Molecular laboratories

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.


Cheddar Man

The Channel Four documentary was filmed here after Dr Selina Brace extracted Cheddar Man's DNA in our ancient DNA lab. Sequencing was carried out by our team in the sequencing facility.

The molecular laboratories consist of four units

Women in science and research

Found out about some of the women who work here.

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.

The laboratory facilities are available to all science staff and training can be provided. Staffed by specialists in molecular biology we also carry out interdisciplinary research for all Museum departments.

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


What are you doing in there?

Join the team

Sorry but we are no longer accepting applications for students seeking work experience.


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 who are based or studying at the museum)
  • teachers and school children


Read our protocols for common techniques:


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