Facilities and centres of expertise

Research in the Institute of Integrative Biology is supported by a strong infrastructure that includes 5000m2 of secure laboratory accommodation in the Biosciences Building, organised into eight large, well equipped, multi-user laboratories.

The Institute contains its own aquarium, insectary and glass houses to host researchers' model species of animals and plants. Further research is hosted at the University's Leahurst Campus and Ness Botanic Gardens.

We host several of the Faculty's shared research platforms, including key elements of the national research infrastructure:

Centre for Genomic Research

Centre for Genomic Research

Equipped with all major high-throughput next generation and third generation sequencing and array platforms, the CGR offers a wide range of applications, with complementary informatics and analytical processing of data.

GeneMill Synthetic Biology Lab

GeneMill Synthetic Biology Lab

The Liverpool GeneMill provides end-to-end design, construction, and validation of gene constructs for academic and industrial applications. The GeneMill enables construction of artificial biological devices, pathways, or networks; or the re-engineering of existing ones.

Centre for Proteome Research

Centre for Proteome Research

The CPR addresses a range of challenges in protein mass spectrometry and proteomics as applied to biology and biomedical sciences. The CPR is dedicated to the development of new experimental approaches, the application of which extends beyond animal biology.

Centre for Cell Imaging

Centre for Cell Imaging

The CCI has a state of the art suite of custom-designed temperature-controlled rooms for optimal live cell imaging. All microscopes have temperature and gas control to maintain cells or organisms alive in their physiological environment.

Centre for Metabolomics Research

Centre for Metabolomics Research

The CMR applies metabolomics to all areas of biology with an aim to understand systems at the cellular, tissue and whole organism level, developing robust and reproducible metabolomics platforms that can be used in human, plant and microbial studies.

Barkla X-ray Laboratory of Biophysics

Barkla X-ray Laboratory of Biophysics

The Barkla X-ray Laboratory of Biophysics is a combined crystallography-scattering X-ray facility, the first such university centre in Europe, providing research and training in X-ray structural biology and molecular biophysics.

Mammalian Behaviour and Evolution

Mammalian Behaviour & Evolution

The MBE facilities are set in 1000 sq m of laboratory and office space with 4000 sq m of outdoor rodent enclosures and a small neighbouring field laboratory. Featuring custom-built environmentally controlled rooms for studying rodent behaviour in semi-natural enclosures, the labs are fitted with video tracking and remote recording facilities.

Computational Biology Facility

Computational Biology Facility

The CBF seeks to remove any informatics bottlenecks in the Omics pipeline by offering services and bioinformatics solutions ranging from large scale analysis, such as full systems biology investigations to smaller scale and bespoke services.

NMR Centre for Structural Biology

NMR Centre for Structural Biology

The Centre houses a 800 MHz, 700MHz, and 600 MHz solution-state spectrometer equipped with cryogenic probeheads, and two with autosample changers. There is also an associated computing laboratory in the Centre dedicated to data processing and analysis.

Development Facilities

In addition to these technology platforms, the Institute hosts development facilities, including Enzyme Assays and Nanodrop Crystallisation.

Further information

If you have any questions about our facilities or the services we can offer, please get in touch.