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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.

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; a digital and photographic imaging centre (DPIC); high field liquid phase and solid state NMR; informatics resources; medium field liquid phase and solid state NMR; a protein purification facility; scientific glassblowing; 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. Barts Cancer Institute is working with three other centres around the UK to house a multi-million pound breast cancer campaign tissue bank. The UK's first ever national cancer tissue bank, it will house tissue for scientists to study in their search for answers to how and why breast cancer develops and spreads.

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

Blizard Advanced Light Microscopy - BALM - provides high-tech multi-million pound advanced imaging technology. Researchers are able to observe, record and analyse experiments making picture perfect images and cutting-edge scientific insights. Contact a.p.wheeler for further information. The Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science is well equipped with a range of additional facilities including:

  • siRNA Screening facility which allows researchers to carry out high-throughput siRNA and miRNA screens
  • flow cytometry core facility with three high powered high speed flow cytometers are available as well as a three colour LED upright Fluorescence microscope
  • and a 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.

Computational research facilities

Queen Mary runs facilities for both high-performance and high-throughput computational work. Our HTC facility, with 1440 cores, forms part of the GridPP cluster used by experimental particle physicists. Our HPC facility includes two parallel computers with 1136 Intel cores and 868 AMD cores, both with inifiband interconnects. QMUL hosts a capacity cluster, Apocrita, as part of the MidPlus consortium. Access is available to users from QMUL, Warwick, Birmingham and Nottingham. Queen Mary scientists also use the HECToR national supercomputing facility. Read a summary of our computational and simulation 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.

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 contact l.cox for further information.

Centre for Micromorphology

This Centre uses an X-Ray CT system, scanning electron microscope and optical microscope. Contact l.cox or s.j.carr.

Wind tunnel facilities

Housed in the School of Engineering and Materials Science, our wind tunnel facilities are made up of eight low-speed wind tunnels, a very low turbulence wind tunnel, three high-speed wind tunnels, computer-based flow control system with high-speed real-time data acquisition and processing system, colour and high-focused Schlieren systems, interactive aerodynamic simulator, PIV system.

Clinical Trials Units

Queen Mary hosts specialised Clinical Trials Units – notably the Pragmatic CTU, the Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine, the William Harvey Clinical Research Centre,  and the Cancer Prevention Trials Unit. Our partner Trust, Barts Health, also hosts a Clinical Research Centre.

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