Our Services

Our state-of-the-art facilities provide a bespoke service for your research, training and consultation needs.

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.

We are available to train, advise, or carry out lab work by prior arrangement.

 The following are routine:

  • DNA extraction; Botanical, entomological, zoological, ancient or environmental samples, including  limited, archival &/or potentially degraded material. Solvent or column based.
  • RNA extraction in a dedicated RNA lab, as above.
  • PCR, optimisation and troubleshooting, difficult templates, long products.
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR); genotyping, comparative expression or absolute quantification, SNP analysis, parasite/infection load.
  • DNA/PCR purification and concentration
  • Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) and Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) analysis
  • Cloning and genetic manipulations
  • Probe construction and analysis eg. for in-situ hybridisation
  • In situ hybridisation studies
  • Sanger and Next-Generation sequencing (including sample preparation)
  • Library construction
  • Molecular sample storage

The following techniques may be available, please contact the LMT for information:

  • Protein analysis
  • Allozymes
  • Cell culture
  • Formalin Fixed Paraffin Embedded samples (FFPE)

We also provide research support to eligible NHM researchers. Please see the About us page for information.

  • eDNA at the museum
    Environmental DNA (eDNA) at the NHM

    The molecular labs can extract environmental DNA from a wide range of sample types and are open to contract or collaborative projects.

  • molecualr laboratories
    PCR set-up service

    We can set up your PCR plates for you, using the Janus automated workstation.

  • vogletrix

    The lab's sequencing team have over 20 years experience between them and are processing over 75,000 samples a year. Find out more about the bespoke sequencing services they offer.

  • Working in the labs
    Teaching and Training

    The lab team has a comprehensive variety of expertise and we are happy to tailor teaching and training to your needs. Find out more about what we have to offer.

  • molecular laboratories
    The Ancient DNA lab

    Find out about the newest facility in the molecular labs

  • Molecular Biology Laboratories

    Find out what equipment is available in the molecular laboratories and how equipment purchasing works.

Commercial enquiries

For commercial interests please contact 

NHM Consulting

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5816
Fax: +44 (0)20 7942 5841
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