Our facilities help researchers in the Faculty to carry out ground-breaking work in biological, medical and health sciences.
Set in and around The University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus and close to local hospitals, our core facilities form the focal point of the University's biomedical corridor.
All of our research facilities are staffed by skilled experimental officers and technicians, providing an efficient and effective means of both delivering key technologies and generating a skills repository, which is essential in maintaining our international competitiveness.
Many of our facilities are set within the Michael Smith Building, the AV Hill Building and the Core Technology Facility, which are all physically linked, inspiring communication and collaboration.
The BioAFM Facility offers Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging and micro/nano-mechanical characterisation capabilities to the University and the wider scientific community. The Facility, which currently houses three atomic force microscopes, specialises in analysing soft, biological-related materials.
Visit the BioAFM Facility website
The Bioimaging Facility offers state-of-the-art imaging equipment to all members of the Faculty, the University and beyond. There are over 16 different microscope systems, so if you have a project that requires imaging we should have a system to meet your specifications.
Read more about the Bioimaging Facility.
The Bioinformatics Facility brings together experts in genomics analysis to support the Faculty, as well as providing data management support. The facility also supports analytical software for genomics analysis.
Read more about the Bioinformatics Facility.
The Biomolecular Analysis Core Facility is a state-of-the-art resource for the identification of proteins and the subsequent investigation of their size, shape and interactions.
The facility is one of the largest of its kind in the country. It contains 16 complimentary analysis systems, including nine biophysical and seven mass spectrometric.
Read more about the Biomolecular Analysis Core Facility.
The DNA Sequencing Facility provides high quality, high throughput sequence data to the entire campus of the University of Manchester and beyond. The sequencing facility processes thousands of samples per week, contributing data to hundreds of projects both within the Faculty and further afield.
Read more about the DNA Sequencing Facility.
The facility houses five electron microscopes, a comprehensive preparation laboratory which includes a range of specialised sample preparation equipment, a photographic dark room, digital imaging facilities and a suite of computer workstations for image processing.
Read more about the Electron Microscopy Facility.
As the original high content analysis technique, flow cytometry is an essential tool for cellular analysis. A flow cytometer has the ability to make multiple measurements on individual cells and to do that on thousands of cells per second, which can reveal the heterogeneity in cell populations hidden by other techniques.
Read more about the Flow Cytometry Facility.
The Manchester Fly Facility is one of the largest Fly facilities in the UK, supporting research involving the genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster. This dedicated state-of-the-art facility and the unique expertise therein is open to all scientists who already use fruit flies or intend to expand their research to Drosophila.
Visit the Manchester Fly Facility website.
The Genomic Technologies Core Facility (GTCF) is housed in purpose-built laboratory space in the Michael Smith Building. Funded largely from grants from the Wellcome Trust, the Facility was established to provide access to cutting-edge post-genomic technologies.
Read more about the Genomic Technologies Core Facility.
The Histology Facility provides the equipment and technical support for producing high quality tissue sections for microscopy. Handling of tissue prior to histology is a key step in obtaining good data. We provide advice and protocols on the best methods for tissue preparation, preservation and processing in order to achieve the best from your samples.
Read more about the Histology Facility.
The Centre is among the most technologically advanced in the UK. As well as the latest surgical equipment, instrumentation and virtual simulators, it also features a live audio-visual link to an operating theatre at Manchester Royal Infirmary. This allows real-time communication between surgeons and trainees, helping to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
We only use fresh-frozen cadaveric tissue – considered the gold standard for surgical training – to give delegates as realistic an experience as possible and allow them to practice complex procedures in a safe and realistic environment.
The Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre is home to the University’s Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facilities, including two research dedicated clinical PET scanners and two pre-clinical PET cameras, along with a 1.5 T research MRI scanner and a table-top pre-clinical MRI system.
Visit the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre website.