Cutting edge facilities for innovative research and development
The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh has a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities that provide insight into the biological make-up of living systems under varying experimental parameters.
We can offer access to equipment on a fee-for-access basis, offer a bespoke service, work on collaborative R&D projects, provide training or advice on experimental design and support with data analysis and interpretation.
We kindly request that you acknowledge use of facilities in all resulting publications. Acknowledgement is also a way of showing appropriate respect for your colleagues. Our facility staff make a huge contribution to our research success and recognition of this is essential. You can read more about our policy on this issue here.
Design and Build
Today the ability to 'learn by building' through the disciplines of synthetic biology, genetic engineering and biotechnology has opened up many new research and development avenues.
The only automated UK facility for the design and assembly of large DNA constructs.
Production and purification of high quality proteins, supported by biophysical analysis of proteins and ligands
Greenhouses and controlled environment plant growth facilities including a containment facility (for work with pathogens) and bespoke soil mixing capabilities.
Measure and Analysis
We have a wide range of state-of-art equipment that can interrogate many biological parameters from DNA through to whole cells in situ.
Offers a wide range of gene sequencing techniques – from Sanger sequencing through to next-generation and whole genome sequencing across all species, training in bioinformatics, experimental design and data analysis is also available.
Offers proteomics and metabolomics analytical workflows using conventional and innovative label-free mass spectrometry techniques. In-line robotics and advanced mass spectrometry provide capacity for medium to high-throughput screening.
Offers high-performance analysis and sorting capabilities. 20 parameter multiplexing capability with aseptic cell sorting technologies, including 4-way simultaneously sorting and single cell cloning. The facility offers HTS plate acquisition with support for experimental design and analysis.
COIL is a Wellcome Trust funded facility containing the most up to date imaging equipment
A comprehensive selection of MICROSCOPY techniques are available ranging from scanning electron microscopy through to light microscopy available on an access basis or bespoke studies. Can also offer single-cell analysis in conjunction with microfluidics.
The facility offers a broad range of techniques for drug discovery, chemical biology and biophysics including chemoinformatics, label-free affinity screening, bead-based screening, single molecule techniques and high content screening.
Provides high-throughput microplate imaging of live cells in-situ, with laser-mediated cell processing capabilities.
We provide assistance to incorporate effective data management strategies into research workflows, turning data management into a benefit rather than a burden. Find our wiki page here.