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Researcher in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester

Research facilities

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.

Biological mass spectrometry

The Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility is a state-of-the-art resource for the identification, characterisation and quantification of proteins.

The facility has five mass spectrometry systems including the latest QExactive HF mass spectrometer along with a host of complimentary ancillary equipment for sample preparation. The facility is supported by five highly experienced members of staff, including a dedicated informatician, so we can support your project at all levels from initial concept to data interpretation and publication.

Read more about the Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility.

Biomolecular analysis

The Biomolecular Analysis 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 nine complimentary biophysical analysis systems.

Read more about the Biomolecular Analysis Core Facility.

Cleanroom facility

The University of Manchester Cleanroom facility provides researchers with the ability to translate their regenerative medicine research from basic studies and pre-clinical work, to clinical trial manufacture, by providing the capacity to generate clinical grade investigational medicinal products.

Read more about the Cleanroom facility.

Electron microscopy

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.

Flow cytometry

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.

Fly 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.

Genome editing unit

Formerly the Transgenic Unit, the Genome Editing Unit (GEU) has grown in recent years to offer expanded gene and genome engineering services. 

We apply the latest cutting edge technologies to generate your research models, ranging from cultured cells to whole organisms.

With access to the entire molecular toolbox, and in particular CRISPR-Cas9, we aim to work with you to build better models to truly reflect your biological system of interest.

Find out more about the Genome Editing Unit.

Genomic technologies

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.

Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre

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.

Visit the Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre website.

NIHR/Wellcome Manchester Clinical Research Facility

The NIHR/Wellcome Manchester Clinical Research Facility (MCRF) is a dedicated and purpose-built clinical research facility supporting world-class experimental research in adults and children.

It works with patients, hospitals, universities, industry and others to take the best new ideas from cutting-edge science, and use them to create new tests and treatments that benefit patients more quickly. MCRF provides operational support services to assist investigators undertaking high-quality research with in-patient and out-patient areas (adult’s and children’s), laboratories, and imaging and technical support.

Visit the NIHR/Wellcome Manchester Clinical Research Facility website.

Systems Microscopy Centre

Facilities include a state-of–the-art suite of microscopy and imaging equipment, specifically designed for non-invasive imaging of cellular processes.

The Centre is focused on quantitative single cell analysis combined with iterative mathematical modelling to understand the role of timing and cell heterogeneity in signalling, gene expression and cell fate.

Visit the Systems Microscopy Centre website.

Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre

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.