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Facilities

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Class II Biohazard Safety Cabinet

Esco AC2 safety cabinet for performing biological work in a sterile environment. It has a filtered laminar air flow and a UV lighting system for sterilization.

 

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Stereo Microscope

The olympus SZX16 stereomicroscope is used for in vitro observation of microscale features.

 

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Fluorescence and UV light microscope

The CKX41 Olympus Fluorescence Microscope is used for observation of in vitro cell cultures.  It is equipped with a mercury burner for ultraviolet light.

 

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CO2 Incubator

The lab is equipped with a Galaxy model R+ CO2 (0.2 to 20% CO2) incubator with variable oxygen control (1-19%) and high temperature and UV decontamination units for in vitrocell culture. Temperature, alarms, and CO2, O2 gas levels can be controlled, monitored, and logged via a programmable LCD display. The 170 Litre seamless chamber features HEPA filtration of gas supply inlets and active humidification.

 

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Microplate Reader

The group’s FluoStar Optima microplate reader is equipped with fluorescence intensity and UV/Vis absorbance detectors covering a spectral range of 240-900 nm. The reader can accommodate a range of multiwell plates and biological assays.

 

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Oven

The memmert steriliser oven is used for sterilisation using dry heat.

 

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High speed centrifuge

The Sigma 3K30 Centrifuge is a high-speed, bench-top model able to reach speeds up to 30,000 RPM.  It is equipped with controls for temperature and time.

 

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Autoclave

The C3 Advance Autoclave is used for steam sterilisation of glassware and samples.

 

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DC Electromagnet

DC Electromagnet (HIRST Magnetics Instruments Limited) with an adjustable air gap of 65 mm >170 mm. The electromagnet sustains linear ramped magnetic fields varying between 0 and +1.5 Tesla with a ramp rate of 10-15 seconds.

 

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CO2 mini-incubator

Electrically heated CO2 mini-incubator system (Okolab) with a ± 0.2 °C specimen temperature accuracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio-lab Instron

 

Instron® 5544 machine

Screw-driven desktop machine equipped with 5 N, 250 N, 500 N and 2 kN (± 0.5 % resolution) load cells.