Molecular laboratories

Working in the molecular labs

Working in the molecular labs

The molecular laboratories provide an unsurpassed working environment for both new and established researchers.

The laboratories are also a centre for learning, graduate training and consultation.

Working in the labs

If you would like to work or volunteer in the labs, please see our FAQs page

Researchers from other institutions wishing to use our facilities should contact the Research Coordination Office. Before applying, you will need funding and a letter of recommendation from your institute.

We are well equipped for most molecular biology techniques but please contact the lab management team for details of specific equipment.

Museum staff wishing to use the labs must read and sign the relevant guidelines. Please request these from Lab Manager Steve Russell.

Researchers can help us by doing the following:

  • give advance notice of all lab visitors
  • give advanced confirmation of an externally funded project and budget
  • set sensible and realistic research output requirements
  • provide funding for external visitors and students
  • have a timely discussion in advance of grant applications
  • confirm start and finish project dates

Call for applications

We are now accepting SYNTHESYS applications. See the SYNTHESYS website for more details. 

Our services

Our team are available for contract work and a full consultancy service including experimental design and technical capabilities. We offer automated pipeline processes for high-throughput projects, as well as small scale research.

Find out more about the full range of services we offer.

Teaching and training

The lab team has a comprehensive variety of expertise and we are happy to train people. Fees may apply.

We currently run training for:

  • undergraduate and post graduate courses
  • individual students and researchers (staff and visitors)
  • teachers and school children


Read our protocols for common techniques: