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.

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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.

State-of-the-art facilities

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

The School is committed to ensuring that our research practices are mindful of their wider environmental impact. Sustainability is therefore an important part of our activity. Our sustainability page details more about our approaches.

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.

Facilities available for external users

Please check individual facilities for further details.

Research facilities

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