Facilities and research environment in the School of Life Sciences
We provide a fast-paced, collegiate and supportive environment for our staff and students. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and collaborative opportunities, it is a setting that facilitates scientific innovation and discovery.
The School of Life Sciences research complex consists of four physically interlinked buildings. In addition, our Division of Plant Sciences is located at the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie 20 minutes away.
An enclosed atrium ‘Street’ was created between our newest building, the Discovery Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research and the existing research complex. This space is a place for meeting, collaboration and networking. It incorporates a café, informal break-out areas and a venue for public engagement.
All our laboratories in the research complex are open-plan, which encourages collaboration and interdisciplinary working. They are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. These include:
- ‘wet’ laboratories for chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology
- tissue culture suites for categories 1, 2 and 3 level work and designated spaces for radioactivity
- rooms specially designed for working with various model organisms such as yeast, Drosophila, Xenopus laevis and C. elegans
- in-house research facilities and expertise (see below)
- a high quality ‘dry’ laboratory for computational biology research
- cutting-edge plant science facilities located within our Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute
Outstanding in-house support
A critical component of our research success is the quality of infrastructure and in-house support enjoyed by our scientists. These include our Central Technical Services (media services and wash up), health and safety, IT support, stores team, laboratory management and administrative support.
Please check individual facilities for further details.
NPSC is a world-class phenotypic screening facility run by an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers who collaborate to advance the use of complex biology and to drive innovation.
The CTS is a ‘housekeeping’ service that provides core support to research labs throughout the School of Life Sciences and the D’Arcy Thompson Unit (DTU).
FingerPrints provides a state of the art Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry capability to researchers at the University of Dundee and to external academic and industrial clients across the globe.
Determining the atomic three dimensional structures of large biological molecules, to link protein structure with function and rational drug design.
Provision of human embryonic stem cells, human induced pluripotent stem cells, and associated reagents and services.
We provide light and electron microscopy resources, with a central hub in Life Sciences and facilities in Science and Engineering and on the Ninewells campus.
Providing flow cytometric analysis and fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) services and support to investigators located within the School of Life Sciences, other UoD departments, and external research bodies.
We are a team of scientists with strong computational, mathematical, and statistical skills, who can provide advice and assistance on experimental design, programming, statistics, and biological data analysis.
Workshop for the School of Life Sciences
We support the School to ensure a safe environment for staff, students and visitors.
We provide a wide range of contract research products for DNA analysis and associated services
We produce and supply thousands of reagents and provide scientific services to academics and pharmaceutical companies across the globe
The aim of the facility is to provide researchers in Dundee with access to these enabling technologies.