Laboratory Equipment and Facilities

Laboratory Equipment and Facilities

IHMRI’s laboratories have been designed to host a broad range of basic science research. Facilities include:

  • six large open-plan laboratory modules
  • primary and established tissue culture areas
  • dedicated bacterial culture area
  • two large common equipment areas
  • two darkrooms
  • two cold rooms; each incorporating storage and work areas
  • four constant temperature rooms
  • two microscopy rooms
  • dedicated, restricted-access medium level radiation work area
  • -80 degree freezer holding rooms
  • dedicated, restricted-access quarantine facility
  • reticulated gas and vacuum throughout the building
  • reticulated distilled and Milli-Q water supply to laboratory modules.


Our laboratories are also home to some of the latest equipment for scientific and medical research. Major equipment is listed below by category.


Automation 1 x Liquid handling workstation (Hamilton STAR 60)
Bacterial Culture 4 x Biosafety cabinets (Class II)
1 x Cell density meter (Biochrom, C08000)
1 x CO2 incubator (NuAir)
Miscellaneous shakers and incubators
Cellular Analysis
1 x Cell analyzer (Roche, RTCA DP Xcelligence)
1 x Eppendorf (5810R)
1 x Heraeus (Fresco 21)
1 x Heraeus (Labofuge 400R)
2 x Heraeus (Megafuge 1.0R)
1 x Heraeus (Biofuge Primo)
3 x Heraeus (Multifuge X3R)
1 x Heraeus (Multifuge X1R)
2 x Sorvall (RC 6+)
1 x Sorvall (MTX150)
Controlled Temperature Rooms 4 x Constant temperature rooms
2 x Cold rooms
1 x HPLC (Waters)
2 x HPLC (Agilent)
2 x MPLC (Bio-Rad, NGC Quest 10) 
1 x LPLC (Bio-Rad, Profinia)
1 x LPLC (Bio-Rad, BioLogic)
Dark Room 1 x Film processor (AGFA, CP1000)
2 x Silver recovery units
2 x Dark room facilities
Digital Imaging
1 x Molecular imager (Carestream, Gel Logic 2200 PRO) 
1 x Molecular imager (Carestream, Gel Logic 212 PRO)
1 x Cell imager (Essen Bioscience, IncuCyte ZOOM)
Flow Cytometry
1 x BD LSR-II (equipped with 3 lasers)
1 x BD LSR Fortessa X-20 (equipped with 4 lasers and FACSFlow System)
1 x Cell sorter (Bio-Rad, S3)
General Laboratory Equipment
1 x Analytical balance (Mettler Toledo, XS105DU)
6 x Fumehoods (Conditionaire, Safe-tee Series 2000)
2 x Glassware dishwashers (Miele)
2 x Glassware drying ovens
1 x Label printer (Zebra, GK420t)
2 x Ice machines
12 x Vacuum pumps (Welch)
Reticulated gas (Argon, carbon dioxide, nitrogen)
Miscellaneous fridges and freezers
Miscellaneous incubators, rockers and shakers
Miscellaneous microscopes
Miscellaneous microwaves
Miscellaneous water baths
Mass Spectrometry and related
1 x GC-MS (Agilent, Triple Quadrupole 7000A)
1 x LC-MS (ThermoFisher Scientific, LCQ Fleet)
Access to many other leading-edge MS and NMR machines via the School of Chemistry
Microplate Readers
2 x Molecular Devices (SpectraMax 384 Plus) 
1 x Confocal microscope (Leica TCS SP5 Advanced System - UV-VIS-IR and X1-Port Access with SMD FCS and CO2 incubation chamber)
1 x Fluorescence microscope (Nikon TE2000-E with cell incubator chamber)
1 x Microscope camera (Moticam 2000)
1 x Microscope camera (Leica, DM750 with ICC50)
Various basic microscopes
Molecular Analysis 1 x Electrophoresis bioanalyser (Agilent, 2100)
1 x Flow cell fluometry (Abacus, Luminex LX100)
1 x Isothermal titration calorimetry (TA instruments, Nano-ITC)
1 x Particle analyser (Malvern, Zetasizer APS)
1 x Particle analyser (Nanosight, LM10)
1 x Spectrophotometer (Thermo Scientific, NanoDrop 2000c)
PCR 3 x PCR (Eppendorf, Mastercycler Pro S)
1 x RT-PCR (Roche, LightCycler 480 II)
1 x Beta counter (Perkin Elmer, Tri-Carb 2810 TR)
1 x Beta imager 2000 (Biospace)
2 x Contamination monitor (MiniInstruments, 900 series with EP15 probe)
1 x Contamination monitor (ThermoFisher, RadEye B20-ER)
1 x Gamma counter (Perkin Elmer, Wallac 1480)
1 x Fume hood (Conditionaire, Safe-tee Series 2000)
Purpose-built radiation room (medium level)
Sample Preparation
1 x Automated vacuum tissue processor (Leica, ASP 2005)
2 x Cryostat (Leica, CM1950)
1 x Cryostat (ThermoFisher Scientific, Cryotome E)
1 x Freeze dryer (Christ, ALPHA 1-2 LD plus)
1 x Gene pulser (Bio-Rad)
1 x Homogeniser (Avestin, C5)
1 x Linear Stainer (Leica, ST4020)
1 x Rotary microtome (Leica, RM2255)
1 x Paraffin embedding station (Leica, EG1150H)
2 x Sonicator (Branson, 250) 
2 x Autoclave (PC2) (Getinge, H5 5510 EC1)
1 x Autoclave (PC3) (Getinge, GE 6610 ERC-2)
Tissue Culture
8 x Biosafety cabinets (Class II, various)
1 x Cytotoxic cabinet (Safemate, 1.2 Cyto)
1 x Laminar flow cabinet (Purair)
10 x CO2 incubator (HERAcell)
1 x CO2/O2 incubator (HERAcell)
9 x Liquid nitrogen storage dewars
2 x Liquid nitrogen dispensing dewars
Liquid nitrogen vapour storage vessel
Ultra Low Temperature Freezers
6 x -80C freezers (Forma, 900 series)
1 x -80C freezers (Forma, TSU700 series)
1 x freezer monitoring system (Testo, Saveris)
Water Purification System
4 x Milli-Q water (Millipore, Advantage A10)


Last reviewed: 11 February, 2015