Facilities

Facilities available within the Biomedical Sciences section include:

  • The Hopkins Microscopy Suite and Confocal Microscopy Suite
    (with fluorescence and confocal microscopes for working with both fixed and live cells)
  • Tissue culture suites
  • Multi-mode microplate readers (absorbance, fluorescence, luminescence)
  • Multicolour flow cytometry
  • Real-time PCR
  • Digital gel scanning and documentation
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Centrifuges
  • Ultra-centrifuges
  • Chromatography including FPLC and HPLC
  • Equipment for the large-scale growth and harvesting of microbial and animal cells

The Ecology & Evolutionary Biology section has access to extensive glasshouse and plant growth facilities and controlled environment suites. A field unit about 4 km away has over a thousand square metres of covered growing space.

Whiteknights campus is 130 hectares of meadows, woodlands and a large lake and offers an exceptional on-site facility to study birds, mammals, insects and plants.

In addition, the University of Reading farms encompass considerable land-based resources in the Reading area, with some 760 hectares of farmed land and woodlands at Arborfield, Shinfield and Sonning.

Specialised core facilities available on campus include the Chemical Analysis Facility and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN).

Off-campus the university has access to the The Pirbright Institute Compton Laboratory, which offers state of the art facilities for the study of pathogens endemic to the UK, and to the MRC Harwell, which is an international centre for mouse genetics.

Structural biology studies are supported by X-ray diffraction facilities on campus as well as strong links with the nearby DIAMOND synchrotron light source.


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