The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

Research Facilities

We provide outstanding research facilities and services for researchers in Biological Sciences and the wider University, local and corporate communities.

Biological Science's facilities comprise of newly-built shared research space, with all the equipment and resources expected in a modern life science laboratory, together with independently managed research facilities.  The shared laboratories contain individual research groups and common equipment areas housing tissue culture laboratories, electrophysiology facilities, a protein production laboratory, genomics equipment including real-time PCR, radiation laboratories and specialised research space for CL2 microbiology. The research facilities are independently operated and provide specialised state-of-the-art research equipment supported with dedicated technical expertise.

All facilities operate on a cost recovery basis and are open to users in other Academic Units within the University and outside organisations. With the exception of the Interdisciplinary Centre for NMR all facilities are located within the new Life Sciences Building.

Biomolecular Core Facility

Biomolecular Core Facility

Our biophysical equipment is housed in both the shared research space and in a dedicated space in the resource core of the Life Sciences Building where the more advanced equipment is housed. The facility provides access to a wide range of spectrophotometers, including mass specs, and spectrofluorimeters. For more information, contact Neville Wright, +44 (0)23 8059 4316.

Centre for Proteomic Research

Centre for Proteomic Research

The Centre for Proteomic Research combines state-of-the-art instrumentation with in-depth expertise to undertake collaborative proteomic-based projects from industry and both UK and international academic institutions. For more information, contact Paul Skipp, +44 (0)23 8059 4204.

Imaging and Microscopy Centre

Imaging and Microscopy Centre

The Imaging and Microscopy Centre provides a selection of state-of-the art research grade optical biological imaging resources which include scanning and spinning disk confocal microscopy, widefield fluorescence and transmitted light microscopy, live imaging, histology and electrophysiology. For more information, contact Mark Willett +44 (0)23 8059 4235.

Interdisciplinary Centre for NMR

Interdisciplinary Centre for NMR

We provide a platform for the application of magnetic resonance to study the structure and dynamics of small molecules, biomolecules and materials. The centre provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise to support interdisciplinary research ranging from medicine to physics. Our dedicated laboratory is equipped with a 400 MHz and two 600 MHz instruments for solution and solid state NMR. For more information, contact Joern Werner, +44 (0)23 8059 2484.

Invertebrate Facility

Invertebrate Facility

At the core of Biological Science's Invertebrate Facility are nine environment-controlled rooms, with fully user-controlled temperature and light regimes that can be used for the long-term culturing of populations of insects and other invertebrates, and for more short-term experiments such as bio-assays. There are also dedicated laboratories for work with insects and worms. For more information, contact Rachel Fitzearle, +44 (0)23 8059 2027 or Herman Wijnen, +44 (0)23 8059 4336.

Macromolecular Crystallisation Facility

Macromolecular Crystallisation Facility

The Macromolecular Crystallisation Facility is part of the Southampton Diffraction Centre (SDC).  It is located in Room 3141 of the Institute for Life Sciences Building. The facility hosts a screenmaker robot for production of custom crystallisation formulations, a nanodrop crystallisation robot, two crystal imagers with image databases to log crystallisation success and crystal growth, one of which is equipped with a UV channel, microscope and crystallisation plate incubators. For more information contact Ivo Tews, +44 (0)23 8059 4415.

Plant Growth Facility

Plant Growth Facility

The plant growth facility provides glasshouse and controlled environment rooms capable of housing a wide variety of plants. Currently the facility houses traditional (e.g. Arabidopsis) and novel research plants; plants required for undergraduate teaching programmes and a variety of food plants used to culture insects in the Invertebrate Facility.  For more information, contact Rachel Fitzearle, +44 (0)23 8059 2027 or Lorraine Williams, +44 (0)23 8059 4278.

Tissue Culture Facility

Tissue Culture Facility

The purpose built Tissue Culture Facility comprises of three dedicated laboratories for primary and secondary tissue culture. The laboratories provide access to equipment essential for the culture of mammalian cell lines, including controlled environment incubators, biological safety cabinets and fluorescent microscopes. For more information please contact Karen Platt, +44 (0)23 8059 8145 or Claire Clarkin, +44 (0)23 8059 4273.

If you have any specific queries relating to the use of these facilities, please contact the centre or unit directly.

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