Racks of fly food vials in preparation

Scientific facilities

The Institute is well provided for when it comes to on-site facilities, equipment and expertise. Our technical support staff are here to ensure researchers get the best use out of all the facilities on offer

A confocal microscope in use by NLawrence


The Institute has a global reputation for imaging. We have multiple different systems available, backed up with on-site training.

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Close up on part of a super-resolution microscope with gloved hand

Super-resolution microscopy

A dedicated team custom-builds super-resolution imaging systems on site.

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Compute cluster wires

Scientific computing

We run a high-performance compute cluster for processing the large datasets generated by sequencing, imaging, mass spectrometry and other sources.

Photo of the NovaSeq machine

Next-generation sequencing

Our dedicated specialist runs DNA and RNA sequencing on site.

Graphs of bioinformatics analysis Ahringer


The core bioinformatics team can support your experimental design and analysis.

Reconstructing tissue images on screen HallouA

Image analysis

With access to new types of imaging systems, researchers can also call on expertise in image analysis.

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Flow cytometer machine close up

Flow cytometry and FACS

There are two flow cytometers on site, and we provide two Sony SH800 fluorescence-activated cell sorters with technical support.

The media team in action with glassware

Media and glasswashing

Bespoke and standard solutions, culture plates, fly food, and washed and sterilised glassware are provided by our Media team.

Expertise is key

It’s not just about having pieces of kit. Researchers need support and training to make the most of our facilities and cutting-edge systems. Larger pieces of equipment are shared across the Institute, and within each group the lab managers and postdocs help new recruits with lab-specific culture and procedures.

A special team

Two Senior Research Associates run the Super-resolution microscopy group, working in a stable basement room where they build custom systems to enable our biologists to answer specific questions.