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Our research facilities

Researchers make use of a variety of facilities and resources at Queen Mary - many are listed on this page. You can find detailed descriptions of facilities on academic school and institute websites, see the organisational structure page for a list. Queen Mary also contributes to the RCUK-backed equipment sharing database equipment.data and is piloting a new online system for booking our research facilities called iLab.

Advanced Molecular Imaging Service (AMIS)

AMIS was established in 2016 following a strategic investment of over £1.3m and draws together over 45 pieces of state-of-the-art advanced molecular imaging equipment. This umbrella service operates within dedicated facilities across the institutes of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, namely the Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), Blizard Institute and William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI), the School of Engineering and Material Sciences and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Over 16 highly experienced core facility staff support a broad spectrum of multi-disciplinary users ensuring cutting-edge imaging capacity at one of the leading research centres in the UK and the world.

Antenna Measurement laboratory

The Antenna Measurement laboratory supports the work of the Antennas and Electromagnetics Group and offers one of the best university experimental facilities in Europe. Contact m.candotti@qmul.ac.uk.

Augmented Human Interaction laboratory

The Augmented Human Interaction (AHI) laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies including full-body and multi-person motion capture, virtual and augmented reality systems and advanced aural and visual display technologies. Founded on a collaboration between the Interaction, Media and Communication and the Computer Vision research groups, the AHI enables exploration of the potential of digital media to enrich and transform human communication.

Biological and Chemical Sciences research facilities

Facilities based in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences include: an analytical laboratory; a confocal microscopy facility; high field liquid phase and solid state NMR; informatics resources; medium field liquid phase and solid state NMR; a protein purification facility; surface characterisation (XPS\ESCA, UPS, AES); an X-ray diffraction facility; and a Zebrafish facility.

Barts Cancer Institute

BCI has a variety of services which provide central support to the Research Centres and are available to other departments in QMUL and external users. The BCI systematically collects primary and metastatic tissue samples from an array of cancer types to support current and future research. The BCI currently hosts three national Tissue Banks and numerous local collections: see tissue banks.

Barts Cancer institute is well equipped with additional specialist facilities including:

  • Affymetrix an array facility equipped to allow for efficient and concurrent throughput of both Gene Expression and SNP Genotyping chips
  • flow cytometry facility that can provide a high quality professional service related to flow cytometric techniques using cutting edge equipment
  • mass spectrometry laboratory which supports researchers with a variety of high quality mass spectrometry based analyses (covering both proteomics and metabolomics)
  • Advanced Molecular imaging facilities
  • and an extensive Pathology Service which offers a full range of histological techniques.

For information about the core facilities and services please contact the manager Dr Linda Hammond.

Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science

The Blizard Advanced Light Microscopy Faciltiy (BALM) provides high-tech multi-million pound advanced imaging technology and experienced staff. The BALM provides a broad range of equipment to cover most light microscopy applications and has the services to suit everyone from experienced light microscopy specialists, to people who have never touched a microscope before. We can cater for simple fluorescent microscopy to superresolution imaging. State of the art equipment allows for live cell confocal imaging at 140nm superresolution at speeds of 10fps. For deep imaging of biopsies and organotypic cultures, an additional Chameleon pulsed laser bed allows for Multiphoton acquisition with excitation from 680 to 1080nm. Combined with the fast Airyscan and precision extended range piezo z drive, thick samples can be imaged extremely fast and accurately at increased signal to noise and at superresolution. Large specimens can be cleared and stained beforehand with our Clarity tissue clearing setup. Our Laser Dissection Microscope allows the collection of single cell material for analysis.

Contact
Jan Soetaert
email: j.soetaert@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2406

Belen Martin-Martin
email: b.martin-martin@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2407

The QMUL Phenotypic Screening facility allows researchers to carry out high-throughput siRNA and miRNA screens

Contact
Luke Gammon
email: l.gammon@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 20 7882 2342

The Blizard flow cytometry core faciility with three high powered high speed flow cytometers are available as well as a three colour LED upright Fluorescence microscope

Contact
Gary Warnes
email: g.warnes@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2402

And our pathology core facility providing histopathology services to members of Queen Mary and other academic institutes, as well as providing a diagnostic service to the private sector.

Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CCMMP) laboratories

A range of well-equipped laboratories supports the work of the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics including equipment for the production of nanotubes and functionalised fullerines, and laser ablation facilities to produce nanoparticles.

Clinical Trials Units

Queen Mary hosts specialised Clinical Trials Units - the Pragmatic CTU, the Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine, the William Harvey Clinical Research Centre, and the Cancer Prevention Trials Unit.

Computational research facilities

Queen Mary hosts a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster with 5000 cores, supported by the ITS Research group. QMUL researchers can use the facilities free of charge for performing computationally intensive research. A wide variety of applications are available, including Matlab, Gaussian, R, a range of compilers, and many domain-specific tools.

The particle physics group host an STFC funded High Throughput Cluster which forms part of gridPP comprising 3600 CPU cores. 

QMUL are also active participants in SES, Midlands Plus, the Thomas Young Centre, as well as specialist facilities including JADE, the national facility for machine learning and eMedLab, an MRC-funded private cloud for supporting medical biomedical research.

Film and drama studio

A fully-equipped film and drama studio is at the heart of the stunning ArtsTwo building, a £21m development which also houses the School of History

QMUL Archives

The Archives are located in the Mile End Library and hold a wealth of fascinating institutional, personal archives and rare prints, dating from the 17th Century to the present day. The collections document the rich history of the College, and provide vital evidence for research in the arts, humanities and social science. Contact: archives@qmul.ac.uk

Genome Centre

The Genome Centre has successfully provided genetic and genomic research facilities to researchers within Queen Mary and the wider Life Sciences research community for over 10 years. The facility enables studies of the genome, transcriptome and epigenome on any scale, and can be booked through iLab. Find out more about Bioinformatics, which are a critical part of this research.

Mechanical Testing Labs

The mechanical testing labs in the School of Engineering and Materials Science are equipped to carry out tests to determine mechanical properties of materials such as yield and ultimate tensile stresses, Young's modulus, shear modulus, Poisson's ratio, fracture toughness, and hardness.

The School of Engineering and Materials science is well-equipped with a range of additional facilities - see SEMS Research Facilities.

NanoVision Centre

The NanoVision Centre is a multimillion pound, state-of-the-art microscope unit, which brings together the latest imaging technologies to open up new avenues for research, combining high resolution imaging with structural, chemical and mechanical analysis. A multidisciplinary facility, the NanoVision Centre has the capacity to advance the frontiers in materials science, cell and molecular sciences, structural biology, solid state physics and the earth sciences.

Physical Geography laboratories

The Physical Geography laboratory facilities have been designed specifically to cater for physical geography and environmental science research, providing ample opportunity for varied undergraduate classes, postgraduate and academic research. The laboratories are also used for analytical work undertaken on a consultancy basis. Please visit the School of Geography for further information. The Centre for Micromorphology uses an X-Ray CT system, scanning electron microscope and optical microscope. 

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