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Biological and Soft Systems


BSS has in-house facilities for cell culture. These include labs dedicated to the culture of bacteria, animal and human cells (including cancer). The labs are fully equipped to deal with bacterial pathogens and malaria (P. Falciparum), and their preparation underpins a wide range of work, from stem to infection, from immunity to cancer.

Recently a new lab has been set up for the study and culture of algae, extending our capabilities for the study of algal motility and microbial ecology. Simple genetic manipulations are possible, and more complex procedures are often supported through the Department of Veterinary Medicine nearby, and through our collaborators in the Department of Plant Sciences.

Facility managers: Dr Sarah Bohndiek and Tim Fitzmaurice, Dr Pietro Cicuta (pathogens and malaria), Dr Ottavio Croze (algae) and Dr Eileen Nugent (bacteria)