Our state-of-the-art analytical and imaging resources allow for in-depth research into molecular processes. Research within the School is supported by three facilities:
- Biomolecular Science
- Biological NMR
- Cell image analysis
Each research facility has its own manager who provides technical expertise and training for users.
Equipment within the School includes:
- Biomolecular Science Facility: Protein mass spectrometry (Waters Synapt G2Si and Bruker micrOTOF-Q), GCMS (Agilent, single quad), MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry, UHPLC, HPLC, nanoLC, fluorimetry, and circular dichroism.
- Biological NMR Facility: 600 MHz five channel Bruker Avance III spectrometer with a cryoprobe which can observe a wide range of biologically relevant nuclei at high sensitivity and a 24 place sample changer. The spectrometer is used for structural biology, molecular dynamics measurements, drug binding and discovery campaigns, metabolomics and the analysis of small molecules.
- Cell Image Analysis Facility: Zeiss LSM 880 Elyra confocal microscope with Airyscan and PALM/STORM Super Resolution, Jeol 1230 120kV Transmission Electron Microscope equipped with a Gatan One View 16mp camera with automatic drift correction, Bruker Multimode Atomic Force Microscope and Leica EM UC7 ultramicrotome and diamond knives.
Other specialist equipment available in research labs: animal cell culture facilities, animal cell and bacterial fermentation, cell sorting, anaerobic sample handling, fast reaction kinetics, parallel computing cluster, laser trap rig, automated sample handling, level 3 containment.
Practical work is at the heart of our teaching. It's important to train in a well-equipped environment as this allows you to gain the practical skills that are in high demand in the industry.
We recently spent £2 million on our teaching laboratories in order to provide a world-class environment. We ensure the equipment is updated regularly and our teaching labs are managed by a dedicated team of experienced technicians.