Department of Biology & Biochemistry



Key facilities

  • X-ray crystallography
  • 600MHz NMR facility
  • crystallization robot
  • phosphorimaging service
  • transgenic mouse, Xenopus and Drosophila facilities
  • Xenopus and zebrafish aquaria
  • GM glasshouse
  • controlled environment rooms for GM plants and insects
  • Microscopy and Analysis Suite includes electron and atomic force microscopes and a Bioimaging Suite for confocal, FACS and calcium imaging
  • stopped-flow kinetics
  • CD spectroscopy
  • dedicated molecular biology server
  • micro-array reader
  • robotics platform
  • bioinformatics support
  • tissue culture for plant and mammalian cells

Labs and equipment

Our buildings provide world-class, cutting-edge facilities to our students and staff:

One of the many undergraduate teaching laboratories.

  • 4 South, completely refurbished at a cost of £5m
  • 3 South, built at a cost of £4m
  • Bioscience services building used by researchers in the departments of Biology & Biochemistry and Pharmacy & Pharmacology, completed in September 2007, at a total cost of £4M, including state-of-the art facilities for transgenics and for in vivo pharmacology including behavioural studies

All laboratories are purpose-designed to a high standard. The buildings include a multi-purpose central area with a coffee bar, a reading room, an 80-seater seminar room and two 10-seater meeting rooms.

In addition there are extensive glasshouses including:


  • a GM glasshouse
  • GM controlled environment rooms for plants and insects
  • anaerobic chambers
  • a central media, sterilisation, decontamination and washing up facilit
  • a central stores including deep-frozen reagents from major manufacturers

Many of our facilities are centrally managed by the Microscopy and Analysis Suite (MAS)  and the Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF) with a wide range of techniques available and staffed by dedicated research officers.

The MAS have a Bioimaging Suite which includes two confocal microscopes, an LSM510 and an LSM510meta, an electron microscopy suite with transmission, scanning, STEM and atomic force microscopes, and facilities for live-cell calcium imaging.

Research students are also able to access a Biotechnology course which provides a range of training, including elements of entrepreneurship. Additionally, we encourage and financially support students wishing to visit other institutions in order to learn new techniques.